Winter Bison: Wildlife Photography Intensive
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.
- 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
- 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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