Fall Advanced Wildlife Photography

Fall Advanced Wildlife Photography

$1,010
Dates:
September 24-28
Location:
Gardiner, Montana
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Meg Sommers
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Photography, Wildlife

Is your camera one of your best friends? Do you want to learn more about wildlife and how to tell their stories? Then immerse yourself with fellow advanced enthusiasts in the heart of Yellowstone National Park!

With the park's north entrance, in Gardiner, Montana, as your home base, you will personally experience this magical place, watching and photographing wildlife as they go about their lives. Fall is a special time to be in Yellowstone with the color returning to the trees and the elk rut at its peak. The class will look for both large predators and other lesser-known wildlife that make up the rich tapestry of this amazing place. Limited class time will be devoted to increasing your ability to communicate with your images. You will spend most of the time in the field, so you will have ample opportunities to photograph wildlife and learn about their behaviors while mastering photography techniques and the ethics of wildlife photography.

About the instructor

Meg Sommers has been an outdoor enthusiast from early childhood. A resident of Cody, Wyoming, she has been photographing wildlife seriously in Yellowstone since 1990 and teaching wildlife photography here since 2010. Meg's nature photography covers the full spectrum, but her passion is to photograph wildlife and help to tell their stories. While her heart will always belong to the Greater Yellowstone area, she has traveled worldwide to seek out new and interesting wildlife. Through her award-winning digital photography, she has found a way to share the beauty and grace of these areas with others. A knowledgeable naturalist, her dual passions for both nature and photography combined with her enthusiasm for sharing the wonders of it all with her students.

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Fall Advanced Wildlife Photography Course Itinerary

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.