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Photograph the iconic wildlife
of Yellowstone's winter wonderland.

Yellowstone Winter Wildlife

Join Richard, in conjunction with Natures Images, in America's stunning Yellowstone National Park. Often regarded as one the most beautiful locations on the planet, during the winter it is truly a wonderland. Join us in the world famous Lamar Valley in search of its wolf pack, Red Fox, Elk and more. We'll then head into the heart of the park on our own privately-hired snow coaches, with drivers. Closed throughout the winter months to regular traffic, we will have an amazing opportunity to explore the park with a decent degree of comfort and tranquility. Some images below supplied courtesy of Natures Images.

DETAILS

Group size
Our Yellowstone Winter workshop accommodates 10 guests. With two guides on hand, that offers an excellent guide to guest ratio to ensure you get the very best from your experience.

Experience level
All levels of experience are catered for and, with two professional guides on hand, there will be ample opportunity to learn new skills.

Accomodation
Rooms will be based on twin/room basis depending on which hotel we are based. All accomodation is typical, comfortable, US style.

Fitness Level
There will be no major treks or walking throughout the duration and the days are relatively short at this time of year too. Yellowstone in winter can be exceptionally cold though, so the correct cold weather clothing and footwear is essential in order to make the most of our days out shooting.

Additional Information
During this trip we will look to capture both the dramatic frozen landscapes and the parks wildlife, from the afformentioned Wolf and Red Fox to the iconic Bison, Coyote, Tundra Swans and Bald Eagles. The landscape is littered with inrcredible geyser activity and for part of the trip we will be staying at arguably the most famous, Old Faithful. This is an amazing photographic opportunity for the lovers of what this unique season can offer in one of the world’s truly dramatic settings.

As part of Natures Images ongoing aim to support conservation, research and education, we will make also a substantial donation to the Yellowstone Wolf Project for each booking.

Group size
Our Yellowstone Winter workshop accommodates 10 guests. With two guides on hand, that offers an excellent guide to guest ratio to ensure you get the very best from your experience.

Experience level
All levels of experience are catered for and, with two professional guides on hand, there will be ample opportunity to learn new skills.

Accomodation
Rooms will be based on twin/room basis depending on which hotel we are based. All accomodation is typical, comfortable, US style.

Fitness Level
There will be no major treks or walking throughout the duration and the days are relatively short at this time of year too. Yellowstone in winter can be exceptionally cold though, so the correct cold weather clothing and footwear is essential in order to make the most of our days out shooting.

Additional Information
During this trip we will look to capture both the dramatic frozen landscapes and the parks wildlife, from the afformentioned Wolf and Red Fox to the iconic Bison, Coyote, Tundra Swans and Bald Eagles. The landscape is littered with inrcredible geyser activity and for part of the trip we will be staying at arguably the most famous, Old Faithful. This is an amazing photographic opportunity for the lovers of what this unique season can offer in one of the world’s truly dramatic settings.

As part of Natures Images ongoing aim to support conservation, research and education, we will make also a substantial donation to the Yellowstone Wolf Project for each booking.

 

GUIDES

Richard Peters is a Nikon Ambassador with a style that often favours dramatic light and contrast. He offers a relaxed, down-to-earth approach to his guiding and has won multiple international awards including twice in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is also one of the only British photographers to have recieved the accolade of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, alongside being a judge for both that and other international photography competitions.

Week 1 will see Richard working alongside Danny Green, one of the UK's most established wildlife photographers. His work is recognised and awarded the world over including working on a long term project for National Geographic.

Week 2 Richard will be joined by Stan Tekiela, a USA based naturalist, photographer and writer, who has photographed wildlife across America and auhored more than 130 field guides.

 

TESTIMONIALS

N Kingston

As a fan of Richard Peters’ work I was delighted when my wife booked a 6 hour one-to-one workshop for my birthday. I have enjoyed taking wildlife photographs for a long time, gradually improving but realised I was taking the same old photographs. It was time for a new approach, good advice and a fresh pair of eyes. Upon arrival to our workshop, Richard bought me a coffee and we sat down to a short portfolio review. Richard looked at how I had composed, cropped and processed my images using Lightroom and suggested options and alternatives. It was a fantastic eye opener to have professional opinion and critique and Richard shared his technical skills and passion for photography, along with some methods of using light creatively. This Lightroom overview helped me learn some great shortcuts, which have since made a big improvement to my workflow. A run through of important camera settings, lots of questions from me and lots of great answers from Richard and we set off with our cameras to put the theory into practice. We soon spotted a very co-operative heron in some great light, I snapped away listening to Richards tips and it was great to see my shot then the next shot with Richards suggestions incorporated (you could really see the difference). The afternoon ended with an amazing sunset and, taking Richards advice, I waited until the sun had dropped low enough to experiment with backlighting. The 6 hours flew by and it was a fantastic day, with advice and encouragement from Richard throughout, and some great shots on the camera. Richard’s knowledge, and ability to pass it on in easy to understand ways, made this a valuable experience for me to push my photograph forward and help turn the same old photos into something new. Thank you!

K Bangs

As a relative newcomer to the world of photography, I booked a one-to-one with Richard with only 4 months experience of using a DSLR camera.

My aim was to improve my overall understanding of the different settings, including manual, with an overall objective to improve my wildlife photography (off the auto setting!) prior to my impending holiday to Africa. One of the specific issues I had been finding tricky was focusing on moving subjects, Richard soon put me on the right track and resolved this.

Richard also provided me with lots of well explained advice around different camera settings and image composition, which we put into practice throughout the day. I opted for the image review at the start of the session, I found this particularly useful as it helped highlight any areas that needed development during the session and also increased my confidence through the constructive feedback. Overall the workshop was really beneficial in terms of improving my knowledge and understanding, but it was also a really enjoyable day.

I would highly recommend a one-to-one to anyone wishing to develop their skills.

T Gehlot

Having seen Richard’s incredible work I was naturally a little intimidated when I initially booked my one-to-one with him. However he immediately made me feel at ease with his humour and friendly nature and our workshop had a great flow and was well thought out.

What I loved the most is that it was informative yet open and relaxed. Richard is a humble and passionate photographer who was very willing to share his tips and tricks and as a result of only a few hours together, I now have a much better understanding of where I am as a photographer and the areas I need to concentrate on to improve my photographic skills.

I wasn't sure going in how much benefit I would get from my workshop but it exceeded my expectations, everything was explained with great clarity and it inspired me to be more creative and confident.

Richard's knowledge and demeanour left me eager to push my photography further and once I’ve hit my next set of challenges, I’ll look forward to booking in again to learn more! Richard, thank you for such a wonderful experience.

ITINERARY

Day 1: After a long day of travelling to Bozeman airport in Montana, we'll be arrriving around 11pm before transfering to the local Best Western Hotel for a well earned nights rest.

Day 2-4: After a good nights rest we will transfer to Absaroka Lodge in the small town of Gardiner, on the edge of Yellowstone National Park. From here we will explore and photograph under our own steam in the large vehicles we will have at our disposal. The target for these days will be the dramatic settings and wildlife along the Lamar Valley, the only area of the park open to the public during the winter months. Lamar is one of the best places to look for wolves during as there are several territories that the road cuts through and they are attracted to this area because of the large groups of elk who gather in the northern reaches of the park. You will also expect to encounter bison, bald eagle and coyote as well as plenty of landscape, scenic opportunities in this 40 odd mile long valley.

Day 5: We will leave our vehicles at Mammoth and transfer to the snow-coach that we have at our disposal for the next few days. During our transfer to Old Faithful Snow Lodge, our base for the next 3 days, we will again be looking for wildlife en route. Our local guide/driver will be up-to-date with the latest activity in these otherwise non-accessible parts of the park that species like bison, elk, otter, bald eagle, red fox and trumpeter swans can be found. We will also look for scenic opportunities at Roaring Mountain and Norris Geyser Basin en route.

Day 6-7: There will be a degree of flexibility based on what we’ve achieved to date, and want to prioritise, but our potential schedule for these days will include a day travelling over Craig Pass and photographing along Lake Yellowstone, the Hayden Valley and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, as well as another day exploring Upper and Lower Geyser Basin. Being based at Old Faithful Lodge the geyser itself is an obvious additional target, and the geysers generally are the main attraction for bison too, so steam and bison combinations will be high on the wish list. In the event of clear skies there could also be the opportunity for astrophotography too – however the paths are not lit so packing a torch is essential if this might be of interest

Day 8: We’ll look to prioritise areas we want to revisit and work on as we begin our snow coach trip back to Mammoth. From there we switch back to our cars for the drive back to Bozeman.

Day 9: After a final nights rest in Bozeman it's time to catch return flights home but please note, dependant on your final destination your arrival time home may be the following day.

PRICE & DATES

Yellowstone Winter Wildlife - £3125

18th Jan - 27th Jan 2019 SOLD OUT
26th Jan - 4th Feb 2019 SOLD OUT

A deposot of £425 is required at the time of booking.

Book your space on WEEK 1 now via the Natures Images booking form.

Book your space on WEEK 2 now via the Natures Images booking form.

What’s Included

  • All accomodation in the USA
  • All transport to and from Bozeman airport
  • All meals
  • A donation to the Yellowstone Wolf Project

What’s Not Included

  • International flights to Bozeman
  • Alcohol
  • Sundry Items

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