Fall Wildlife Photography

Fall Wildlife Photography

$886.75
Dates:
September 14-18
Location:
Gardiner, Montana
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Meg Sommers
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Photography, Wildlife

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Do you love watching wildlife and want to learn how to photograph them? Not quite sure how your camera works and want to learn more? Then come immerse yourself with fellow beginning and intermediate enthusiasts in the heart of Yellowstone.

With the Park's north entrance in Gardiner as your home base, we will spend the first morning and early afternoon in class learning the fundamentals of your camera, how to find wildlife and how to take your photography to the next level. The rest of the class will be spent in the field. You will witness the wonders of 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. We will be looking not only for the large predators but also for all the other wildlife who make up the rich tapestry of this amazing place. You will have ample opportunity to photograph wildlife and learn about their behaviors while practicing your new techniques and the ethics of wildlife photography.

Note: No lodging is provided for this course. You can find more information on Gardiner-based lodging in the course letter below.

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 combine with her enthusiasm for sharing the wonders of it all with her students.

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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.