Capturing Yellowstone’s Night Sky
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
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Yellowstone is famous for so many great reasons – the geothermal features, abundant wildlife and notoriety as the world’s first National Park to name a few. However, very few know of the park’s other unique attribute – its amazing night sky. In fact, according to the Bortle Dark-Sky scale, a numeric system that measures the quality of the night sky, a large portion of the park features some of the darkest skies on the planet.
Nighttime holds a special allure and stillness in Yellowstone, showcasing a pristine example of the nighttime wilderness. Nestled in the fabric of a dark sky, the stars twinkle above with a brightness that few around the world see. Yellowstone’s summer milky way shines with its colors and mysterious textures, while the constellations reign overhead in their myth and lore.
Our evenings together will combine classroom instruction to learn the concepts of astrophotography, combined with lots of in-the-field time to capture Yellowstone by starlight, perhaps with a chorus of wolves!
About the instructor
Kevin is a Helena, Montana based award-winning professional landscape, lifestyle, and wildlife photographer, capturing Montana and the western United States' most beautiful, fleeting, and fascinating moments.
He has been a student of photography for several decades beginning as a teenager when his parents handed down their 35mm film Nikon cameras to him. Fast forward a few decades later, Kevin would establish his photography business in 2015, and in 2020 he opened a gallery in downtown Helena, fulfilling a lifelong dream and quickly becoming one of Montana's favorite new visual artists.
Inspired by early conservation photographers, Kevin believes his ability to share the beauty of our last best places will inspire others to respect, protect, and enjoy them. Kevin has dedicated his life to conservation through his photography, educational workshops and throughout a career protecting natural places that has spanned over 20 years with governmental and non-governmental organizations.
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