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Yellowstone Teton Fall Photography Safari

September 28 - October 5, 2019 - Space Available

Join us as we explore Yellowstone National Park, cameras in hand, in search of great fall colors, magnificent scenery, exciting wildlife, and amazing thermal features.  We’ve timed this adventure around the elk rut, and bears feasting before hibernation.

 

We hold a Commercial Use Authorization from Yellowstone National Park to guide photography tours.

2019 Rates
Double Occupancy: $3,950
Single Occupancy: $4,650
Deposit: $800

Our flexible itinerary will enable us to work with glorious fall colors, amazing peaks, reflections and more as we play landscape photographers in Yellowstone.  We’ll rise early and stay out late for great light! We'll enjoy six full days of guided photography outings.

We’ll also keep our eyes out for moose amongst the streams, pools, and willows!

In Yellowstone, we’ll balance our time among geysers and other thermal features…

Spectacular waterfalls and canyons decorated with osprey nests…

And our quest for rutting elk…

 

Bears...

 

 

Bison...

Eagles...

Coyotes...

Osprey...

Out for the hunt!

This adventure is designed for photography – that means we’ll take the time we need to “work the scenes” rather than give you 10 minutes at every spot in the park.  We’ll work hard to get you to each photographic opportunity in great light – but also expect us to deviate from plans as opportunities present themselves.

 

Great photography in this environment requires rising early.  It requires patience.  And it begs you to be ready when sudden opportunities erupt.  We’ll do our part to get you out early, move to great locations, and help you prepare yourself and your gear for moments of action and outstanding light.

 

We, Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey, have photographed in all seasons in Yellowstone since the middle 1980s.  We’ve been out in all kinds of weather, in all seasons, and have a great sense of what works in what conditions.  And we have no desire to photograph (or take you to photograph) great material in poor light.  That’s why we worked to build a photographic safari that is truly flexible.  There is no “if it’s Tuesday, it must be Canyon” about this calendar!

We can expect any and every kind of weather in Yellowstone in the fall.  We have seen, and photographed, beautiful snowfalls with full aspen colors.  We’ve basked in warm temperatures.  We’ve had strong directional light, and we’ve found great compositions with heavy overcast.  One of our favorite moments is to anticipate the first rays of light as a storm begins to break up.

We’re prepared to help you grow as a photographer.  We’ll minimize “one size fits all” lecturing and spend time one-on-one in the field, working on skills you want to improve.  We stress helping you compare yourself to your previous work – rather than pitting participants against each other.

If you are ready to pick up your camera and hit the trail, come explore Yellowstone National Park with us.

  • 2019 Rates: Double Occupancy: $3,950; Single Occupancy: $4,650; Deposit $800
  • Price includes all lodging, guided outings, park entrances, photography instruction, preparation materials.
  • Price also includes most breakfasts and field lunches.
  • Participants must be in good physical condition, capable of carrying the equipment they bring and walking on park trails
  • Adventure begins and ends in West Yellowstone, Montana
  • Our lodging at the Gray Wolf Inn positions us to move to great locations for early and late light
  • You'll have plenty of room in our vehicle - a seat for you and another for your gear!
  • See notes below

 

Yes, you can do a fall photography outing in Yellowstone on your own.  And you may very well come back with great images. 

Do remember that the Yellowstone ecosystem is four million acres.  We have been photographing in that ecosystem for over 25 years in all seasons and all weather.  We have a pretty good idea where to look for feasting bears in the fall, where the elk like to hang out and rut, where we might find an osprey looking for a fish before migration, and where there might be a moose.  We also know where to go when the weather closes and where to be when the storm begins to break up.

Our safaris are geared to getting you to great opportunities in great light.  We’re taking you to the places we would go if we were here on our own.  Join us and learn your way around the parks with our insights – then come back on your own if you want – you’ll have some strong ideas on what to look for, where, and when!

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Nature Photography Adventures Calendar of Adventures

2017

 
Monument Valley, Mystery Valley, Antelope Canyon and more - as we explore the red rocks and strong light of this magic land of Navajo and Anasazi! Full Oct 3-8
Come see those huge stone heads on the beaches of Easter Island - and find countless landscape photography opportunites using the heads, the full moon, sea caves, petroglyphs, exciting coastlines, and the site of the Bird Man ceremonies. Full Oct 31 - Nov 7
Build the exposures that support the designs you intend in your images! Meet us a day early for a one day intense classroom workshop that will give you the skills to take control of your camera. We make it simple to move to manual exposure - and give you the tools to understand what you are doing and how to do it. Most people we teach never look back because it is easier than letting the wizards in the camera make your creative decisions for you. Then, we'll spend some time looking at our workflow - and how you can take great exposures and follow them to final images in Lightroom or Photoshop.
Full
Nov 29
Frogs and waterfalls. Beaches and canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. This is a great adventure for working on bird and wildlife techniques, mastering the challenging light of the rainforest, macros, and landscapes. Hummingbirds with flashes and night photography with LED lights!
Full
Nov 29 - Dec 9

2018

 

Yellowstone
in Winter

Explore Yellowstone's winter wonderland by snow coach, capturing images of pristing winter scenes, abundant wildlife, and exciting thermal features... Space Available
Jan 7-13
Full
Jan 14-20
2 Spaces Available
Jan 21-27

11 Day Galapagos Photography Odyssey

Join us in the Galapagos for a sailing to many of our favorite spots in these unique islands where we'll find birds, reptiles, and marine mammals that allow us to come close for photography. Our time centers on the return of the waved albatross - a time of courtship and nesting. This is one of those life experiences that makes you rethink your world views - and sends you home with thousands of images to inspire those around you! Full Apr 8-18

Morocco Photography Adventure

Morocco is a true crossroads of history. There are footprints here from the Phonecians, the Romans, the Moors, and the Berbers - and more recently, the French and Spanish. All of these influences have impacted architecture, local culture, cuisine - and our photography opportunities. Join us in Tangier, Rabat, Fes, Casablanca and Marrakech - and for an exciting extension across the Atlas Mountains to Ourzazate and the Sahara! Full May 1-9
Extension
May 9-13

Peruvian Andes
Land of the Inca

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacseyhuaman, Ollanteytambo, Chinchero, The Inca, Peruvian Andes! Come explore the land of the ancient Inca and the present day Quechua people. We have designed this Peruvian adventure around photographers, weaving in time and opportunities to create some outstanding landscape, cultural, and nature art! Limited
Space Available
June 4-12
Glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, geysers, volcanos, amazing landscapes, black sand beaches, and nesting sea birds! Join us as we explore Iceland, cameras in hand.
Limited
Space Available
July 10-19
Some of the world's most incredible dune photography, desert elephants, a tribe still clinging to the old ways, waterholes surrounded by wildlife, night skies in the desert, and an amazing set of experiences with big cats!
Space Available
Aug 6-20

Andalucia Spain Photography Explorer

Let's explore Andalucía, Spain together, finding exciting compositions among the remnants of past cultures - and amazing present day countryside. We will get you to great opportunities in Seville, Granada, Córdoba, and several small towns that are World Heritage Sites! And, we'll find ancient cave paintings and very old olive groves!
Space Available
Sep 29 - Oct 8

Iceland Aurora and Winter Landscapes

Iceland presents an outstanding opportunity to compose great images of the Northern Lights at night, while finding dramatic light on landscapes and waterfalls during the day! We'll also take time to explore an ice cave, visit a glacial lagoon filled with icebergs, and photograph icebergs on the beach! This is a Wild Bunch Adventure... please contact us to see if you qualify for an invitation!
2 Spaces
Nov 7-17

2019

Join us for a photographic exploration of the mountains, Pacific-facing rainforests, cloud forests, and coastal mangrove wetland forests - and all the great species that live there! Think birds, reptiles, monkeys, frogs, butterflies, leaf cutter ants - and more! Hummingbirds with flashes and night critters with LED lighting.
Space Available
Feb 16-26
Draped across the border between Brazil and Argentina, Iguazú Falls has the largest annual flow of any waterfall in the world. The brink stretches for 2.5 miles, broken into a number of individual falls. Devil's Throat is perhaps the most powerful section of this mammoth waterfall. Join us for an exciting exploration, from both sides of the falls, including outings by full moon light! You will learn new techniques and photograph wateralls and rainbows like you never have before! We'll also delve into the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem!
Limited
Space Available
Mar 14-23

Yellowstone Spring Photography Safari

Spring in Yellowstone means babies. Little bison, with umbilicals dangling, learning to romp. Elk quietly giving birth away in secret places. Bears leaving hibernation with their young. All against a backdrop of new green grasses and wildflowers against peaks, still capped with snow. And water gushing down rivers and over waterfalls. Thermals, including geysers, performing for our lenses. Are you coming?
Space Available
May 18-25
This float plane-based adventure will take us deep into the Alaskan wilderness where we'll put ourselves in position for up-close and personal photography of bears fishing for salmon - and jostling with each other. This is a rugged adventure that will send you home with countless great images, both of the bears and of this great wilderness.
Space Available
Aug 3-10

Wild Bunch and the Mara Crossing!

When the great Serengeti Migration reaches the Mara River in the Tanzania/Kenya border region, the millions of wildebeest and zebras have to cross. In that river, crocodiles await. What follows is high drama. What a fitting safari for our Wild Bunch. Oh, and we'll weave in some other spectacular parts of Tanzania, including the predators of the Central Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, and more! If you are wild enough, check with us to see if you qualify!
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Aug 25 - Sep 7

Yellowstone Fall Photography Safari

Fall in Yellowstone. Elk rutting, to see who gets to contibute to the genepool. Bears fattening up for winter. Thinner crowds and more directional light - better for waterfalls, thermal features, and other animals. Sometimes the first snow. Sometimes crystal blue skies. All a photographer's paradise if you know where to be, when - and we do!
Space Available
Sep 28 - Oct 5
         

2020

Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Of all our itineraries, anywhere in the world, this one has the best reviews - and is a real life-changing experience! If you'll only be making one photography foray into sub-Saharan Africa in your life - this is the trip!
Space Available
Feb 15-26
For 2020, we have woven together an itinerary that gets us to some seldom visited parts of the Galapagos, some of our favorite places, and the spots where we can photograph penguins, tortoises, flightless cormorants, all kinds of boobies, breeding frigates, marine and land iguanas and more! We have 10 nights at sea! Don't forget that this trip always fills early - you won't be able to join it in the 12 months before departure!
Space Available
Apr 12-25