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Kathleen Coggeshall Sep 08, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Clothing? Can anyone help me with what to pack! I went shopping at EMS yesterday for "layering"….do we need short sleeves? Should I get the lightweight or med weight wet tech long sleeves? I live on Cape Cod and we don't need layers here LOL! Just confused on what and how much to bring…this is for the Sept 20 trip!
Thanks! I'm getting so excited.
Helen Sternheim Sep 08, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Look at the weather forcast on My guess is warm during the day cool at night. shows an average high of 59, low of 29.

Joel Freedman Jul 19, 2014 at 07:18 PM

The answer depends on how many cameras and lenses you want to take, and what other items (filters, remote shutter releases, display viewer, etc.) I use a LowePro backpack that enables me to carry one body and up to four lenses, plus peripherals inside, and other items in the outside pockets (remote releases, manuals, cleaning cloths). It fits easily in the overhead compartment of aircraft. Which model backpack, if any, that you decide on is strictly a personal choice. If you do decide to buy one, I strongly recommend that you go to a camera store that has sufficient choices and try on a few to make sure the fit is comfortable.
Jane Agee Jul 22, 2014 at 02:15 PM

Thanks, Joel. I already have four Lowepro bags plus a couple of other brands. I need one bag to fly with the camera and three lenses (have this oen figured out) but also wanted a light, easily accessible bag for our hikes. May have this figured out, too. I just got back from a trip to the Olympic Peninsula and Victoria and found lighter is better!

Jane Agee Jul 19, 2014 at 04:49 PM

This will be my second trip with RS. I'm looking forward to it. Anyone have suggestions for a good camera bag that's easy to use with air travel.

Barbara Hecker Jun 18, 2014 at 03:26 PM

Hi all. Is anyone planning on spending a few extra days in this vicinity after the 9/20-9/26 program?
Kathy Williams Sep 18, 2014 at 06:37 PM

Hi Barbara....I'm planning on spending a couple extra days afterwards to photograph around the Tetons!

Carol Cohn May 14, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Hi all! My husband and I are also first timers with Road Scholar and the May trip will be our first trip to Yellowstone. I'm thinking of carrying weight at altitude, so decided to bring my 70-200 with both crop sensor and full frame bodies, along with a 1.4x extender. Plus other lenses for landscape and/or closeup. Does anyone know what locations we can use to check weather forecasts for Yellowstone? Thanks for any info/ideas.
Ryan Kirkpatrick Jul 07, 2014 at 02:37 PM

Thanks for bringing the warm weather Carol! =)

Gene Lentz Apr 29, 2014 at 08:35 PM

Hi, My wife, Joanne and I are attending Program #4531RJ - Advanced Nature Photography in Yellowstone & Grand Teton on May 26-June 1. We live in Seven Lakes West in West End, NC (75 miles south of Raleigh) and would like to hear from other persons planning to attend this program. We are both retired and are very active in our local photo club. We are really looking forward to this tour since this is our first trip to Yellowstone & Grand Teton.
Gene Lentz
Kathleen Coggeshall Apr 30, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Hi Gene, I sent you a personal message. I am also going --cannot wait!

Michael Trahan Apr 20, 2014 at 05:19 PM

Hi. Could not locate the Photography Details attachment mentioned in the program description or details. I definitely will be bringing a 100mm-400mm lens plus wide angles. Does it make sense to bring my 600mm?
Kathleen Coggeshall Apr 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I think we get all that information closer to the trip from what I remember reading. But I just purchased the Tamron 150-600 for the wildlife ..interested to hear what other's will be bringing for equipment!
Carol Martinez May 02, 2014 at 04:37 PM

Hi Kathy. This will be my first trip of this type, too, and my first Road Scholar experience. I'll be bringing my Canon SL1 (cropped sensor DSLR) with zoom lenses the equivalent of a full frame 18-55 and 35-220. For wildlife, I'll have a Canon SX50, which is a superzoom point and shoot. I look forward to meeting you and the rest of the group.
Michael Trahan Jul 12, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Just received the Photography Details attachment. I'm taking a Canon 600mm along with 3 shorter lenses, a 100-400mm, a 24-105mm and a 10-22mm on a 7D body. This will be part of a multi leg trip including Rocky Mountain National Park that I've already booked everything for. Hope there's room in the van for long lenses plus the people.
Kathleen Coggeshall Jul 14, 2014 at 01:50 PM

Too funny on the van big enough to fit equipment!!! I dread carrying it all cross country!!!! I currently have a Canon 60D but am looking into purchasing a 6D before the trip. I have the 10-22, 24-105 and the Tamron 150-600. Can't wait to meet everyone!! It's coming SOON!!!

Kathleen Coggeshall Jan 23, 2014 at 01:43 PM

Question for those who have done this trip....what was the best method for carrying all your gear during the day trips....tripod and lens etc can get heavy lugging all day! I have never done anything like this so advice would be great! Thanks. Kathy
Cheryl Cook Jan 23, 2014 at 03:51 PM

I use a sling type camera bag that has a cross body strap. Mt husband uses a camera backpack. Tripod attaches to either. Mainly our gear was in the van nearby so once we had set up our cameras with filters etc. we were good to go and except for the tripod which had a carry strap on them we left the rest in the van

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