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Inspired Images: Photographing the Wonders of Yellowstone

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Elroy Haverlah Jul 16, 2014 at 02:28 PM

I'm wondering how practical it is to carry a tripod on the hikes. Camera backpacks don't seem to be designed to carry one. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.
Dana Malkovich Jul 17, 2014 at 12:24 AM

My pack (Lowepro) as a pocket on the bottom and rear of the pack expressly for a tripod. The feet of the collapsed tripod fit in the pocket and a bungee cord secures the superior end of the tripod to the pack. I wouldn't be able to shoot landscape in low light without a tripod.
Elroy Haverlah Jul 17, 2014 at 09:47 AM

I guess the packs I was looking at were too small. My tripod when collapsed is about 24 inches long and about 12 inches in circumference.
Helene Rothstein Jul 17, 2014 at 04:51 PM

I took an ultralight tripod that folded up to fit in my LL Bean backpack (also ultralight). What I found, though, is during the day we just stacked the open tripods in the back of the van and then just carried them off and on. For the one mountain hike I just collapsed it and put it in my backpack. Great trip! Have fun.
Elroy Haverlah Jul 17, 2014 at 05:41 PM

Thanks. I suppose aa compromise would be to use a monopod, which is easy to pack, and can double as a walking stick. I could take my heavy tripod along as you said to stick in the van as needed.
Joette Kane Jul 17, 2014 at 06:04 PM

Most of the sites were reasonable walks, maybe scrambling over some logs. I would say bring your tripod and keep in the van and decide for each site.
Elroy Haverlah Jul 17, 2014 at 09:34 PM

I think that with good light, and adjusting the ISO, that makes very good sense. Thank you.


Dana Malkovich Jun 27, 2014 at 02:24 PM

Is transportation within the park during February programs by Bombardier (or similar enclosed vehicle)? How many participants per vehicle? Thanks. Dan.


David O'Connor Apr 17, 2014 at 04:37 PM

Elroy, likely will be in the 50's during the day and freezing early morning. Wear warm to drop layers during the day.


Elroy Haverlah Apr 17, 2014 at 02:42 PM

I'm going on the Sept. 28-Oct 3 program. Anyone have an idea as to the average temperature during that time?


David O'Connor Mar 09, 2014 at 04:48 PM

Hi Joe and all going on the May trip. My wife Mary & I are in Raleigh, NC and driving out west in our Prius ("ouch")so we can go to Mount Rushmore. Staying for the second week too. Who else is coming? Dave


Kathleen Coggeshall Dec 09, 2013 at 01:49 PM

Just signed up for the May program...I am traveling from Massachusetts..would love to hear from anyone else going in May!
Joe Sina Jan 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I'm traveling from CT for the May trip and will also be solo. The flights are $250 cheaper if I come in Sat, so thinking about getting in a day early and hiking Sunday before registration. Anyone else coming in early that wants to wander around taking pix on Sunday?
Kathleen Coggeshall Jan 23, 2014 at 01:45 PM

Joe, Hi. I ended up changing to the September trip because I wanted to go to the Earthfire Institute. I haven't looked at flights yet...sorry we're not going at the same time, I would have met up with you!
Kathleen Coggeshall Jan 23, 2014 at 01:48 PM

I also switched to the Yellowstone/Tetons combo trip.....which included the earthfire institute!
Joe Sina Jan 24, 2014 at 07:58 AM

That sounds interesting. I hadn't heard about Earthfire. I'm sticking with May to learn about photography, and I have another trip planned in Sept to Ethiopia. Maybe we'll see each other on another Road Scholar trip


Kathleen Coggeshall Nov 27, 2013 at 01:17 PM

Looking at the May program but am travelling solo...not crazy about sharing a room and only double rooms are available. Has anyone had experience in sharing a room?
Helene Rothstein Nov 27, 2013 at 01:41 PM

Kathleen, I did this program last May and paid the extra to have the room to myself. The rooms were very spacious, with 2 queen beds, and the sinks were separate from the toilet/shower, so I think sharing might not be as bad as you think. I snore, so prefer not to subject anyone else to that! It's a great trip!


Ernest Jung May 01, 2013 at 02:30 PM

We're thinking of going in September. Any comments about the accommodations from those of you have gone on this trip? How is the weather at that time of year? Is anyone else considering going then?
Helen Sternheim May 01, 2013 at 02:59 PM

Weather should still be pretty warm. I haveno idea where you are staying, it should be on the RS web site.


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