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Cindy Rhodes Aug 26, 2015 at 03:31 PM

My husband, Bob & I will be attending the 27 Sept photo class - driving from Sequim, WA. What types & sizes of cameras & lens are others bringing? If someone has attended this class before in September/October, any suggestions about equipment or clothing?

Cindy Rhodes
Elroy Haverlah Aug 26, 2015 at 03:59 PM

I attended last year, Sept. 28-Oct. 3. Layer your clothing. I appreciated my light-weight windbreaker with hood. We had clouds, rain, snow, and sunshine! Definitely bring a tripod. There were a wide variety of cameras. You'll need telephoto lens.
Cindy Rhodes Aug 29, 2015 at 12:58 PM

Elroy - Thanks for responding. I have a Canon 18-200 lens. Will that be sufficient? How far away will the animals, etc. be?
Elroy Haverlah Aug 29, 2015 at 02:45 PM

That lens should be fine. Remember your tripod. There is a rule about how close you are allowed to different animals. You can get real close to elk and sheep, not so with bison and especially bears.
Cindy Rhodes Aug 29, 2015 at 02:58 PM

Thanks for the information. We are looking forward to it!

Nancy Morewitz Aug 22, 2015 at 05:07 PM

Nancy Morewitz
I will be flying into Bozeman on Sept 26,2015
and renting car Anyone coming into Bozeman around 1PM

Sue Eley Aug 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM

I'm looking forward to the Sept/Oct program. this will be my first visit to Yellowstone;driving to the Tetons afterwards. Then home to Texas.

Carol Kurwelnz Mar 09, 2015 at 01:50 PM

I am looking forward to the May 2015 program. Coming in from the East coast arriving by air only and 2 hours before the shuttle leaves from the airport at 1:45pm. In the unfortunate event I should have a flight delay and miss the shuttle, anyone have other transportation ideas to get to Gardiner that day?
Tom Clune Mar 11, 2015 at 08:38 PM

I will be going on the May trip, too. I am renting a car in Bozeman and would be happy to give you a ride if you like. I am scheduled to arrive in Boseman a bit before 1 PM local time.
Carol Kurwelnz Mar 16, 2015 at 09:07 PM

Tom, at this point I am still planning to make a reservation and take the shuttle to Gardiner. However, I would like to have a way to contact you in the event I have a delay and be unable to get that shuttle. I can send you my email and then you can send me your cell phone number.Let me know if that works for you or if you have another suggestion to get your number.
Tom Clune Mar 17, 2015 at 09:06 AM

Expedia has screwed up my flight reservation, so I need to get that sorted out before I know when I will actually be getting to Bozeman. So I can't tell you yet whether I will be available to give you a ride when you may want one.
Carol Kurwelnz Mar 17, 2015 at 02:26 PM

OK.. Hope you can that straightened out with them. Let me know how everything works out.
Tom Clune Mar 18, 2015 at 09:22 AM

My travel glitch has been resolved, and I have the flight I'd originally booked. If it is possible to get me your e-mail without posting it online (does Road Scholar facilitate that sort of thing?), that would probably be best.

Tom Clune Dec 24, 2014 at 08:41 AM

I will be going to the May 2015 program. It does not appear to include a visit to Grand Teton National Park. Is there time to get a visit to it during the free time of the program? Or is it special enough to plan on spending an additional day or two to take in that park while I'm in the area?
Helene Rothstein Dec 24, 2014 at 09:00 AM

No, there won't be enough free time. From what I heard while there, GT is special enough to warrant you spending the extra time to visit that park. Enjoy!
Tom Clune Dec 24, 2014 at 09:02 AM

Elroy Haverlah Dec 24, 2014 at 09:48 AM

I agree with Helene. Although the Tetons appear close on the map, travel through Yellowstone is slow, as it should be. Enjoy a relaxed pace while in Yellowstone, and schedule another visit to the Tetons, or perhaps schedule a couple of days before or after the Yellowstone program. Merry Christmas.
Elroy Haverlah Dec 24, 2014 at 09:48 AM

I agree with Helene. Although the Tetons appear close on the map, travel through Yellowstone is slow, as it should be. Enjoy a relaxed pace while in Yellowstone, and schedule another visit to the Tetons, or perhaps schedule a couple of days before or after the Yellowstone program. Merry Christmas.

Larry Wallenstein Oct 28, 2014 at 05:12 PM

February 1-6 2015. Anyone interested in car pooling from Bozeman. I will need to make a 1:30 flight on the 6 th.
Angela Christina Fyri Nov 12, 2014 at 12:41 AM

Elroy Haverlah Aug 13, 2014 at 04:23 PM

I am renting a car, arriving in Bozeman on Sept. 28 at 12:56 and departing on Oct. 5 (spending two nights in Bozeman). Cost to me is $220. Anyone want to ride along and share the cost?

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.

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