One of the most magnificent places to visit as a wildlife and landscape enthusiast is Yellowstone, an area so rich in photographic potential it should at the top of everyones bucket list. With an unrivalled diversity, it is a true nirvana and this year coming Carla Regler and I are offering a new and exciting opportunity to shoot on of the USA’s icons.
The trip will begin and end in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with the group moving to West Yellowstone. Jackson is at the foot of the incredible Grand Tetons mountain range and it is here that we land. After spending a night, we leave for a three hour journey to West Yellowstone where we will spend the next four days exploring Yellowstone National Park in all it’s winter splendour from snow coaches.
There will be a myriad of photography subjects to shoot in West Yellowstone. From herds of bison, to incredible frozen forests, coyote and bald eagles, all of which are active even in the extreme cold. Elk will often graze the river edges and beautiful foxes with thick coats are often seen from afar.
On the fringes of West Yellowstone is the Hayden Valley, an excursion that we will make on one of the snow coach days. This soft undulating landscape looks like a winter golf course with lone trees and vast open expanses surrounding it. Expect to see frozen waterfalls, ravines and forests along route.
Half way through the tour we will make a return to Jackson. After a day of shooting everything and anything in transit from West Yellowstone, through Montana and into back to Wyoming we will spend the next four days exploring from our base in Jackson Hole. With the Grand Tetons, as our backdrop, we will photograph the surround countryside, with everything from the Ansel Adam’s classic Snake River, to the incredible barns at Mormon Row. Bison herds are not just situated in Yellowstone, but also in the fringes of the national park, so it’s possible to shoot animals in the landscape with a far more photogenic landscape.
We will also take every opportunity to head out at night for some wonderful astro photgraphy. Our activities will also concentrate at night-time with equal importance, the group seizing any opportunity to learn night photography skills.
If there's one way to kick of 2020, it's Yellowstone in Winter.
London Heathrow > Chicago > Jackson Hole
LHR 12:10 > ORD 15:05
ORD 19:18 > JAC 21:25
Jackson Hole > Chicago > London Heathrow
JAC 13:05 > ORD 17:05
ORD 20:35 > LHR 10:15 (4th FEB)
Thurs 23rd - Fly into Jackson Hole and stay the night
Fri 24th - Drive to West Yellowstone shooting all day
Sat 25th > Tues 28th - Exploring Yellowstone NP
Weds 29th - Drive to Jackson Hole shooting all day
Thurs 30th > Sun 2nd Feb - Jackson Hole landscapes
Mon 3rd - Return flight
Tues 4th - Arrive in UK
You need to be capable of walking for sustained periods, along footpaths and up moderate inclines. There will be no strenuous activity but it is advised that you take walks before the trips so you can cope with walking in snow, with a backpack and enjoy a week of photography in a cold climate.
We will be using a combination of large SUV 4x4’s for general travel and snowcoaches for Yellowstone NP.
We wil be staying reputable hotels in the both locations. All rooms are on a single supplement basis and we will give reductions for couples sharing a room.
Yes it is! Expect temperatures as low as -30c. It can be exceptionally cold indeed.
Ensure you bring good quality clothing and above all footwear. I use a combination of walking shoes for driving and everyday use alongside North Face Chillkats, which are snow boots with padding and warmth for the coldest of nights. I suggest merino wool socks and insulated boots. Wind chill can be a massive factor, so ensure you have merino wool base layers / leggings as we will be standing around in exposed places often for reasonable lengths of time. Ski sallopettes are perfect, a down jacket can be hired if not bought. Pack a comfortable mid layer too. Ensure a quality hat and gloves are part of your wardrobe.
A wide angle lens (16-35), medium zoom (24-70) and a longer zoom (70-300) will be ideal to cover most compositional eventualities but don’t forget the macro lens if you have one. The most used will be in the 24-70 range as a super wide angle doesn’t always translate, so make sure this focal length is covered. It’s best not to weigh yourself down, so why not bring an airport style bag for all your kit and a smaller day bag, which you can decant equipment into throughout the day.
Although not essential, its a great idea to bring a laptop computer with you so you can discuss imagery with myself and others in the group. It really is a great learning experience, so I highly recommend bringing a laptop to learn and for personal entertainment.
I make a point of tutoring all my clients on digital photography to help complete the learning process. I am renowned as a leading digital professional and an Adobe Influencer and I will be screen recording my sessions so the learning continues. I have extensive knowledge to communicate on all levels and I spend time with all my clients helping them to process their images to a high standard. It really helps to have a computer session when tiredness takes hold, or inclement weather persists.
£4495 / Deposit of £500.00