Yellowstone Wildlife Adventure - Spring 2012

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Spring Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park in our own private expedition vehicles - all Inclusive trip.

Springtime in Yellowstone NP is an exciting time. Bison and Elk have dropped their young. This is the best time to see Wolves and Grizzly Bears as they are actively hunting to feed themselves and their young after a long winter.

Our first night will be in Jackson, Wy. We will leave early for Yellowstone in our specially equipped vehicles with roof hatches. Only 4 participants per vehicle allows everyone plenty of room and a window seat.

Yellowstone provides abundant wildlife opportunities. You will learn how to get into the rhythm of your subject so it accepts your presence and allows you ample time to make your perfect shot. We will discuss field ethics and etiquette, when it is okay to use fill flash and when it’s not, and how low-impact techniques will improve your wildlife and nature photographs. We will practice techniques to use a tripod effectively, shooting with a long lens to get sharp images, and panning techniques to show motion with moving subjects. We will learn how to make great compositions and great art.

Workshop Costs:

$2,195 per person double occupancy

$500 for single occupancy supplement

You will shoot:

The Wildlife and Icons of Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife species may include; Wolves, Grizzly Bears, Bison, Elk, Pronghorn, Big Horn Sheep, Badger, Coyote, and Fox. We will concentrate on finding subjects with young.

We will visit Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Falls, and other iconic features for landscape images. No strenuous hiking.

Itinerary: (subject to adjustments)

We will base out of Jackson, WY.

If you fly, Jackson Hole Airport, JAC, is about 12 miles from Jackson, WY. Jackson Hole is the valley and Jackson is the town. We can arrange pick up if needed.

First night in Jackson, Wy no meals

Orientation dinner that night. No Host.

Day One:

We will leave early for Yellowstone stopping along the way for all wildlife photo opportunities. We will shoot all day, until dark, with instruction in the field. Eventually we will check into our lodging in the southern part of Yellowstone, have a great dinner, excited and exhausted we get a good nights sleep. BLD

Day Two:

On the road early for wildlife and morning light landscapes. We will make our way to Lamar Valley in search of wolves. With so many opportunities to photograph the wildlife and landscapes of Yellowstone, we don’t know where to point our cameras first.Tonight we stay in Cooke City at the northeastern entrance to Yellowstone. BLD

Day Three:

Early morning in Lamar Valley is one of my favorite places to be. Wolves are active, bears are hunting, bison and pronghorn meander along the Lamar River. Our best chance of photographing a badger is today. All is right with the wilderness. We visit Mammoth Hot Springs on our way back toward Jackson, an amazing place totally different from any other part of Yellowstone. Another great day of shooting and learning. We arrive tired and exhilarated to our lodging in Jackson. BL

Day Four:

For those continuing with the Teton Workshop this is a day of rest and touring Jackson. Lots of shops and galleries to enjoy. Get your rental car or ride share. Lodging, meals and transportation are not included for the Teton Wildlife Workshop. Click here to add the Teton Workshop. 4 intense days await with instruction building on what you’ve learned in Yellowstone.

Save $100

If you combine this workshop with our Grand Teton Spring Wildlife Adventure, then we will refund $100 off the overall price.

  • You will learn

    • Jim’s 3 Keys to Great Images
    • How and where to find wildlife subjects
    • How to anticipate your subjects next move
    • Low Impact Field Techniques of a Professional Wildlife Photographer
    • You will learn camera settings for active wildlife and quiet landscapes
    • How to find all the best locations in Yellowstone to express your vision.
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • A complete pack list will be provided upon registration.
  • What is provided

    • All Transportation from Jackson Wy, 4 Nights Lodging, All Meals during workshop (see itinerary):
    • This is a first class tour. All lodging and fantastic meals are provided. Picnic style lunch will be in the field to maximize shoot times. Our guides will take care of all your needs and are very knowledgeable in the natural history of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Guide gratuities are not included and are encouraged.
  • Venue Information

      Please check your venue by specific city area location.


Photograph Yellowstone wildlife with one of the best wildlife photo instructors out there.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop, we will refund your tuition except for a $125 fee. If you cancel less than 30 days before the workshop, we will refund 50% of the tuition. If you cancel less than 7 days before the workshop, we offer no refund.


Yellowstone Wildlife Adventure - Spring 2012 workshops are provided in the following locations:

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Yellowstone, WY 02-JUN-2012 Jim Stamates $2195 $2295 Sold out

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.