Package Deal – Vacation Rental and Photography Tour/Workshop
THREE NIGHTS LODGING, TWO DAYS TOUR OF PARK
We are pleased to be able to offer a new service, three day private vacation rental and two day photography workshop or tour, for two.
Our full house rental offers comfort and privacy only two blocks from Yellowstone National Park’s North Gate. Arrive the day before your tour/workshop begins and get settled in, grill dinner, get a good nights rest and then walk out your door to meet your guide in the morning, at 6 a.m.
You tour will be geared to meet your desires and requests and the areas in which we roam in the park will depend on the time of year. I will have a good idea of where the best sightings might be. We will go look at wolves if they are around, or bears, bison, see the sights of the park. Your guide has been a full time wildlife photographer in Yellowstone for 8 years and can help you get those great shots you see on other people’s websites and pages.
We will spend the two days in the park, from 6 a.m. until mid-afternoon, looking for wildlife and talking about the park and the different species. Your late afternoons and nights will be on your own, to enjoy the comforts of the cottage, or stay late in the park.
You will be responsible for wearing warm and comfortable clothing. Be prepared for the temperatures to range 40 degrees during the course of a day. It may snow, rain or shine. It may be frosty and bitterly cold, or too warm for your jacket. I suggest a down winter jacket with fleece layers, a warm hat, gloves that will allow you to control the camera (heavy and light gloves are preferred), a face mask, sunglasses, sun screen, snow pants, good comfortable and warm boots (I use Baffin and winter Muck Luks, warm socks (I always carry an extra pair in case they get wet) and hand and toe warmers. Don’t forget to bring hand and foot warmers.
THE NEW COVID WAY
During the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, our workshops and tours will be geared towards maximum safety for all involved. Masks will be worn when distancing is not an option, inside and outside. We will highly encourage clients to drive their own vehicle and follow their guide, using walkie talkies to keep in contact. If this is not possible, we will screen each person to assure they are healthy. Your guide will be getting regular COVID tests and limiting the number of tours in order to minimize virus contact potential. And questions, please don’t hesitate to contact.
Food is scarce to non-existent in the park so bring what you need for the day. I will have a cooler to store your food in.
Photography equipment – you must know the basic settings of your camera in order to attend these workshops, and how to switch them on the fly. You will want to have 1 or 2 camera DSLR camera bodies, with a long lens, preferable 400mm or more and a landscape lens, ie 17-35 mm. If possible, a mid-range lens, Canon 100-400mm or Nikon 70-200, would be great. Most of my lenses are 2.8 or 4.0, for better images in low light. Teleconverters if you have them. I recommend having your lenses and teleconverters micro-adjust for perfect focus on all of your camera bodies. Also, make sure your sensors are clean but, I don’t recommend you doing this yourself. Bozeman Camera, in Bozeman, MT, does a great job with both of these tasks and does rent tripods and lenses for your convenience. http://bozemancamera.com 406-586-8300 – tell them Deby sent you. If you are a Nikon user, I have some telephoto lenses that can be rented. Don’t forget a tripod!
Unfortunately, we can not guarantee that you will see and/or get to photograph particular animals. Nature is nature and somedays are filled with great sightings while others can be slow and we have to work real hard.
One half of the tour amount is due at the time of registering and can not be refunded, so be sure and do all of your research before booking your tour. We recommend that you purchase trip insurance, in case the unexpected happens. The balance will be due one month prior to your tour and can be refunded if you notify us 14 days in advance.
Roads on the Northern Range are well-maintained in the winter and normally do not pose a problem unless we get a new storm during the night with high winds.
You will be responsible for transportation to Gardiner, MT, where your workshop will begin. Your full home rental is included in your package – and for your accommodations. I can make recommendations for food, or you can check the “Gardiner” tab.
I have been located in Gardiner, Montana, and touring the park for photography, videography and wildlife watching on a near daily basis for the past seven winters, so please do not hesitate to ask questions. There is one grocery store in town, only a few restaurants open and not all motels are open, during the winter. Your entertainment at night will be limited to a couple of local bars, dining out, or getting warm in your room. Gardiner is a small town so you can walk almost everywhere but make sure you give the local deer and elk the right-of-way.
More information on Yellowstone in the Winter: