Yellowstone in Winter with Sandy Zelasko

Join us as we travel into the magical winter landscape called Yellowstone!

Emerge yourself! Concentrate on photographing winter wildlife and mystic landscapes during this week of intense photography in the best place on earth! The trip itinerary has been carefully planned to maximize photographic opportunities for YOU! Arranged for the nature photo enthusiast as a unique journey to explore the wonders of Yellowstone National Park during winter season. All photographic skill levels are welcome. Our goal is for you to enjoy your time with fellow photographers and leave with outstanding images from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

All transportation from Bozeman, MT included, six nights total. Two days of Snowcoach travel in the interior of the park and one night at the historic Snow Lodge at Old Faithful. See the itinerary for full details.

Yellowstone/Teton In Winter with Gordon and Cathy Illg

Come photograph the best of Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks in winter! We’ll spend 6 days with iconic features and wildlife, including the National Elk Refuge, staying overnight in Old Faithful Village & the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley.

Yellowstone in Winter with John Slonina

Explore one of the greatest ecosystems in the height of winter. Incredible wildlife and landscape photography during one of the most photogenic times of year. We will travel multiple days by private snow coach. We also will travel by a private van so we can cover the world famous Lamar Valley. Join us for a incredible trip.

Winter in Yellowstone with Trent Sizemore

Winter in Yellowstone is as close to a winter wonderland as you can possibly get. Snow and cold transform the landscape into something completely different from what you’ll see in the summer months. Join us for a completely unique photography experience!

Although the bears will be hibernating, other animals like wolves, foxes, and coyotes become easier to spot and photograph. There’s also the possibility to see one of the famous Madison River bobcats that feeds on waterfowl living in the thermally-fed warm river. Bald eagles, river otters, and of course bison will be possible as well. Thermal features of the geyser basins also take on a whole new appearance, as their steam freezes on everything around them – creating a very photogenic frost.

This is an instructional photography workshop, not simply a photo tour. This trip is good for photographers of any skill level. An online course is included with the price, if you’d like to get more familiar with the basics.

We will be looking for more than just a “proof” shot of an animal, just to say you saw it. We will focus on getting more meaningful shots of those animals. We will look for great light, key behaviors, non-distracting backgrounds, vibrant colors, and other elements that improve your photographs. You will learn the fundamentals of photography as art, including the elements of art, and principles of design. You will learn how to find the best locations, when the best light occurs, and how to locate various wildlife. We will also work on the technical side of the camera, looking at exposure, sharpness, dynamic range, depth of field, and more.

Winter in Yellowstone with Trent Sizemore

Winter in Yellowstone is as close to a winter wonderland as you can possibly get. Snow and cold transform the landscape into something completely different from what you’ll see in the summer months. Join us for a completely unique photography experience! Animals like wolves, foxes, and coyotes all become easier to spot and photograph. There’s also the possibility to see one of the famous bobcats on the Madison River. Bald eagles, river otters, and of course bison will be possible to see as well. Thermal features of the geyser basins also take on a whole new appearance, as their steam freezes on everything around them – creating a very photogenic frost.

This is an instructional photography workshop, not simply a photo tour. This trip is good for photographers of any skill level. We will be looking for more than just a “proof” shot of an animal, just to say you saw it. We will look for great light, key behaviors, non-distracting backgrounds, vibrant colors, and other elements that improve your photographs. You’ll learn the fundamentals of photography as art, including the elements of art, and principles of design. We will also work on the technical side of the camera, looking at exposure, sharpness, dynamic range, depth of field, and more.

A NOTE ABOUT ETHICS
We will not photograph wildlife if it’s unsafe to do so, or if the animal starts showing signs of stress. Ethical photography is important to me, and will be of utmost importance with my workshop clients. Although most wildlife will be near the road, we won’t be able to photograph them unless we find a safe pullout to stop and shoot. Stopping in the road is not allowed, but we will be able to pass by multiple times if we can’t stop.

Because our small group is limited to three people, instruction can be completely tailored to your own skill level and interests.

NANPA Weekly Wow: June 5-11

Hot Spring Terrace at Sunset, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA © Tom Horton

Hot Spring Terrace at Sunset, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA © Tom Horton

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2017 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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NANPA Weekly Wow: March 13-19

Great Sand Dunes Storm, Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO © Hector Astorga

Great Sand Dunes Storm, Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO © Hector Astorga

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2017 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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The Commoners

Story and Photography by Kathy Lichtendahl

Cottontail © Kathy Lichtendahl

Cottontail © Kathy Lichtendahl

Anyone who has ever so much as considered going on an African photo safari is well aware of the concept of “The Big Five”. What many may not realize is that the expression originated as a hunting term used to describe those game animals most difficult to hunt on foot. Regardless, photographers and sight-seers alike have adopted the idea of seeing lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo as the sign of a successful trip. Continue reading

Winter in Yellowstone

Story and Photography by D. Robert Franz

Steam and trees on Minerva Terraces in Yellowstone National Park at below zero

Steam and trees on Minerva Terraces in Yellowstone National Park at below zero © D. Robert Franz

Winter in Yellowstone National Park is a magical destination for nature and wildlife photographers. Yellowstone is a surreal world of snow, ice, steam, frost and fog. Winter is a time of solitude and tranquility. Summer crowds are long gone leaving the amazing scenic wonders and dramatic wildlife of the park accessible for serious and studied nature photography. I would assert Yellowstone during winter an absolute bucket list location for all nature photographers. Continue reading