Jenny Wiley SP KY with Ron Gaskins & Amanda Haddox

It’s 2018, and Ron and Amanda are excited to be returning for our eighth workshop at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, KY, on October 26-28, 2018. We will have our Elk Tour, photographing the Rocky Mountain Elk in eastern Kentucky, and we’ll cruise Dewey Lake in search of eagles, hawks, herons and more. This year, in response to suggestions, we are offering an optional beginner class on Friday afternoon. “Know Your Camera” will help those on the beginning of the learning curve to understand many of the controls on their camera, what they do, and how to use them for better photography…Learn! Improve! Create!

If you’ve never joined us at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, where have you been? The Park is a beautiful site within eastern Kentucky, and one of what Kentucky has called “The Nation’s Finest” park service in the nation! With a 49-room lodge surrounded by towering pines and peaceful mountains, you’ll have a comfortable night’s rest to be prepared for our full days of photography learning. Amanda and Ron will share their knowledge and experience in photography, and demonstrate methods to improve your skills.

Grand Tetons Fall with Tom Mace

Fall in the Grand Teton National Park is a gift to any photographer attempting to capture nature at its finest. The colors of the park dramatically change establishing astonishing landscape settings with the dominating Tetons as a backdrop. Bears are fattening up and actively feeding in the lower elevations while Elk and Moose fiercely compete for mates as the Rut swings into high gear. As the bugling of the Elk warn all that winter is coming, you can’t help but slow down and appreciate the opportunity to capture this magical time of year with your camera. That is where Tripod Travelers steps in. We plan several trips to the Grand Tetons each year during Spring, Summer, and Fall as the park offers many unique perspectives as the seasons change. Our Fall Trips focus on the Rut, Bears, Moose, and Elk. We get our clients in safe positions to learn, appreciate, and capture these incredible animals as they prepare for winter. Whether Bears digging up Tubers, Elk beginning their annual migration to the Elk reserve or Moose competing in a marsh for their companion; we do our research and leverage our experience to teach our clients how to locate and photograph these animals as they all focus on the next 6 months of surviving the harsh cold that lies ahead. The landscape is also quickly transforming with Fall colors making for incredible landscape opportunities. Based on the time of year, we know the specific locations animals frequent throughout the park and we get you safely in position to seize the opportunity of photographing nature at its finest. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit.

This is an all inclusive workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotels, meals, fees, and the little things are included in the price.

Grand Tetons Fall with Tom Mace

Fall in the Grand Teton National Park is a gift to any photographer attempting to capture nature at its finest. The colors of the park dramatically change establishing astonishing landscape settings with the dominating Tetons as a backdrop. Bears are fattening up and actively feeding in the lower elevations while Elk and Moose fiercely compete for mates as the Rut swings into high gear. As the bugling of the Elk warn all that winter is coming, you can’t help but slow down and appreciate the opportunity to capture this magical time of year with your camera. That is where Tripod Travelers steps in. We plan several trips to the Grand Tetons each year during Spring, Summer, and Fall as the park offers many unique perspectives as the seasons change. Our Fall Trips focus on the Rut, Bears, Moose, and Elk. We get our clients in safe positions to learn, appreciate, and capture these incredible animals as they prepare for winter. Whether Bears digging up Tubers, Elk beginning their annual migration to the Elk reserve or Moose competing in a marsh for their companion; we do our research and leverage our experience to teach our clients how to locate and photograph these animals as they all focus on the next 6 months of surviving the harsh cold that lies ahead. The landscape is also quickly transforming with Fall colors making for incredible landscape opportunities. Based on the time of year, we know the specific locations animals frequent throughout the park and we get you safely in position to seize the opportunity of photographing nature at its finest. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit.

This is an all inclusive workshop. All workshops, ground transportation, hotels, meals, fees, and the little things are included in the price.

Yellowstone and the Tetons with Steve Gettle and Nicole Sudduth

The Greater Yellowstone Area has been called the Serengeti of North America. It is home to large herds of majestic grazing animals, as well as the predators that prey on them. When you add to that the raw scenic beauty you have a truly epic place.

The Lamar Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the Tetons, each of these is a destination onto itself. Yellowstone and the Tetons are indeed very big places with a lot of different things to photograph, from all the amazing wildlife opportunities to the waterfalls, geothermal features, and of course the scenic beauty of the parks. There is simply a lot to see and photograph in the area. For this reason we have designed this trip with nine full days to see and explore the parks.

Having been to the area over a dozen times, this trip coincides with our absolute favorite time of the year to be in the parks. At this time of year most of the tourists have left the parks, the cottonwood will be in full color, the valleys will be echoing with the call of majestic bull elk, and the bighorn sheep should be low enough on Mount Kill-a-Photographer to warrant a walk up to photograph them. At this time we may even have a picturesque dusting of snow to add drama to our Teton scenics.

Six weeks in the Smokies as artist-in-residence

Story and photography by Tom Haxby

It was my dream come true to have been the Artist in Residence as a photographer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for six weeks from September through November of 2016. I have been to the park many times and I would never have imagined having this opportunity. My background as a natural resource manager for 26 years along with my passion for photography helped to secure the chance to take photographs for an entire season in one of the most picturesque national parks. For me, it was about more than just taking photos. I wanted to take the time to gain a greater understanding of the park.

Oncoaluftee Watershed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All landscape photos seen in this article were taken with a Nikon D800 and this assortment of lenses: 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm. All were on a tripod. © Tom Haxby

Oncoaluftee Watershed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All landscape photos seen in this article were taken with a Nikon D800 and this assortment of lenses: 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm. All photos were taken on a tripod.
© Tom Haxby

The National Park Service, the Friends of the Smokies and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts sponsor the artist program in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Continue reading