Spring in in the Grand Tetons
The Grand Tetons is a photographer’s playground. From capturing the abundant wildlife to the magnificent landscapes with the Tetons as your backdrop, our clients will have ample opportunities to explore everything this amazing National Park offers. We plan several trips to the Grand Tetons each year during Spring, Summer, and Fall as the park offers many unique perspectives as the seasons change. Our Spring Trips focus on the babies born during late winter and early spring. Bears, Bison, Elk, Moose, and many other animals present their new family members in spring, and May is one of the best times to safely photograph mothers and their young. The landscape is also quickly transforming from snow pack to rising rivers, green fields, and flowers blanket the valley. Based on the time of year, we know the specific locations animals frequent throughout the park and we get you safely in position to seize the opportunity of photographing nature at its finest. Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit.
Objectives for the Trip:
- Create a learning environment where we get both you and your camera ready for the many types of wildlife and nature photography opportunities we will experience. There will be several working sessions in the field to help you improve your photography skills and practice anticipating and reacting to both animals and the environment in which you are shooting.
- Visit locations that place our photographers in the best viewing sites to capture animals in their natural habitat. Including Moose, Bear, Elk, Bison, and other animals as presented. Our focus will be early mornings and late afternoons in areas that give our clients the best chance to photograph at designated, safe distances.
- The Tetons is one of the best places in America to capture amazing foregrounds against the stunning Mountain Range background. We will take full advantage of sunrise and sunset opportunities incorporating the Tetons, wildlife and other subjects in frame. If the skies are favorable, we will also venture out at night for an optional session to capture the Milky Way in the park.
- We are authorized park permittees in all government regulated locations we visit, this includes National Parks and Wildlife Refuges. Be careful booking any trip with travel companies that cannot provide proper documentation, it can end your trip very quickly.
Weather: Avg. day temps: Low 60’s. Evening temps: Low 30’s.
Clothing: Winter Coats, Dress in Layers, Beanies, Gloves, Hiking type Boots.
Equipment: DSLR or Mirrorless Camera, Wide Angle and Zoom Lenses. Tripod, Monopod, protective case to store your equipment. Bring enough Memory and back-up batteries to last a full day of shooting, it is not uncommon to shoot over a 1000 photos a day on our trips. Always bring weather proofing protection for your camera and lens. Optional, ND filters to freeze water or achieve specific effects to landscape photos. If you plan on photographing stars, please bring your own headlamp and flashlight. If you have any questions about equipment, please call us.
Lodging: We are excited to be staying at one of the most sought out locations in the park. This allows you to be continuously submersed in the grandeur that is the Grand Tetons. It also puts you close to the action, reducing drive time and increasing photography time. Our clients will be able to recharge in a lodge which offers spectacular views of the Tetons, rustic decor, and outstanding service.
Activities: We will be driving to several locations. Hiking on this trip is scheduled to be mild, all hikes below 1/4 mile, mostly on flat ground.
Meals: We will be eating breakfast at the hotel or local establishment. Lunches at a local establishment or picnic. Dinners will be at a local restaurant that has a variety of options. If you have a specific meal requirement, please let us know on the registration form.
Safety: Your guides are certified in First Aid and CPR. We also carry a Satellite phone as many locations we venture into have unreliable to no cell service. We follow all rules, regulations, and laws in all locations we visit. This helps keep you and the wildlife safe while preserving the beautiful nature around us for the next generation to experience. Bear Spray is carried by both guides at all times when in the park. If you would like to carry your own bear spray, this is optional. Tripod Travelers has a no Firearm Policy, guides and clients are not authorized to carry personal firearms at any time.
Spring in the Grand Tetons June 13 - June 19 2020
Dates: June 13 - June 19, 2020
Origin: June 13: Jackson Hole Airport, land before 3p
Departure: June 19: Jackson Hole Airport, depart after 1p
Total Photographers: 6
Ground Transportation: 10 Person Touring Van
Hotel Cities: Grand Teton National Park, WY
Photography Subjects: Wildlife and Landscape
Key Learnings: Capturing Wildlife, Subjects in Motion, Composition, Landscapes, Exposure, Shutter Speeds, Aperture, ISO, Depth of Field, Histogram, Raw vs. JPEG, Camera Settings, Presets, Post Processing, and more.
June 13: All Travelers meet at Lodge by 5p. Orientation, dinner, meet and greet at local establishment.
June 14: 6a breakfast, drive to key locations to photograph wildlife. 12p, lunch, return to park photograph wildlife and landscape locations through the afternoon. Dinner, return to park to photograph wildlife and capture sunset.
June 15: 5:30a departure from Lodge, sunrise photography at two locations, breakfast in the park. Continue wildlife photography. 12p, lunch, break until 4p, post processing discussions and picture reviews. Early dinner, return to park to photograph wildlife and capture sunset.
June 16: 5:30a departure from Lodge, sunrise photography, breakfast in the park. Continue wildlife photography. 12p, lunch, break until 4p, post processing discussions and picture reviews. Early dinner, return to park to photograph wildlife and capture sunset.
June 17: 5:30a departure from Lodge, sunrise photography, breakfast in the park. Continue wildlife photography. 12p, lunch, break until 4p, post processing discussions and picture reviews. Early dinner, return to park to photograph wildlife and capture sunset.
June 18: 6a Breakfast at Lodge. Wildlife photography in the am. Lunch and break until 3p. Return to Park and continue wildlife photography, sunset and dinner. Optional, star photography after 12a, 2 hours.
June 19: Breakfast, hotel checkout at 11a. Photo reviews and post processing discussions. Departures made after 1p.
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