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

Afternoon: Program Registration, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the hotel conference room 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. 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. SUVs will transport us to all sites. These smaller vehicles offer better access to prime areas for taking photos. There will commentary from your instructor all along the way and many stops for bathroom breaks and to take photographs of the landscape and the wildlife. 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.

Dinner: At a nearby restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, including salad, entrée, dessert, and coffee or tea and water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Our instructor, a professional photographer, will provide an introduction to Yellowstone in the hospitality room at our hotel. Our evening presentation will reflect the rhythm of Yellowstone's changing seasons.

DAY
2
Mammoth Hot Springs, Finer Points of Photography
Gardiner, MT
B,L,D
Yellowstone River Motel

Activity note: Getting on/off SUVs several times with photo equipment. Standing and waiting for photo ops up to 1 hour. Walking up to 1 mile on lose gravel roads, some asphalt trails, boardwalks and stairs. Pre-breakfast morning photo shoot.

Breakfast: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast with choices from a limited menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: Before breakfast, we will enjoy an early morning photo shoot in the Mammoth Hot Springs area. After breakfast, we will continue our morning in our classroom. We will all be given a photography manual to keep and use during the week. Our instructor, a professional landscape and wildlife photographer, will use the manual as a guide to instruct us in the finer points of nature photography. We will receive hands-on direction to help us sharpen our photography skills as we travel through Yellowstone's magnificent landscape.

Lunch: We will walk to a local restaurant and enjoy a plated pizza lunch, which includes salad and a soft drink or coffee and water; other drinks available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will board the SUVs with our photo gear and continue our photographic journey into Yellowstone National Park. We’ll return to Mammoth Hot Springs area, which is a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine thousands of years old. The huge amount of geothermal vents and travertine flourishes, plus possible grazing wildlife, offer spectacular photo opportunities.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, including salad, entrée, dessert, and coffee or tea and water; other drinks available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. This could be time for self-study using the prime evening light for taking stunning photos.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off SUVs several times for picture-taking opportunities and wildlife observation. Walking up to 2 miles (1 hour) total on asphalt and dirt trails, boardwalks with some stairs. Driving time about 3 hours total, with slower speed limits and several stops.

Breakfast: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast with choices from a limited menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: We will board the SUVs for another field trip into Yellowstone with our professional photographer and naturalist, who will provide ongoing photography discussion and guidance, support hands on aspects of field photography, and interpret the park's natural history. We will depart for the Old Faithful area within the Upper Geyser Basin, which contains over a quarter of the world's geysers, then 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 – 1904. 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 and magnificent ecosystem, with its unique features, colors, and wildlife intersecting together to create a tapestry of life not found anywhere else in the nation.

Dinner: At a lodge in the Old Faithful Historic District in the heart of Yellowstone, we will enjoy a meal 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: Getting on/off SUV for picture taking opportunities and wildlife observation. Driving distance approximately 35 miles one way in slower speed limits; about 2.5 hours. Walking up to 2 miles total on asphalt, dirt trails with uneven terrain, boardwalks with some stairs.

Breakfast: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast with choices from a limited menu, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

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-foot high Upper Falls and the iconic 308-foot high 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: We will enjoy sack lunches with sandwich, chips, fruit and cookie while adventuring in the park.

Afternoon: Our instructor will offer ongoing interpretation of the park’s natural features and wildlife, along with personal assistance and instruction on specific techniques on taking landscape and wildlife photographs. We will stop at the motel before dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a preset plated dinner including a salad, entrée, and dessert, plus 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, and image enhancement.

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

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

Breakfast: On the road, we will have hot, boxed breakfast to-go, including a breakfast sandwich, fruit, and yogurt Water provided.

Morning: We will depart early to take advantage of lighting options during the magic hour of sunrise, heading into one of the best places 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. We will then travel to Yellowstone's beautiful and isolated northeast gateway community of Cooke City for lunch before returning to Lamar Valley.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Cooke City, we will order deli options from the menu. Coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will travel back through the Lamar Valley, enjoying further photography assistance and instruction from our instructor. We will stop at the motel before going to dinner together.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a preset meal, including salad, entrée, and dessert options. Water, coffee, and tea included; other drinks available for purchase.

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

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Gardiner, MT
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At a local restaurant within walking distance of the motel, we’ll sit down for a hearty breakfast with choices from a limited menu; coffee, tea, included and other beverages available for purchase. This concludes our program.

Morning: 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!






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