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Registration Now Open for 2017 Grand Teton Fall Photography Workshop

Registration has just opened for my 2017 Grand Teton National Park Fall Foliage Photography Workshop.

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The workshop takes place from September 28 – October 1, 2017 during what is normally peak fall foliage season at the Tetons.

This will be my 3rd annual fall workshop there. My 2016 fall workshop sold out months in advance, so if you want to take this workshop don’t delay in registering. It is open to only 8 photographers.

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A ton of information on this workshop can be found on my workshop info & registration page. You can also contact me with any additional questions you may have.

String Lake Milky Way at Grand Teton National Park

Of all the times I have photographed the night sky, shooting the Milky Way at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park has to be one of my top highlights.

Words alone can’t describe the peacefulness encountered that evening as I was sitting on a rock at the edge of the lake in complete darkness, watching the stars and Milky Way reflected in the still water at 2am.

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I had photographed in this location a number of times in the daytime and as such I had a pretty good feeling this spot would pay off in the nighttime as well. Getting there at night sure is a little harrowing driving along roads in complete darkness looking out for any elk, deer, foxes, or any other animals that might want to dart out in front of you. I kept my speed at 35-40mph, even though the limit was 45mph, just to be safe (as I usually do while driving through the Tetons and Yellowstone at night).

One other safety tip if you decide to go photograph there especially at night – don’t forget to bring your bear spray!

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An Hour at Night at the John Moulton Barn in the Tetons

I just returned from 2 nights of Milky Way photography in Grand Teton National Park and 1 night in Yellowstone during a new moon.

Weather conditions were perfect for me with little clouds which provided a fantastic view of the night sky.

On my second evening out, I spent almost 5 hours at the famous Moulton barns in the Tetons. One shot I wanted to get was a very long exposure of the stars above the Tetons with one of the barns in the foreground.

This photo is the result of my efforts. It shows an elapsed time of one hour, and it is a combination of 15 photos each 4-minutes in duration from approx. 12:44am to 1:44am.

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Here is how I photographed it

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White Pelican in Fog on the Snake River at the Tetons

“White Pelican in Fog on the Snake River at the Tetons”
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Earlier this month I spent 4 days in Jackson, Wyoming exhibiting at the Jackson Hole Art Festival. On my way back to Bozeman, MT I headed out early that day so I could photograph the sunrise at the Oxbow Bend Turnout.

 

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While photographing the sunrise, I noticed this white pelican slowly cruising the Snake River coming towards me. I took the wide angle lens off my camera and put my 150-600mm lens on my camera and tripod and photographed the pelican as it was floating past me.

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Elk Cows with Calf at Grand Teton National Park

I came across a herd of elk shortly after sunrise at Grand Teton National Park last month as they were on the move. I quickly parked the car in a pull-off and started taking photos from just outside the car.

They came out of the woods and into a clearing and this group of cows, with a calf, paused for just a moment to get a look around to see if there was any danger in the area.

 

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New Workshop Announcement: 2016 Grand Teton National Park Spring Photo Workshop

I have a new photo workshop to announce: my 2016 Grand Teton National Park Spring Photo Workshop.

Dates: Thursday, June 16 – Sunday, June 19, 2016   Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced Class Size: Limited to 8 students
Type: Field Workshop Status: Registration is open.

I am an authorized CUA permit holder of the National Park Service 
and conduct my workshops based on the permit’s guidelines.

Join me for 4 days in beautiful Jackson, Wyoming at Grand Teton National Park in the spring when there are normally a lot of wildflowers to photograph, striking sunrises and sunsets, with chances for wildlife too.

This is a shooting-intensive landscape photo workshop with one-on-one and group instruction in the field.

 

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This workshop is designed for any skill level, yet a DSLR or equivalent (like the Sony Mirrorless cameras) with interchangeable lenses and a sturdy tripod are required, as is a basic working knowledge of your camera. Most students who take my workshops are beginners to advanced amateurs. This workshop is filled with hands-on instruction, demonstrations, and even a session or 2 in the field with my laptop going over some processing tips.

 

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You will learn and improve your skills in the following areas: getting perfect exposures, composition, lens selection, the use of split neutral density filters and solid density filters to control exposure and for effect, how to photograph stitched panoramas, exposure bracketing (HDR), working a scene to create numerous photos & compositions from one location, and more.

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