17947
Gardiner
Inspired Images: Photographing the Wonders of Yellowstone
Capture stunning images of Yellowstone National Park as you improve your photography with expert instruction, learning about compositing, light and the secrets of a great shot.
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Program No. 17947RJ
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Gardiner, MT
D
Yellowstone River Motel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.; Walk 1/2 mile round trip to local restaurant.

Afternoon: Program Registration 4:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table right next to the front desk to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: Preset plated welcome dinner local restaurant includes salad, entrée, dessert and coffee or tea and water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This program will be led by both the Group Leader and an Instructor, who is an professional photographer and naturalist and will lead the educational portion of the program. All transportation will be on SUVs unless specified otherwise to provide better and easier access to areas for photographing amidst the large crowds. Be sure to bring your own water bottle. Water will be available on the bus during all field trips so you can refill your bottles; disposable cups will not be provided. Be aware that elevations in Gardiner and Yellowstone National Park range from 6,500 feet to over 8,000 feet. Staying hydrated reduces symptoms of altitude sickness. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Fundamentals of Photography, Introduction to Yellowstone
Gardiner, MT
B,L,D
Yellowstone River Motel

Activity note: Getting on and off SUVs several times with photo equipment; Periods of up to 1 hour standing and waiting for photo ops. Walking up to 1 mile on lose gravel roads, some asphalt trails, boardwalks and stairs.

Breakfast: We'll walk the four blocks to a classroom for plated hot breakfast including fruit, yogurt, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: We will all be given a photography manual to keep and use during the week. Our Instructor will use the manual as a guide and begin the morning by presenting photography fundamentals; discuss composition, lighting, proper exposure, sharpness, lens choices, and much more.

Lunch: Plated pizza lunch which includes salad and a soft drink or coffee and water; other drinks available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our instructor and expert photographer will continue our discussion on photography fundamentals. We will have time to collect our photo gear from our motel before we head into Yellowstone National Park for our first field trip. We will begin using our photography skills in Mammoth Hot Springs area, which is a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate The huge amount of geothermal vents, & travertine flourishes, plus possible grazing wildlife offer spectacular photo opportunities.

Dinner: Preset plated dinner at local restaurant includes salad, entrée, dessert and coffee or tea and water; other drinks available for purchase.

Evening: We will walk or shuttle in the SUVs to our classroom with our instructor to discuss the basics of the digital darkroom, downloading, saving and cataloging, with an introduction to image enhancement.

DAY
3
Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
Gardiner, MT
B,L,D
Yellowstone River Motel

Activity note: Several walks, up to 2 miles total on asphalt and dirt trails, boardwalks with some stairs; approx. 1 hour of walking. Getting on and off the SUVs several times for picture taking opportunities and wildlife observation. Driving time will be about 3 hours total; approximately 50 miles one-way with slower speed limits and several stops. Evening return of about 9 pm will make for long day in the field.

Breakfast: We'll take a shuttle or walk, dependent on personal preference, 6 blocks to a local restaurant and order from a select menu; includes juice, coffee & tea.

Morning: We will board the SUVs for the first the first of three full day field trips in Yellowstone with our professional photographer/ naturalist who provides ongoing photography discussion and guidance, supports hands on aspects of field photography, all the while interpreting the park's natural history. We will depart early for the Old Faithful area within the Upper Geyser Basin, which contains over a quarter of the world's geysers. We will travel via Gibbon River, Gibbon Falls, Firehole River and Fountain Paint Pot as we see, smell, hear, enjoy and photograph geysers, hot springs, mudpots and fumaroles in the heart of Yellowstone.

Lunch: We will enjoy sack lunches with sandwich, chips, fruit and cookie while adventuring in the Park.

Afternoon: We will take time to photograph legendary Old Faithful Inn, an example of "parkitecture" designed by Robert Reamer and built of local stone and logs during the winter of 1903-04. This treasure is now a National Historic Landmark and one of the few remaining log hotels in the country. We will continue to find opportunities to photograph Yellowstone's grand landscape & magnificent ecosystem with its unique features, colors, and wildlife intersecting together to create a tapestry of life not to be found anywhere else in the nation.

Dinner: We will enjoy a meal in the heart of Yellowstone at the Old Faithful Cafeteria with choices from a buffet featuring salad, entrée, sides, and dessert, plus water, coffee, and tea; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We will board the SUVs for the trip back to the motel keeping our cameras ready for a sunset photo opportunity.

DAY
4
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Gardiner, MT
B,L,D
Yellowstone River Motel

Activity note: Several walks, up to 2 miles total on asphalt, dirt trails with uneven terrain, boardwalks with some stairs. Getting on and off the SUV several times for picture taking opportunities and wildlife observation. Driving distance approx. 35 miles one way in slower speed limits; About 2.5 hours.

Breakfast: We'll take a shuttle or walk, dependent on personal preference, 6 blocks to a local restaurant and order from a select menu; includes juice, coffee & tea.

Morning: We will depart for the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone where we will have many opportunities for prime photographs of the beautifully tinted canyon walls caused by hot water acting on volcanic rock. We will see the 109' Upper Falls and the iconic & spectacular 308' Lower Falls. From different vantage points we will be able to capture images of the sheer magnificence of the water falls and the mighty river weaving through the canyon.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Our instructor will offer ongoing interpretation of the park's natural features & wildlife along with personal assistance and instruction on specific techniques on taking landscape and wildlife photographs.

Dinner: We will enjoy a meal at the Canyon Cafeteria with choices from a buffet featuring salad, entrée, sides, and dessert, plus water, coffee, and tea; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We will return to the motel for some leisure time.

DAY
5
Tower Fall, Lamar Valley, Cooke City
Gardiner, MT
B,L,D
Yellowstone River Motel

Activity note: Several walks, up to 2 miles total on dirt and rocky trails with uneven terrain. Getting on and off the SUVs several times for picture taking opportunities and wildlife observation. Long periods of standing waiting for photo ops, up to 1 hour; Early morning departure; Driving distance about 53 miles one way with slower speed limits; approx. 3.5 hours total driving time.

Breakfast: Hot, boxed breakfast to go includes breakfast sandwich, fruit and gogurt. Water, coffee & tea provided.

Morning: We will depart early to take advantage of lighting options during the magic hour of sunrise as we head into the single best place to watch the wild things in Yellowstone, the Lamar Valley. This is prime habitat for bears, wolves, elk, bison, pronghorn, eagles, and bighorn sheep. We will take advantage of this wide expansive valley for wonderful landscape photographs.

Lunch: Order from deli menu at restaurant in Yellowstone's beautiful and isolated northeast gateway community of Cooke City.

Afternoon: We will travel back through the Lamar Valley enjoying further photography assistance and instruction from our instructor.

Dinner: Preset dinner local restaurant includes salad, entrée, dessert and coffee or tea and water; other drinks available for purchase.

Evening: We will have the opportunity to show off one of our photographs from the week in closing slide show. Our instructor will offer some final critiques and time to answer questions.

DAY
6
Independent departures
Gardiner, MT
B

Activity note: Airport shuttle departs at 8:30 am; not included in program price. Walk 1/2 mile round trip to local restaurant.

Breakfast: We'll take a shuttle or walk, dependent on personal preference, 6 blocks to a local restaurant and order from a select menu; includes juice, coffee & tea.

Morning: This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys! The airport shuttle departs at 8:30 am. Make reservations at least 3 days ahead. This is not included in the program cost.