Glacier National Park in Montana is known as the Crown of the Continent and offers ample and diverse photographic subjects to challenge every photographer's creativity. From glacier carved majestic mountain peaks and blue alpine lakes to wildfire ravaged forests with fresh wildflowers bringing new life, there are opportunities for unique compositions around every turn! On this 6 day photography workshop you will immerse yourself in some of the Rocky Mountains most scenic locations. With any luck we will also be able to photograph some of the park's famous wildlife! Chris will guide you to some of the most beautiful spots in the park including some off the beaten path, and provide expert instruction on how best to capture the light and interesting compositions. The goal of the workshop is to give you the ability to explore, learn, and fine tune your photography skills both in the field as well in post processing development to bring your images to life.
DATES: JULY 8 - 13, 2018
INSTRUCTOR: CHRIS BYRNE
GROUP SIZE: 8 PARTICIPANTS
DEPOSIT: $450 to secure spot, balance due 60 days prior to workshop
We will meet in the afternoon of July 8 (day 1) in the St. Mary Lodge for introductions and an early dinner before heading into the park for the late afternoon and into sunset. After the first day, we will meet well before sunrise to get to the best possible locations to chase the morning light and continue shooting until the sun is too high and light too harsh. We will break each day in the late morning until mid afternoon to eat and rest up for our afternoon/evening photography session. This will also be the time dedicated for post processing instruction in both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for those that are interested. We will gather a several hours before sunset to take advantage of the late afternoon sun and mountain shadows and continue photographing until the last of the evening light fades. We will also dedicate one evening for shooting the night sky. Being far away from any city lights, Glacier is a wonderful location for photographing the Milky Way, shooting stars, star trails, and even the rare northern lights. This recipe calls for early mornings and late nights, which is why it's important we rest up in the middle of the day (the morning after our star photography session we will sleep in!) The workshop will end after sunset on Friday, July 13.
USEFUL INFO / PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY
The sun rises at approximately 5:40am and sets at 9:40pm during this time of the year. Add in driving time to and from locations and this will make for very early mornings and late nights. Temperatures can range from 40 degrees at night to 90 degrees during the day.
Physical difficulty of the locations will be moderate to strenuous. It is important for participants to be in good physical health. While many locations will be a short distance from a parking lot, there will be a couple more strenuous hikes of up to 6 miles roundtrip with elevation gains up to 1000 ft and some short but steep sections. We will not be doing very much hiking off trail and all of the trails in the park are well maintained, however some are more difficult than others.
AIRPORT / ACCOMODATIONS / RENTAL CAR
The nearest airport is Glacier International Airport in Kalispell, MT. It is 75 mile drive to St. Mary and will take approximately two hours (crossing through the park on Going to the Sun Rd).
We will be using the St. Mary Lodge right at the St. Mary park entrance as our home base and meeting point. Lodging near there includes: St. Mary Lodge, St. Mary KOA Campground (tents, RVs, cabins), Johnson's of St.Mary, Red Eagle Motel as well as the St. Mary campground and Rising Sun campground inside the park itself. As this time of the year is very busy for the park, it is strongly recommended that lodging reservations are made at the same time a workshop deposit and spot has been reserved.
A standard small to mid size rental car will be fine for this workshop. There will be no high clearance roads, and while there are a couple rough pot-holed roads, by driving slowing and carefully a regular car can handle it no problem. As parking can be tight we will also be carpooling to locations as often as possible.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
An adventure packed week in one of the most beautiful national parks in America! Photography locations will take us to nearly every corner of the park including Two Medicine, Lake McDonald, Logan Pass and Many Glacier. As stated previously there will be early mornings and late evenings but the days are structured to not wear anyone out and get the most enjoyment of the surroundings and scenery. Chris will provide tips in the field to capture images correctly "in camera" with the goal that part becomes second nature and students can then focus on the creative aspects of landscape and nature photography. Post processing instruction will run the gamut of importing and organizing files into Lightroom to processing images in Lightroom and Photoshop and finally prepping images for the internet or for print. Chris is an open book and willing to share any tips or tricks he's learned to help you turn your photos into art!
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Meals and snacks
Park entrance fees (includes $30 for 7 day park pass)
RECOMMENDED GEAR - CLOTHING, ETC.
Quick dry, lightweight long pants and shirts
Fleece or warm jacket
Shoes that can get wet (I love these SEAC Neoprene Boots to keep the dirt out),
RECOMMENDED CAMERA GEAR, ETC.
DSLR & Lenses ranging from wide angle (12mm) to telephoto (300mm). Serious wildlife photographers will want to bring a 400mm or longer lens and teleconverter.
Cable Release Trigger
Filters (Circular Polarizing Filter, Graduated ND Filters and Solid ND filters for long exposures)
Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc.
Computer with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop