Grand Teton National Park Wildflowers and wildlife Workshop
Dates - June 14 - 18, 2017
Investment - $1195 (Initial Payment of $495)
Lodging not included
Availability - Limited to 6 participants
Like ancient guardians, the Grand Teton Range looks out over the Snake River Valley, creating some of the most majestic and captivating landscapes in the United States. With nothing blocking their view, these approachable mountains create dramatic scenes, and are surrounded by a thriving ecosystem that has remained unchanged. With 480 acres to explore and photograph, there is never a shortage on great photographic opportunities.
With the melting of the spring snows, wildflowers will be making their annual appearance, along with pronghorn, moose, grizzly and black bears, elk, bison and numerous bird species. Ponds, lakes and rivers in this area create intriguing scenes and reflections to photograph as well. We will take you to some of the iconic locations along with spots that have become our favorites over the years. There will be opportunities to photograph landscapes, wildlife, and we will spend one night photographing the night sky. Come along to photograph this beautiful rugged landscape with us!
WHAT TO EXPECT
First and foremost, we are not in this to extend our portfolio or get a free paid trip, we visit and explore the areas we teach workshops in regularly. This is not a vacation for us, we are on the road full time and spend plenty of time in these areas on our own.
Early on in the workshop we will not photograph at all, our focus is on you and your learning, we will not run off to make our own photographs. As the workshop progresses, we will take a few photos in a limited manner, this is so you can see how we approach a scene, and create comradery with the group, our focus will always remain with you.
Above all, we want this to be a fun experience for you, with our small group size we get to know our clients very well, and we feel like they are part of our extended family. We do this for the love of photography, there is nothing that gives us greater joy than seeing our clients grow and find their artistic vision.
Day 1 - We will meet at the hotel lobby at 5:30pm for introductions and go out for dinner, we will then drive out to our first location for sunset, which is at 8:30pm.
Day 2 - In the morning we will wake early to catch sunrise and then go out to find wildlife in the soft morning light. We will then come back to town for brunch as a group. In the afternoon we will take a break, go out to dinner, and photograph sunset.
Days 3&4 - Sunrise and morning shoot again. In the afternoon we will have image critiques and post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop. Dinner and Sunset shoot.
Day 5 - We will rise early for sunrise and be back at the hotel by 10am, at which time you are free to go.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Transportation from the hotel to the locations we will be photographing
- Small class size of 6 maximum
- Water and snacks
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Meals - we will be eating together as a group though
Temperatures are generally pleasant in June, daytime temps can reach the 80's, but are generally in the 50-60's. Early morning shoots can be fairly cold, so bring your cold weather gear as well. Hiking boots or trail shoes are recommended. A rain jacket may be necessary as well for the summer monsoon storms.
Most locations are near the road and will only require short hikes on even terrain.
Finding your vision will extend into post processing, I feel this is one of the most important aspects of finding your creative vision. We will cover topics ranging from basic raw development in Lightroom to advanced burning and dodging using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop. You will be amazed at what can be achieved when you know the how and why of advanced post processing.
We will be doing critique sessions for those interested in an honest critique. These can be past images, or those taken during the workshop. Please limit to 10 images that you truly want feedback on, and have them ready on a jump drive.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring a variety of lens from ultra wide angle, standard and telephoto. A tripod will be needed as well. If you bring a suitcase full of lenses, plan on bringing a secondary bag for taking out on shoots and only bringing a couple of the lenses, we will advise what to bring for each location. Bringing too much gear only weighs you down and gives you too many options, not a good scenario for exploring your creativity.
For post processing please bring a laptop with the current version Lightroom and Photoshop. we will be covering Luminosity Masks, I use the TKPanel created by Tony Kuyper, if you are interested in using this you may download the panel from http://goodlight.us/writing/actionspanelv4/panelv4.html
Please bring materials for taking notes as well.
Lodging is not included, but we have a block of rooms held at TBD for a special group rate , please mention you are with the Exploring Exposure group. You may choose to stay here or any hotel of your choice in Jackson, WY. You may also to choose to camp, I can give recommendations on places to camp if you prefer this option.
You are responsible for getting to Jackson, WY, after that we will be traveling as a group in our vehicles. You are welcome to follow along in your own vehicle if preferred.
HOW TO GET THERE
It is recommended to fly to Salt Lake City and rent a car, from there it is a 4.5 hour drive to Jackson. If you prefer to fly directly to the Jackson Hole Airport, please visit this site http://www.jacksonhole.com/summer-by-air.html
This workshop is not focused on night photography, but we will get out to photograph the night sky if conditions allow.
The Tetons have a wide variety of photographic opportunities in a relatively small area. Our schedule will be flexible so we can visit these locations at the best times based upon the weather. There are endless opportunities for grand scenes along with intimate landscapes.