FALL 2014

Title: Yellowstone Wildlife and Landscapes Fall 2014


Sep 22 – 25


$995 • 4 full days


Bears have entered hyperphagia, preparing for hibernation they feed constantly. Most of the deer species are in full rut. Bull elk with their large antlers bugle and chase females. Pronghorn bucks gather their harems and chase off the competition. Wolves are active in the early mornings in Lamar Valley as the young pups join the pack to hunt. Bison herds roam the meadows as autumn colors return after a summer of love.The air has the smell of changing seasons and winter is just around the corner. This is Yellowstone National Park in the Fall.

We cruise the Swan Lake area in the early morning looking for bull elk and their harem. The cool morning air greets us as we make the first of many wildlife images. Later, as the day warms, we stroll down one of the many boardwalks to get abstract shots of the mineral deposits as steam rises all around us. We will spend our time searching and finding wildlife and scenic opportunities. Join Nikonians Academy and Jim and Kathy Stamates for 4 wild days to learn, experience , and capture the essence of Yellowstone National Park in the Fall.

This is an intense 4 days of photography. We will position ourselves each day before dawn for the best light and best wildlife or landscape options. We will visit the many icons of Yellowstone including Yellowstone Falls, Mammoth Hot Springs and more, while keeping a keen eye for wildlife along the way. Each day ends with our cards filled with exceptional images. We eat lunch as a group at one of the local restaurants with time to socialize and get to know fellow enthusiasts. Instruction will be in the field. No strenuous hiking.

Low Impact Wildlife Photography is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service

You will learn:

The 3 Keys to making great images:
How to expose for active wildlife and quiet scenics
How to anticipate what your subject will do and where it will go
How to find ‘Seek the Unique’ for stunning images
Camera settings the pros use and why
Field techniques of a professional wildlife photographer
LIFT – Low Impact Field Techniques
How and ‘when not’ to Approach Wildlife
Long Lens shooting techniques
Tripod Use Made Simple
The 5 Foot Rule
The 600 Rule
The Sunny 16 Rule
How to break the rules with intent

Wildlife Species
Most Likely:
Grizzly Bears
Big Horn Sheep
Black Bears
Bald Eagles

(because wildlife is wild there are no guarantees what we will see and photograph)

What is included:

Expert guidance from a Professional Wildlife Photography Team (Jim and Kathy Stamates)
Workshop Materials
4 days of intense photography
Great Camaraderie with like minded enthusiasts

What is NOT included:

Airfare; Closest Airport – BZN at Bozeman MT
NOTE: It is about 90 mi. To Gardiner 1.5 hour drive. Allow enough time to be there for the orientation at Mammoth Hot Springs which will be around 6PM.
Lodging, Meals, and Transportation are not included (car pooling suggested)
We will stay in Gardiner MT for the first 2 nights and Cooke City for 2 nights and back to Gardiner for our last night (a list of lodging will be sent after registration, camping is also an option)

What to Pack:

I will email a suggested pack list to all participants including an equipment list for camera gear upon registration. No strenuous hiking.