wind river range
Wind River Range Horseback Photography Workshop
August 22 - 25th, 2019 | Cost: $2,900 *inclusive - $550 deposit
4 days, 1 night at the ranch, 2 nights in the Winds
The Wind River Range in Wyoming is a stunning area that is only accessibly by foot (or horseback!), home to towering granite peaks and alpine lakes. We will explore the rugged wilderness on horseback and shoot beautiful remote locations that are rarely photographed. Evenings will be spent around the fire eating great food and sleeping in tents. There will be some hiking but nothing too strenuous as we will cover long distances on horseback. This is an incredible opportunity to photograph an area that normally takes miles and miles of hiking with tons of gear on your back to get to, without the work or planning.
Beginner - Advanced
Both beginners & experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop. I will work closely with you to address strengths and weaknesses. All can expect to be challenged.
No riding experience needed but you should be comfortable sitting on a horse for several hours at a time (You also have the option of walking and riding to break it up.) We may hike up to 1-2 miles while scouting for images.
Waterfalls, Peaks, Lakes
We will be high in the mountains of the Wind River Range, shooting the towering granite peaks, alpine lakes, streams and waterfalls. Expect it to get chilly at night and warm during the day.
I prefer to keep workshops small, ensuring that each person will have ample time for one-on-one instruction. This photography workshop is limited to 7 people.
A PHOTOGRAPHER'S PERFECT WEEKEND GETAWAY
Pristine Wilderness • Individual Photo Instruction • Meals around the Campfire • Expert Guides
DEEP IN THE WILDERNESS
We will be camping in Lizard Heard Meadows near Cirque of the Towers. This is a remote area you can only get to by foot or horseback. And while it takes several days on foot, we will cover about 14 miles on horseback in just one day - plus time to spare to shoot sunset!
All of the fun. None of the work.
A local ranch will be guiding us into the Wind River Range. Their team will prepare wonderful meals, tend camp and wrangle horses for us while we focus on creating amazing images! So we get to enjoy all of the benefits of camping in the wilderness with zero of the stress.
Years of Experience with Sony, Nikon, and Canon Gear
Photography Workshop Schedule
4 days, 1 night at the ranch, 2 nights in the Winds
Thursday: Arrive at the ranch about 3:30, meet and greet, short classroom session and dinner at 6:30. We will sleep in rustic cabins at the ranch to assure we are ready for an early morning start.
Friday: Meet at 6:30AM. Breakfast followed by a short horseback riding class before hitting the trail. Lunch will be en route. We will arrive at the campground late afternoon and set-up tents before heading out to shoot sunset. End with dinner around the fire.
Saturday: Rise early to shoot sunset followed by breakfast and some time off. Lunch then an afternoon scouting session. We will have an early dinner before heading out to shoot sunset. (then s'mores before bed!)
Sunday: Another early morning to shoot sunrise! After morning light we will have breakfast then saddle up for the trail ride back to the ranch. Lunch on the way. Wrap up about 5:30 after a full day ride.
INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP:
Photography instruction and classroom time
Horses and riding equipment
Tents, camp chairs, tarps, water buckets & filter
Camp kitchen and all meals during the workshop
Thursday night stay on the ranch in a shared rustic cabin
Dinner at the ranch on Thursday evening
Sleeping bag, pad and pillow or any personal gear
Flights or transportation to the workshop
Please feel free to email if you have any questions about what to bring.
Book your spot on the 2019 Wind River Range Photography Workshop!
August 22 - 25th, 2019 | Cost: $2,900 all inclusive
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ABOUT BUYING NEW GEARI always tell my students that you DO NOT need expensive gear to create excellent images. Great gear does make a difference in terms of technical quality, durability, ease of use and other factors and I advise using quality products, but creating a powerful, creative image is all about the photographer and the light. While I do recommend shooting with the best gear you can afford, keep in mind this is not the most important factor.
CAMERA GEARCamera: (preferably a DSLR or a mirrorless with the ability to shoot raw) Lenses: My ideal setup for full frame is a16-35mm, 50mm, 70-200 or 300mm. If you own a 24-70 or equivalent that is fine. As long as you have something fairly wide and a telephoto. For DX or APS-C users, any combination of lenses that gets you from at least 18mm to 200mm. Preferably from 10mm to 200mm but if you don’t already own a wide angle don’t stress. Other: A sturdy outdoor tripod is a must! Also, plenty of digital memory, extra batteries & battery charger, lens cleaning cloth, camera bag that allows you to easily get to your gear. You may want to consider bringing a back up camera as well. Filters: The only filter that I consider a must have is a circular polarizer. While I don't use it often — when you need it you have to have it. There can also be situations where a 10 stop neutral density or variable ND (variable neutral density) can be very useful. This is definitely not something that is mandatory but could be useful on the workshop or shooting in general. I prefer the screw on circular polarizers and ND filters. I also carry a 3 stop soft graduated neutral density filter, and although I rarely use it these days — it can come in handy. If you don't already know what this is or how to use it, don't stress about bringing one. I prefer hand holding 4x6 inch grad ND filters.
OUTDOOR GEARWe will shoot rain or shine. A rainjacket is a must and a small travel umbrella is highly recomended. Layered clothing is super important for changing temperatures — early morning can be cold with afternoons getting very warm. Consider thin gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear and sunglasses. Also helpful to have is a flashlight, sunscreen, lip balm and bug spray. For more challenging or strenuous workshops, it is helpful but not mandatory to bring waterproof boots or gators. I don't personally usually use a camera cover (I prefer an umbrella) this is something you may want to bring along.
CLASSROOMPlease bring a laptop computer with a card reader for the classroom portion of the workshop. It would be best to have Adobe Lightroom software installed. We will also spend a small amount of time with Adobe Photoshop if you want to have this installed as well to follow along. I use the Creative Cloud and purchasing the Lightroom/Photoshop package which is only $9.99 a month. If you use and prefer another editing program that is not a problem at all. You will still pick up a ton of new thoughts and ideas — much of the editing is focused on the artistic side of image processing. Also, if you don't have a laptop — don't stress. You will still benefit from the ideas shared in the courses. You are welcome to borrow a laptop or share with another student. If you prefer to take written notes, it is a good idea to bring along pen and paper.
CRITIQUE SESSIONWe will be critiquing images taken prior to the workshop, please inlcude a section of 15-20 of your favorite images you would like feedback on. We may also have a chance to critique some images taken during the workshop.
INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPSYou must have travel insurance for an international workshop. I recommend bringing quite a few snacks with you. Granola bars, jerky, nuts, etc. Be sure to see what kind of plug adaptor you will need for electronics. If you are signing up from outside of the US, please be aware of VISA requirements for the country of travel.