If you haven't had the great fortune of shooting in one of the most picturesque national parks in the country, then this is the workshop for you!! Nestled in the northwestern corner of Montana, this park can be summed up in two simple words - AWE INSPIRING. Nowhere have we found such a stunning example of our country's magnificent beauty. Join Ledra as she guides you through one of her favorite shooting locations in the Western United States.
Then add the and history of photographing 4 of the best ghost towns Montana has to offer, and driving through the beauty of the surrounding countryside as you do so, and this truly becomes a 'Taste of Montana'.
This one is a two-part experience. The first 4 days will have you exploring all through this majestic park - its towering mountains, sapphire blue waterfalls, chasms and gorges, pristine peak-surrounded lakes and the most famous and heart stopping road of them all - The Going to the Sun Road.
The second part of this adventure will take you back in time as you experience and photograph a history of what early life was like in this remote mountain country. Visit 4 ghost towns to get a sense of that world.
Plus, between the two segments, we will also photograph one of the most beautiful Bison preserves you could ever imagine. This is truly an amazing opportunity to capture such a combination of history and landscape and nature photography.
This workshop starts in St. Mary, MT August 1st around 3 pm and ends in Dillion, MT August 8th in the evening.
1) Please note, if this is a regular 8-person workshop, there is a limit of 2 non-shooting spouses on this workshop and there is a fee of $300 for that spouse. If this is a 'small-group' workshop, then there are no non-shooting spouses allowed unless they pay the full fee.
2) There are two fairly aggressive hikes on this workshop. Please be prepared to hike around 2-3 miles round-trip on each of these hikes. Neither hike has a required point to achieve so you may move along these routes at your own personal pace. But the payoff is BEYOND worth the effort!
**Cancellation Policy - Please understand that on our longer trips where most people have to make extensive travel plans in order to join us, our cancellation policy is slightly more strict. On this workshop, the last day for you to cancel for a refund is May 1, 2020 if this is a regular 8-person workhsop. After this date, there will be no refunds unless we can fill your position with someone from the wait list. For this reason WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO INQUIRE ABOUT PURCHASING TRIP INSURANCE TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR INVESTMENT. BE SURE TO ASK ANY PROVIDER IF YOUR WORKSHOP TUITION WOULD BE A RECOVERABLE FEE
*****If this is a 'small group' workshop (4 or less), there will be no refunds due to the nature of costs and deposits on a small group workshop. Please purchase travel insurance for the non-refundable portion of your trip (mainly the tuition).
We have multiple hotels we are staying in during our visit -- it's a big park and will cut down on drive time! Please make sure to register for ALL 4 for the specific hotels shown....
1) Saint Mary Lodge - (3 nights) - Aug 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, checking out the 5th
Hwy 89 & Going to the Sun Road
St. Mary, MT 59417
The motel area of the property is about $100 less than the lodge. These are clean, but basic older rooms. Given that we are shooting most of the day, most people don't mind. If you would like to book slightly higher end accommodations, ask for a room in the lodge.
2) The Glacier Highland - (1 night) - Aug 5th
West Glacier, MT 59936
3) Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Missoula - (1 night) Aug 6th
Missoula, MT 59808
4) Best Western Paradise Inn (2 nights) - Aug 7 & 8, checking out the 9th (flying out the 9th in the afternoon)
650 North Montana St
Dillon, MT 59725
Glacier International Airport
4170 Hwy 2 East
Kalispell, MT 59901
(closest hotel to Glacier and Waterton)
Missoula International Airport
5225 US HWY 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
(closest hotel to where we finish)
You are responsible for your own transportation to, from and during the workshop. There are car rental agencies at or near either of the airports listed above. If you would like to share car rental costs with someone, please let us know and we can get you in touch with other participants who wish to share.
FOR THIS WORKSHOP:
Weather - This workshop will take you through many shooting environments, so be prepared for whatever the weather may bring. Be sure to have rain gear for you and your camera.
Conditions - There will be 2 hikes on this trip. If you cannot hike a 3 mile round trip, the hikes may be difficult for you. Please do not, however, take this to mean the hikes are impossible.....we will take our time. They can be strenuous, but each is done at your pace and we give you plenty of time to get to the shoot and to get back. One hike is a gradual hike uphill on a well worn and wide path with beauty at every turn. And another will be more steep, but again, you may go as far as you wish at your own pace. Make sure you have HIKING FOOTWEAR for this trip and hiking poles to help with stability. If you have any concerns please contact us to ask.
Accessories - We do not require that you purchase any specific equipment for this workshop. With that said, however, there are a couple of filters that we feel are very important to possess and whose effects cannot be replicated in Photoshop. A circular polarizer is very commonly used in landscape photography. We also recommend that you bring a 3-stop (.9) circular neutral density filter. There are some effects you cannot achieve without having an item such as this to block some light from entering the camera.