Bighorn Sheep Rut: Wildlife Photography Intensive
Yellowstone is an opera, and comedies and dramas play out every day. The harsh, drastic annual weather pattern rules all, it’s the conductor. Within the symphony of wild Yellowstone life, the actors all have their moments to shine. Late November through Mid-December is the time for the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep to take center stage. Based in Gardiner, our course focuses on bighorn sheep in the rut. We will spend most of our time in the field and in the company of the sheep, watching, waiting, understanding/observing behavior, and making photographs in an ethical way. The aim of this course is for each participant to make at least one outstanding image of bighorn sheep. My belief is that for a shoot to be successful, all I need is one great image.
- Day 1
7:00 p.m. Welcome! Introduction to Gardiner, bighorn sheep behavior/natural history and course specifics.
- Days 2-3 Bighorn Sheep Intensive
Both days will be similar in structure. Group will meet at appointed early morning time in the Yellowstone Forever parking lot. We will go into the field, look for bighorn, ideally find them and spend hours with them observing behavior and photographing them. We will return to Gardiner midday for lunch, to upload/rate/process images or enjoy personal down time in town. We will return to the field to photograph bighorn sheep until sunset/we lose the light. While bighorn are absolutely our focus, we may look for or photograph other wildlife as well depending on conditions.
- Day 4 Final Day
On the final day of the course, we will go out to photograph bighorn sheep in the morning for a few hours. We will return to Gardiner for individual lunch/uploading/editing and processing time. Each participant will look over his or her images and have a consultation with instructor on thoughts and feelings over current collection. Should participant want, they can order a canvas/print/metal of their favorite image to be delivered to them at home. Group will return to the field for a final shoot with the bighorn to attempt shots spoken about with instructor.
5:00pm Course concludes. Thank you for joining and for loving the bighorns!
About the Instructor
Kate Ochsman is a naturalist and wildlife photographer based outside of Yellowstone. Kate believes in art for a cause – hers being conservation. Her artistic “why” is to help people connect with the wild, both within and outside of themselves, for we protect what we know and love. Building her fine art photography portfolio, Kate travels globally to photograph wildlife and wild places. Before her move to Yellowstone, Kate, a certified South African Safari Guide, ran an innovative program in the South African bush for college-aged participants that taught them photography, filmmaking, marketing and how to use these along with social media to spread awareness for wildlife conservation issues. She has also worked in human-wildlife conflict in Namibia. These days, Kate is focusing on American wildlife and conservation issues through wildlife guiding and photography.
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