Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes - Spring 2015

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Join one of North America's most successful wildlife photographers as he leads you to the amazing wildlife and scenics of Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton Spring Wildlife and Landscape FunShop (Because if it’s not fun, I’m not doing it)

DATES

MAY 25-28, 2014

COST

$995 • 4 full days

Springtime in Grand Teton NP is an exciting time. Bison, Moose and Elk have dropped their young. Birds are nesting and beavers and river otters tend to their young. We arrive before dawn at Schwabacher Landing and we wait for the sun to kiss the tops of the snowcapped Grand Tetons. The reflection in the beaver pond adds the perfect touch to our first image of the day. Then on to Mormon Row to get the classic shot of the barns with snowcapped peaks in the background. Bison herds move in unison as the brand new calves jump, play and chase each other. That’s just the first morning and we have many opportunities awaiting us.

We head to Oxbow Bend but not for scenics, instead we look for grizzly bears chasing elk calves to feed their young, (5 spring cubs in 2010). We also look for beaver, moose, and elk along with their newborn calves and pups. Don’t forget to look up! Bald eagle and osprey nests cap the tall snags. Pronghorn, coyote, and fox fill the memory cards and this is only the first day!

Join Nikonians Academy with Jim and Kathy Stamates for 4 wild days to learn, shoot, and experience Grand Teton National Park in the spring.

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. Each day ends with our cards filled with exceptional images. We eat lunch as a group at one of the local in-park restaurants with time to socialize and get to know fellow enthusiasts. Instruction will be in the field. No strenuous hiking.

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

YOU WILL LEARN:

The 3 Essentials 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 the best locations and angles 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: (many with young)

Moose

Pronghorn

Bison

Elk

Black Bears

Beavers

Coyote

Osprey

Possible:

Grizzly Bears

River Otters

Fox

Wolves

Owl

Bald Eagles

Swans

Grouse

Misc. Birds

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

  • You will learn

    • The 3 Essentials 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 the best locations and angles for stunning images
    • Camera settings the pros use and why
    • Field techniques of a professional wildlife photographer
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Jim will email a suggested pack list to all participants including an equipment list for camera gear upon registration. No strenuous hiking.
    • SLR • digital or film, tripod, wide angle, short telephoto, and the longest lens you have. (You don’t need a super telephoto if you don’t have one, I’ve made some of my best wildlife images at under 200mm)
    • Bring a great attitude, a willingness to learn and share, and a desire to experience wildlife and adventure like never before.
    • Layer clothing, prepare for any type of weather any time of year in the Tetons. Usually, cool mornings give way to warmer afternoons. Weather is unpredictable. We will shoot in any conditions we are given.
    • Hat, Gloves, Rain parka suggested but most likely not needed
    • Hiking Boots
    • Water Bottle (refillable)
  • Optional

    • Laptop computer or portable hard drive to download cards. This is a field workshop and we will be shooting from dawn to dusk with midday breaks for lunch of course. There will be no classroom instruction.
    • Grad ND and Polarizer filters, Macro lens, Tele extenders, Flash, Flash extender, cable release, rain cover for camera and lenses. Other items you may want are knee pads or small ground cloth for low angle shooting.
    • Thermos for hot and cold drinks; coffee, tea, hot chocolate.
  • What is provided

    • Included:
    • Expert guidance from a Professional Wildlife Photography Team (Jim and Kathy Stamates)
    • Workshop Materials:
    • The complete 45 page tutorial eBook ‘The 3 Essentials to Great Photography’
    • 4 days of intense photography
    • Great Camaraderie with like minded enthusiasts
    • Not Included:
    • Airfare; Closest Airport – JAC
    • Lodging, Meals, and Transportation are not included (car pooling recommended)
    • We will base out of Jackson WY (a list of lodging will be sent after registration, camping is also an option)
  • Venue Information

      Please check your venue by specific city area location.

 

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

Cancellation policy: If you cancel more than 60 days before the workshop, then we will refund the trip fee, minus a $125 processing fee. If you cancel between 60 days and 31 days before the workshop, then we will refund 50% of trip cost. If you cancel less than 30 days before the workshop then we offer no refund.

 

Grand Teton Wildlife and Landscapes - Spring 2015 workshops are provided in the following locations:

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Grand Teton NP 26-MAY-2014 Jim Stamates $995 $1120 Sold out
Grand Teton NP 25-MAY-2015 Jim Stamates $995 $1095 Checkout Add to cart

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.