Winter Bison: Wildlife Photography Intensive

Winter Bison: Wildlife Photography Intensive

$928.75
Dates:
January 17-21
Location:
Gardiner, Montana
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Kate Ochsman
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Natural History, Photography, Wildlife

Frosty bison are every wildlife or fine art wildlife photographer’s dream image; it is the quintessential Yellowstone image. It is the image that tells a 1,000 words of endurance, strength, fortitude; it’s a uniquely American image. It is an image that needs to be taken on the coldest day of the year .This is a once in a lifetime image and should not be missed. As we look for frosty bison, our goal, we will also photograph other winter wildlife that we come across.

Program Itinerary

  • Day 1
    7:00 p.m. Welcome! Introduction to Gardiner, and course schedule and specifics. Instructor will give a brief
    presentation on the natural history of bison, behavior and show some inspirational
    images.
  • Days 2-3 Winter Bison 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 for the day, look for bison, and spend the day with them observing behavior and photographing them. We will eat lunch in the field. We will return to Gardiner at night. This is your time to upload/rate/process your images. While bison are absolutely our focus, we may look for or photograph other wildlife as well depending on conditions.
  • Day 4 Winter Bison Intensive
    Group will meet at appointed early morning time in the Yellowstone Forever parking lot. We will go into the field for the morning, look for bison, and spend time with them and photograph them. We will return to Gardiner for or after lunch. The afternoon will be for personal editing and downtime. In the late afternoon, we will meet at a Yellowstone Forever classroom for participants to show top images to instructor and have a private consultation and critique of images. This will inform each participant’s photography goals for the following and final day of shooting.
  • Day 5 Final Day
    On the final day of the course, we will go out to photograph bison and other wildlife in the early morning through early afternoon. Lunch in the field. We return to Gardiner.
    5:00pm Course concludes. Thank you for joining as we photograph my favorite animal in Yellowstone!

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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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.