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Program #4531RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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 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

Kathleen Coggeshall Dec 19, 2013 at 02:48 PM

I DID IT, I DID IT!! Just booked for Sept. 20. THANK YOU TO RYAN Kirkpatrick for all of your help.....!!! It was the Earthfire Institute that sealed the deal for me. I am so excited. Thank you to everyone who wrote me and gave me awesome advice. Merry Christmas. Kathy
Road Scholar Dec 20, 2013 at 05:04 PM

Congratulations Kathleen! We're so excited to have you join this wonderful learning adventure. You won’t regret it! Ryan is a fantastic group leader and Mountains and Plains runs incredible programs!

Ken Dvorak Dec 11, 2013 at 06:44 PM

I would agree with both Cheryl and Ryan. This program is fantastic. You'll enjoy the beauty of early morning light and the special beauty of the evening light. Ryan and the rest of the staff are the best. I plan to return to this program again in the Fall some year so that I can take images at the wildlife rehab center.
Kathleen Coggeshall Dec 12, 2013 at 01:51 PM

Ken, thank you for taking the time to help me decide...humm September sounds interesting too..but I have definitely decided this is the program to take! Thank you and happy holidays!

Cheryl Cook Dec 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM

How do you learn best, class or in the field? What is your primary goal, to learn photography or to do it with great help available? Do you want to see one park or two? If you answered these question choosing the second answer then you want this trip. This is a hands on the camera, fantastic tour of the best of the two parks. The staff could not be more knowledgable and helpful, and the organization of all facets of the trip is top notch.
Kathleen Coggeshall Dec 12, 2013 at 01:50 PM

Cheryl, thank you soooooo much. Your input is greatly appreciated and helped me make my decision to GO FOR IT!! Happy Holidays. Kathy

Kathleen Coggeshall Dec 10, 2013 at 02:58 PM

Can someone help me out please....I've been accepted in the Inspirational Images of Yellowstone; however, I've read several places that there is ALOT of class time with that program. This will be a once in a lifetime (probably) trip for me so I would like an opinion on for photography reasons if the Advanced Yellowstone/Tetons would be better. It is ALOT more money but trying to get the most I can out of it. The Inspired Images of Yellowstone has a whole first day of just classtime which if I'm travelling from Mass. I would rather be out taking pictures then in a classroom....any input I would SO appreciate before the "take the plunge". Thank you!
Ryan Kirkpatrick Dec 10, 2013 at 04:10 PM

Hi Kathleen, thanks for posting on the discussion board. Any time doing photography in Yellowstone is time well spent. I am the group leader for this program (#4531), so I'm happy to talk more with you about it. This advanced program most definitely has a "field" emphasis. You will spend most of your time out in the field and on the road exploring the parks, with instructors by your side to teach and answer questions as we go. Feel free to contact us directly if you have more questions: Thanks, Ryan

Cheryl Cook Mar 21, 2013 at 05:58 PM

I and my husband will be attending. This is our first road scholar trip but we have visited this area frequently as it is a favorite. Looking forward to meeting all of you. We will be driving in from Utah, where we spend the summer getting away from the Texas heat.
Ryan Kirkpatrick Jun 04, 2013 at 05:46 PM

Hi Cheryl, it was a pleasure spending the week with you and Doug and thanks for sharing your passion for this area with the rest of the group. Welcome to Road Scholar and I hope to see you again!

Ken Dvorak Mar 04, 2013 at 01:42 PM

I agree on bringing both cameras and lens plus a lap top to download at the end of the day and review images.
I usually bring three cameras, a 35mm film, a 645 medium format film, my digital. I will decide which to bring each day depending on where we are going.
Also, don't forget a good tripod as you'll be shooting in manual and want to take time to set up your shots.
Ryan Kirkpatrick Jun 04, 2013 at 05:44 PM

Hi Ken, it was great to spend another program with you and I look forward to seeing more of your images!
Ken Dvorak Jun 04, 2013 at 07:18 PM

I had a great time. I did see a Grizzly on Sunday. It was south of the Jackson Lake dam. One of last years cubs. Talked with a local who said there is a Momma bear that has three cubs, she also had three last year.

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