(No non-participating spouses on this one as we shoot in the parks and along the entire route during the workshop. If a spouse wishes to join, they must pay the full price of the workshop.)
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 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.
The workshop starts in St. Mary, MT July 16th around 5pm and ends in Dillon, MT July 22nd in the evening....flying out on the 23rd. Please plan to fly in on the 15th and stay that night in Kalispell or Missoula so you can get to the workshop on time in St. Mary on the 16th
IMPORTANT NOTES: This is a no cancellation workshop
This workshop MUST be in full in order to happen. As soon as the workshop fills, there are no refunds. For this reason we STRONGLY suggest getting travel insurance. Make sure any coverage you get will cover the workshop tuition fee if something happens and you need to cancel. Make sure it is a "cancel for any reason" policy that does not exclude Covid as a covered event.
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!
Tuition does not include room, food or travel expenses.....
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
Hwy 89 & Going to the Sun Road
St. Mary, MT 59417
(3 nights) - July 16, 17, 18, checking out on the 19th
NOTE!!!!! NCPW already has these rooms booked because they fill up a year in advance. All rooms are in the West Motel area. If you would like a different type of room, take a look at their website https://www.glacierparkcollection.com/lodging/st-mary-village
then call them and see if you can get one. If you can't get something different, at least you have a spot. You will need to pay this room fee directly to us as we already have them paid for.
2) The Glacier Highland
West Glacier, MT 59936
1 night - July 19th
3) Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Missoula, MT 59808
1 night - July 20th
4) Best Western Paradise Inn
650 North Montana St
Dillon, MT 59725
2 nights - July 21 & 22 (flying out July 23 ....please do not schedule your departure flight before 2pm as Dillon is almost 3 hours from Missoula)
Glacier International Airport
4170 Hwy 2 East
Kalispell, MT 59901
(closest airport to Glacier where we start)
Missoula International Airport
5225 US HWY 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
(closest airport to where we finish in Dillon)
The closest airport to the start of the workshop is Kalispell. The closest to where we finish is the Missoula airport. If you fly in AND out of Kalispell, consider the drive is almost 5 hours from where we finish in Dillon, MT.
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.