Art of Winter Landscape Photography

Art of Winter Landscape Photography

$1,470.49
Dates:
January 24-29
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Terry Donnelly, Tom Kirkendall
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Photography

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.

Program Itinerary

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.

Download Program Information:

Course Letter

More Information:

We are continually updating and refining our COVID-19 mitigation measures to ensure the health and safety our guests, staff and volunteers. Read our COVID-19 guidelines for program participants.

SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
  • Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.

WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
  • Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.