Art of Winter Landscape Photography
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Terry Donnelly, Tom Kirkendall
Crystalline blue skies, magical twilight colors, frosted trees, sandstone canyons. Photographing Yellowstone in winter is an experience you won’t soon forget. This workshop provides access to remote locations via bus and snowshoes, presenting intimate contact with the park’s pristine winter spectacles. Field trips utilize the premium light hours of dawn and dusk, often extending into evening hours for star and sky photography.
The itinerary is designed to take advantage of the best opportunities in the park, but may be adjusted to adapt to weather conditions, wildlife activity, holidays, and road construction. The details and timing of the agenda are subject to change. See the Course Letter below for more information.
- Day 1
Participants are welcome to check into the Lamar Buffalo Ranch starting at 4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Meet & Greet, Introduction to Lamar Buffalo Ranch and course specifics.
- Day 2 Photography Skills
The class will start bright and early with taking photographs at dawn. Afterwards, the class will travel back to the ranch for breakfast and will then head back out into the field (or classroom session, depending on weather). After a full day, participants will again head back to the ranch for dinner and personal time. After dinner, students will meet up for classroom sessions and individual coaching. Later that night, when dark enough, the group will discuss and attempt to take night sky photos.
- Days 3-4 Photography Field Days
Days three and four will be like that of day two, however, the focus will be more out in the field. Field trips will include the following locations: Pebble Creek Canyon, Round Prairie, the Confluence, open pools along the Lamar River, immediate area around the Buffalo Ranch, Undine Falls, Mammoth Hot Springs (upper and lower terrace and Orange Mound), and appropriate locations along the road as we travel.
- Day 5 Closing Presentations
Again, the class will start early morning to partake in dawn photography. In the morning, after breakfast, we will travel to one field location – to be determined. After lunch time will be dedicated to assembling a collection of participant images for a closing presentation.
- Day 6
Check out by 9:00 a.m.
About the Instructors
Terry Donnelly brings more than 30 years’ experience to his teaching. His photographic images are notable for their fusion of strong subject matter with revealing light. Terry’s work is featured in books, magazines, and calendars. Fine art prints of his photographs are in private and corporate collections across the country.
Tom Kirkendall is a professional photographer who has been exploring the outdoors all his life. His landscape work from around the world has been widely published in calendars, magazines, and books. He uses everything from an 8x10 view camera to a plastic Holga and keeps a darkroom to process and print his work.
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