Yellowstone in Winter
Yellowstone has been called the “Serengeti of North America“ and with good reason; it contains the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states. The numbers are staggering, sixty-seven different mammals live here, including grizzly bears, black bears, gray wolves, wolverine, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, lynx, elk, bison, moose, coyotes, and foxes—as well as other numerous small mammals.
What makes our Yellowstone workshop unique:
No more than six participants. This provides the best opportunities to capture those images when speed is of the essence—in exiting the vehicles and setting up, or when it is necessary to shoot right out of the window.
Plenty of room for your gear and warm clothing in the vehicles. You will have the best vantage point at all times, and you will never be held back by sitting in an overcrowded van or bus filled with too many other photographers.
Flexibility, which allows us to adjust the schedule in variable weather and to cover unique topics that our participants are most interested in.
Juan is an accomplished professional photographer and educator who has a deep passion for the outdoors. His priority first and foremost is always on you and helping you express your own creativity, and to capture the unique images of Yellowstone that you envision. He believes that one of the best ways to teach is by demonstrating, so after you're set up, he will be shooting alongside you, sharing his unique vision, techniques and, love and knowledge of Yellowstone.
Some Topics We Will Cover During this Workshop Include:
How to create aesthetically pleasing wildlife and landscape photographs
Storytelling through natural history photography
Best use of equipment in varying circumstances
Long exposures, light painting, and time-lapse photography
Panoramic and high dynamic range photography
Adobe Lightroom basics
Personal critiques and image sharing throughout the workshop
Muench Workshops works with the National Parks, and we always have the proper permits to operate in Yellowstone National Park.
“Authorized Permittee of the Yellowstone National Park.”
Yellowstone National Park
January 25–February 1, 2020
Itinerary and General Information
January 25, 2020: You should arrive into Bozeman airport (BZN) no later than 1:00 PM on the first day of the workshop and depart no earlier than 1:00 PM on the last day of the workshop. Juan and Andy will pick you up at the airport and transfer to hotel in Gardiner. We‘ll photograph some of the wildlife and landscapes around Gardiner in the late afternoon. After dinner, we have an introductory meeting and go over conditions and wildlife reports and final itinerary. Overnight in Gardiner
January 26, 2020: After breakfast head to Mammoth for a brief stop and introduction to geological features. Travel to Lamar Valley, stopping at different photo opportunities along the way. Lunch in Cooke City. Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar. Evening photography opportunity at Mammoth; thermal features doing light painting and long exposure photography.
Overnight in Gardiner.
January 27, 2020: We’ll spend another day looking for wildlife in Lamar Valley, and possibly sunset at Mammoth Hot Springs.
January 28, 2020: Leave early on our private snow coach from Mammoth Hot Springs on our way to Old Faithful Snow Lodge. We’ll spend the day traveling through the park looking for landscapes and wildlife.
January 29, 2020: Very long day out in the field, beginning with a private snow coach to Old Faithful Basin. There will be many wildlife and scenic opportunities along the way. Evening photography opportunity at Old Faithful—thermal features doing light painting and long exposure photography. Overnight in Old Faithful.
January 30, 2020: Travel via private snow coach back to Mammoth and visit the “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone“ and look for wildlife and other scenic opportunities. Overnight in Gardiner.
January 31, 2020: Travel to Lamar Valley stopping at different photo opportunities along the way, lunch in Cooke City. Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar Valley. Evening trip recap and image presentations. Overnight in Gardiner.
February 1, 2020: Travel to Bozeman airport for departures. Flights home can be scheduled for after 1:00 PM.
What To Bring
Please see our What to Bring page now for guidelines on packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
All transportation during the workshop including snow coach and gratuities for snow coach driver
All meals during workshop + snacks + water in the vehicles
All permits and fees during the workshop
Photographic guiding and instruction from Juan Pons
Inspiration, fun, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Your transportation to and from Bozeman Montana airport (BZN), and any lodging in Bozeman before or after the workshop dates (we can make lodging arrangements for you). Travel and trip cancellation insurance (optional). Alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature. Anything specifically not mentioned as included.
Your deposit of $2,500 is due at sign up and will hold your space in the workshop. The of $4,995 is due by October 1, 2019. If you are registering after that date, please make your payment in full. All of our other standard terms and conditions apply.