Triple D Game Farm - California Special

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Photograph amazing wildlife models in California with a side trip to Yosemite National Park.

This is a special photo shoot that we've arranged with the Triple D Game Farm. We'll be photographing Triple D's wildlife models just outside of Mariposa, California which is on the doorstep to Yosemite National Park.

During this adventure, we've scheduled to photograph Mountain Lion, Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Coyote, Wolves, Bobcat, Badger, Cross Fox and Red Fox.

A variety of filming locations have already been selected to include colorful rock outcroppings, beautiful crystal clear creeks and ponds, waterfalls, and majestic old-growth oak trees. The dates were selected to take advantage of the lush green spring vegetation and wildflowers that will blanket the landscape in many of our filming locations.

Most of our time is prioritized around photographing animals. During the shoots, your instructor will be by your side helping you build on your photographic strengths and developing new skills around wildlife photography.

Our group will be photographing at the 7L Ranch over the first three days where we will shoot a total of eight wildlife sessions. In between official photo shoots, we will have the option to pay for additional shoots at $175 per day.

The workshop starts on April 7th early in the morning and ends on April 10th. We strongly recommend arriving on April 6th and checking in with the instructor.

After photographing animals on 4/7/10 - 4/9/10, we will head over to Yosemite NP on April 10th to photograph the Valley floor. This will be a full-day adventure where we photograph from sunrise to sunset. Our photos will include El Capitan, Half Dome, Merced River, waterfalls and spring meadows.

This Workshop will help you advance your wildlife photography skills and build your photographic portfolio with stunning images of the most sought after animals.

The Triple D has been in business for over 30 years and knows how to provide the photographer with the best wildlife photography experience out there.

Update! We have also planned a separate photo shoot called the "Day on the Ranch" where we will have staged cowboys, horses, cattle, roping, branding and a cattle drive. One of the highlights of this photo adventure occurs when we run the horses through a crystal clear phond to create impressive action photos with water spraying everywhere. This optional workshop is scheduled for April 6th, 2010 and is titled "Day on the Ranch." You can find it in the course lists on this website.

  • You will learn

    • Wildlife photography
    • Artistic composition
    • Instruction by our pro photographer, Mike Hagen
    • Autofocus for wildlife photography
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Camera body (DSLR recommended)
    • Telephoto lens such as 70-200mm, 70-300mm or 80-400mm
    • Medium lens such as 24-70mm
    • Wide angle such as 12-24mm
    • Batteries
    • Memory cards (Bring more than you think you'll need. Have at least enough for 10GB-15GB of shooting per day)
    • Laptop
    • Tripod
    • Sturdy shoes/boots
    • Warm jack for cool mornings
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen
  • Optional

    • Long telephoto such as 400mm or 500mm
    • 1.4x TC
    • Photo vest
  • What is provided

    • We will photograph eight animal species over three days of photography.
    • Each participant will have the option to photograph additional animal species at a price of $175 per species.
    • Our entire Nikonians workshop group will also go to Yosemite NP on 4/10/2010 to shoot photographs in Yosemite Valley.
    • Non-photographers (spouses/friends) are welcome to attend for $125 per day.
    • Lodging and food is not included in the price of this trip. You have the option to camp at the ranch in a tent or you can stay at one of the many hotels nearby. Email Mike Hagen directly (mike.hagen @ if you need the list of local hotels.
  • Venue Information

      Please check your venue by specific city area location.


Come along for this rare event to photograph wildlife models in the beautiful California Sierra Mountain foothills.


Triple D Game Farm - California Special workshops are provided in the following locations:

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Mariposa, California 07-APR-2010 Mike Hagen $2100 $2130 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.