Winter Wildlife in Wonderland: Photography Immersion Seminar

Winter Wildlife in Wonderland: Photography Immersion Seminar

$1,382.50
Dates:
December 12-17
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Kate Ochsman
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Natural History, Photography, Wildlife

This is an all-around, winter wonderland photography field seminar that aims to showcase wildlife in its environment. Climate, weather, environment are the second character in wildlife photography. What the animal does, when and how it does it, and even what it looks like, is completely ruled by the weather/time of year. Portrait photography has its own place, yet showing the animal in its environment is an advanced form of storytelling. Yellowstone is also a massive landscape, and sometimes even with the longest of lenses, the subject in the frame appears quite small. This seminar aims to teach participants how to utilize the environment in photography, how to make a stunning, powerful image when inhibited by distance, and how to photograph wildlife ethically and beautifully.

Program Itinerary

  • Day 1 7:00 p.m. Welcome!
    Introduction to Lamar Buffalo Ranch, schedule, and course specifics.
  • Day 2 Intro to Photography and Yellowstone
    Morning – midday classroom time to learn the fundamentals of photography (the triangle of aperture, shutter speed and ISO). Presentations by instructor as well as practice. Afternoon in the field to photograph!
  • Day 3 Getting Artsy
    Morning in the field for observing wildlife and wildlife photography. Midday at the ranch for lunch and classroom presentations on exposure compensation and composition. Afternoon in the field and practicing these techniques.
  • Day 4 Making Beautiful Images!
    Morning and afternoon in the field observing wildlife and photographing wildlife within the landscape. Midday at the ranch for lunch and a classroom tutorial session on basic editing with Lightroom Classic.
  • Day 5 Making More Beautiful Images!
    Morning and afternoon in the field observing wildlife and photographing wildlife within the landscape. Midday at the ranch for lunch, uploading images, editing assistance from instructor and downtime. Evening activity: favorite 10 image selection shown to instructor with feedback should participant want this!
  • Day 6 Check Out Day
    9:00am Check

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.