This workshop includes five full days in Yellowstone’s northern range, between the towns of Gardiner (north entrance) and Cooke City (northeast entrance). These trips may have sightings of coyotes, foxes, wolves, moose, otters, elk, bison, and more. This is a harsh winter weather environment, with snow likely and extreme cold (-40ºF) possible.
- Total cost of $2,497 includes transportation and instruction for the five full days in the park, plus an introductory dinner on the first night.
- Full amount due to book now
- We will meet for an introductory dinner on the evening of February 5th
- Five full workshop days are February 6-10th
- You'll depart on the 11th
- Each day is roughly sunrise to sunset, depending on weather conditions.
- You may want to arrive in Bozeman, MT early on the 4th and depart on the 12th in case of weather delays. Driving to and from the airport in winter can be snowy or icy.
This workshop is based in Gardiner, Montana. I would recommend lodging at the Ridgeline Hotel, Absaroka Lodge, or Super 8 in Gardiner.
We will travel the stretch of road between Gardiner and Cooke City each day, which is about 60 miles each way. Yellowstone is huge so there can be a lot of travel time in between wildlife sightings. Multiple days help increase your odds of seeing different animals.
The group is limited to only three photographers, and we will be traveling by regular vehicle only (no snowcoach or snowmobile). This section of the park is open to public travel year round.
This is an instructional photography workshop, geared towards intermediate to advanced level shooters. You should be comfortable with the majority of camera settings, looking to learn more about Yellowstone, finding animals, advanced techniques, the artistic elements of photography, etc. Overall instruction is less than a beginner-level tour will be, but still available to those who want it.
Post-processing instruction is optional but possible at the end of each day.
I'd highly recommending having a mirrorless camera capable of animal eye autofocus, as well as a 400mm, 500mm, or 600mm lens with teleconverters available for the best image quality. I personally use the Canon R5 with a 400mm f/2.8L IS II and 2x extender most of the time in the winter.
Tripods are optional, but you can bring one if needed. Most of my still images are shot handheld. A monopod is a good compromise for easy traveling.
Travel insurance is highly recommended because of the possibility of winter weather conditions causing airline or travel delays.
Trent Sizemore Photography, LLC is authorized by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct services in Yellowstone National Park.