Stunning Animals in Winter
Lions and Tigers and Bears in the Snow...Oh My!
Overview Animals In Winter Workshop
I’ve spent many winters at the ranch with clients and it is a magical time. The animals are at their finest with thick winter coats and with a snowy environment as a setting it is quite dramatic. The youngsters that you may photographed during the Baby Wildlife Workshop are now teenagers and it’s their first encounter with snow. As you might imagine they love to romp in the snow just as much as you will like snapping their pictures!
Come to the Flathead Valley in Montana and photograph some amazing animals in beautiful mountain settings. I’ll be there beside you coaching you on how to photograph the action and things to look for during each session. I’ll also help you setup your camera for the best results and give you valuable tips and tricks to get the best compositions. When we are not out photographing we’ll spend time in a classroom discussing various aspects of wildlife photography, image processing and more. We will do several image critiques to help you get the most out of each photo session on the workshop.
Animals in Winter Workshop Highlights
- Winter wonderland with amazing animals
- 8 Species of animals
- Classroom: Image Critiques, Digital Workflow and more
- Small Group with Lots of Personal Attention from Instructor
- Optional Western Horse Roundup and Birds of Prey Sessions
Arrive January 10, 2019, by 6 PM
Depart January 17, 2019
January 10, 2019 – Day 1
6:00PM ~ Springhill Suites
Arrive in time for an informal get together at the hotel. We’ll have some time to meet each other and we’ll go over what you can expect for the next few days including just how early you’ll be getting up each day!
January 11-13, 2019 – Days 2 to 4
These will be our primary workshop days. Plan to rise early in the morning so that we can be at our locations with the best light! The light will dictate our days activities and we’ll shoot as long as we can with good light. We’ll return to base in the middle of the day. You’ll have time to forage for lunch, download your images, re-charge your batteries and then meet for that days classroom activities. This is the format we’ll follow all 3 days.
January 14, 2019 – Day 5
In the off chance that we have to cancel a session or even a day due to weather or other unforeseen problems, we’ll use this day to make up those missed sessions. In addition, if you would like to add additional photo sessions while you are here, we’ll do some of that work on this day as well.
January 15, 2019 – Day 6
This is your best departure day, well unless of course you are doing the optional Birds of Prey or Horse Roundup.
Included in the Workshop
The fee includes three days of photography instruction with classroom session critiquing your images and “how to” help on photographing wildlife. We will also allocate a few hours to help you with your digital workflow and really most any topics that you’d like covered. I try to tailor the classes to your specific needs.
We’ll be photographing 8 species during our 3 days. During this workshop we can expect to photograph multiple species in a variety of different snowy (hopefully) locations. While the specific species cannot be confirmed until our arrival we almost always see mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, fox, and wolf.
Not Included in the Workshop
Transportation to the workshop and during the workshop are not included. Your local accommodations, meals and staff gratuities are also not included.
I will be sharing almost 14 years of experience photographing the animals at the ranch. I have photographed every animal in every setting and season. I have been there for so long, I have photographed the great grand parents of some of the animals you will be photographing. This means, I can coach you up on what to expect so you can be ready for the action.
While in the field and prior to every photo sessions, I will review your camera settings based on the conditions that we are presented with.
The workshop attendance is usually about 8 photographers. You can count on minimal interruption from too many clients and that allows you as much one on one attention as you need.
During the classroom sessions, we will review your images, I will teach you foundation principles of wildlife photography, how and why to setup your camera and show you my digital workflow. My class sessions are always focused on your needs so be ready to ask questions and participate in the process.
It’s going to be cold, so dress in layers. We will never be out in the cold for long periods of time and some locations will have a warming shelter to take the edge off.
This is not a high physical exertion workshop, but you should be able to walk up a hill and if we have a lot of snow this can be difficult. If you are not able to walk 200 yards with your gear, please contact me so we can make sure this is the workshop for you.
Batteries drain much faster in the cold. At 0 degrees you get half the battery life you would get at 80 degrees.
You should bring lots of energy and a lot of memory cards! You are going to photograph a lot more than you imagine. On my last trip one gentleman shot 2500 images during the first morning session! We may photograph as many as 3 sessions with minimal breaks in between for downloads. You need to have enough cards or a portable download device to keep up with the action.
You will not need long glass, a 300mm (full frame) is enough for the majority of the photography. A zoom lens like the Nikon 80-400 or the Canon 100-400 are perfect. A tripod can be used and is sometimes recommended. I always suggest that if you normally shoot with a tripod, then do that her too. If you don’t then you will be better off doing what is comfortable for your style of shooting.
We’ll normally shoot regardless of the weather and showers are certainly possible, so you should be prepared for that. Also, bring mosquito repellent, you’ll likely need that. Just testing, you won’t need mosquito repellent!
It’s almost impossible to list everything that you’ll need, so just get in touch, and we can talk about what you have and what you might need.
Glacier International Airport (FCA)
This airport is actually in Kalispell and is a short 15 minutes to the recommended hotel.
Missoula International Airport (MSO)
It is sometimes less expensive to fly to Missoula, but then you have to drive the 150 miles to Kalispell.
You will also need a rental car.
I can try to put you in touch with other clients that might be interested in sharing a car.
Recommended Workshop Hotel
The recommended hotel is the Springhill Suites. All classroom activities are at the hotel. We’ll caravan to the workshop from the hotel; if you are staying anyplace other than the Springhill or the cabin at the ranch, you’ll need to meet us in the lobby.
There is also an opportunity to stay at the ranch’s gorgeous Howling Wolf Lodge. The Howling Wolf has shared accommodations; you will have a private bedroom and share the common areas. Please contact me for details.
There are numerous hotels nearby for every budget. Let me know if you have any questions.
Springhill Suites By Marriott
250 Old Reserve Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901
Hotel Front Desk: 1-406-314-6600
You MUST CALL THE HOTEL to get our group rate; it’s not available online or via the 800 number. Use my name or Triple D Ranch to secure our negotiated price, as of this writing $144.
This hotel will sell out during the Baby Wildlife Photography Workshop and possibly during the Winter Wildlife Workshop as well, so as soon as you know you are coming to the workshop, make your reservation!
Complete the “Reserve Your Space” form on the right of this page. On a mobile device it may be at the end, but it’s a big green box, you can’t miss it.
I will get an email which will provide me with your request including the payment details. I will confirm space availability and then send you an invoice from your preferred payment method for the deposit. Once I receive the deposit your space is confirmed.
When I receive payment I will follow up with another confirmation email and receipt.
About 30 days before departure, you will get a welcome kit with the nuts and bolts of what to expect. Of course, feel free to email me or call me and we can talk about it as much as you like!
There is a 2.5% convenience fee to pay your balance by credit cards. There are no fees with any of the listed payment methods for your deposit.
The deposit for this workshop is $300USD. The deposit can be paid by PayPal, Credit Card, Wire Transfer or Check. Actually, if you have another way you would like to pay, I am open to new ideas when it comes to collecting money!
The balance of the workshop tuition will be due November 11, 2018 (60 days prior).