Capturing Yellowstone’s Night Sky

Capturing Yellowstone’s Night Sky

$840
Dates:
August 7-10
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Kate Ochsman
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Photography

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While Yellowstone National Park teems with excitement during the day, nighttime holds a special allure and stillness in Yellowstone. Nestled in the fabric of a dark sky, the American West stars twinkle above us with a brightness that few around the world see. The summer milky way shines with its colors and dark spots. The constellations reign overhead in their myth and lore. This workshop will explore and capture Yellowstone's night skies through discussions on nighttime photography, in addition to going out into the field to become better acquainted with our cameras, and to experience and capture Yellowstone by starlight.

About the instructor

Kate Ochsman grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and has spent years rewilding herself. After securing her Bachelor’s in Communications and Creative Writing from Southern Methodist University, Kate moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. It was there that she delved into photography, storytelling, and wildlife. After 8 years in LA, Kate gave away all her belongings, sold her car and moved to the South African bush to attend Safari Guide School. Kate is a passionate wildlife guide, photographer, and conservationist. She believes that forming a personal connection to nature is what will ultimately save it, for we protect what we love. Kate is fascinated by animal behavior. She values time spent with wildlife to really get to know them as well as to allow ourselves to slow down and get into the rhythm of the natural world.

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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.