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Yellowstone Winter Photography Workshop

Yellowstone National Park, USA

Nikhil Bahl
Paul Zaretsky
Photography Workshop with Nikhil Bahl and Paul Zaretsky
Paul Zaretsky will NOT be part of the second group
6 people maximum
10 days
On a winter Yellowstone photography workshop photograph a dreamy landscape that transforms into a quiet, magical winter wonderland after the busy season. Wandering wildlife, thermal features, fresh snow, and frosty terrain all within a peaceful setting are a treat for your camera lens and a remarkable experience to behold.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit and photograph a winter wonderland and wildlife haven in the United States.
  • Yellowstone National Park is a unique place to visit for landscape photography, with surreal outlooks containing the greatest concentration of thermal features in the world.
  • The park’s largest centralization of free-roaming wildlife in the contiguous United States makes it an exciting location for wildlife photography.
  • Plan your visit during nature’s solitude, with less tourists so you can focus on photography.
  • Learn from Paul Zaretsky and Nikhil Bahl in a small group setting with other photographers like you.

Dates

Main Trip, 6 people maximum

  • January 23–February 1, 2020 (SOLD OUT)
  • February 2–11, 2020 (5 openings)

Cost Per Person (USD)

Price from $4,995
Full details

Want to talk first?

Call 1-888-667-0559 or 410-239-8025, Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Eastern Time. You can also send an email to editors@naturescapes.net.

Yellowstone Photography Workshop with Nikhil Bahl

Winter Wonderland and Wildlife Haven

A surreal landscape that contains the greatest concentration of thermal features in the world, along with the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states makes Yellowstone National Park a truly unique place to visit.

Male elk on the Madison River © Nikhil Bahl

Yellowstone Photography Workshop Opportunities

Plan Your Visit During Nature’s Solitude

Visiting Yellowstone in the winter is like visiting a different park compared to summer months. In July and August Yellowstone National Park attracts over 2 million visitors. Winter is considered a relatively quiet time with less than 300,000 visitors amking it to the park over the winter season.

Snow covered trees © Nikhil Bahl

Abundant Wildlife and Birds in Action

When the landscape is covered with snow, it makes wildlife spotting much easier. Sixty-seven different mammals live here! During your Yellowstone photography workshop, you will likely see bison, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, coyotes, foxes, pronghorn, and—if lucky—elusive bobcat and river otter. Winter is also the best time to spot gray wolves, with their packs active all over the park throughout the season. There are also plenty of bird photography opportunities. Bald eagles are usually spotted close to the rivers with the occasional golden eagle making an appearance. If there is a kill close to the road there is a great chance for capturing fantastic action. You never know what will show up!

Immature bald eagle kill © Nikhil Bahl

Serene Landscapes Blanketed in White

Winter also presents distinctive opportunities for landscape photography. Cold temperatures mixed with steam rising from geyser basins can cause frost to form on nearby trees, creating interesting photographic effects. Some days there can be freezing fog, which can lead to very interesting atmospheric conditions. Scores of wildlife and birds that live at Yellowstone effortlessly become part of interesting landscapes. With a vast amount of fresh snow that falls in Yellowstone every year, the park always provides fantastic opportunities for diverse landscape photography.

Canary springs © Nikhil Bahl

What sets the NatureScapes Yellowstone Workshop Apart?

Compared to other tour companies, our Yellowstone photography workshop is very small with no more than 6 participants. The reason our Yellowstone photography workshop is small is because we want to maximize your learning and photographic opportunities and can guarantee that you will have your own door and window out of the vehicles we’ll be traveling in. As an added benefit, you will also have quick access to your gear. This gives you the best opportunities to capture images when speed is of the essence when exiting vehicles and setting up, or when it is necessary to shoot right out of the window. This is true for the part of the workshop when we shoot from 2 large SUVs. When traveling in a snow coach the windows cannot be opened. We will also get 4 full days on the snow coach! No other workshop currently offers this. This will allow us extra time to explore the interior of the park and spend more time with quality photographic opportunities.

We also want to make sure you have plenty of room for your gear and warm clothing in the vehicles. With this Yellowstone photography workshop you are assured to have the best vantage point at all times, and will never be held back by sitting in an overcrowded van.One of the biggest advantages of having a small group is the flexibility it allows for customizing and adjusting both the schedule and agenda to suit the interests of the group. It also affords us the flexibility required by variable weather and allows us to cover unique topics that your group is most interested in.

Paul Zaretsky and Nikhil Bahl, your trip leaders and instructors, will always be by your side making sure you are taking advantage of every photo opportunity there is. They will be there to guide you and offer ideas and technical help during the workshop so you are comfortable taking photos in challenging photographic conditions.

“I had a tremendous time and brought home many good images. Juan and Nikhil organized the trip extremely well, and each had excellent photographic advice to share. I most enjoyed the spectacular wildlife and beautiful winter landscape of Yellowstone, the comradery of other nature photographers, and the excellent guidance of Juan and Nikhil. I hope to join them on another photo workshop in the future. Great workshop!”

Bradford W.

What You Will Learn During this Yellowstone Photography Workshop

Nikhil and Paul are accomplished professional photographers and educators who have a deep passion for the outdoors. They believe that the best way to teach is by demonstrating; therefore they will be shooting alongside you, sharing their techniques, unique visions, and their love and knowledge of Yellowstone with you. Their priority first and foremost is always you and helping you capture the wonders of Yellowstone with your own vision and creativity.

Topics to Be Covered During Your Yellowstone Photography Workshop

  • How to create aesthetically pleasing wildlife and landscape photographs.
  • Learning to simplify your compositions for more powerful and expressive images.
  • Storytelling through natural history photography.
  • Best use of equipment in varying circumstances.
  • Photographing in cold weather.
  • Dealing with challenging exposures.
  • Long exposures.
  • Setting needed to capture wildlife action.
  • Creating panoramic photographs.

Bison walking in the snow © Nikhil Bahl

Itinerary

Our typical travel itinerary is subject to change based on weather and other factors. This is a photography workshop and as such you should not expect this to be a leisurely and relaxing vacation. We want to maximize your photographic and learning opportunities in Yellowstone National Park and strive to send everyone home with a nice portfolio of images and newfound knowledge. Our days are typically long, starting before dawn and ending after sunset. In general, we will take a lunch break to rest and recuperate midday.

Day 1

  • Arrive in Bozeman, Montana at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). Arrive no later than 1:00 PM on this day.
  • We will pick up all workshop participants at the airport and transfer to our hotel in Gardiner.
  • There will be an orientation meeting so everyone can meet each other and Nikhil can review conditions and plan for the next day.
  • Overnight in Gardiner.

Day 2–4

  • Travel to Lamar Valley stopping for different wildlife and landscape photography opportunities along the way.
  • Eat lunch in Cooke City.
  • Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar.
  • Overnight in Gardiner.

Lamar Valley © Nikhil Bahl

Day 5

  • Enjoy a sunrise photo shoot at Mammoth Hot Springs. While photographing in the Gardiner area there are several opportunities for wildlife photography including pronghorn and big horn sheep.
  • Return to the hotel to pick up luggage and drive to West Yellowstone, stopping for lunch on the way.
  • Arrive in West Yellowstone, check-in to our lodging, and settle into rooms.
  • Eat an early dinner on this day.
  • Overnight in West Yellowstone.

Day 6–9

  • Travel via private snow coach into the interior of the park. The park’s interior offers many wildlife and scenic opportunities. It is truly a unique experience!
  • Each day you will spend up to 10 hours in the field.
  • Bagged lunches are arranged from a local deli so we can enjoy our lunch in the field surrounded by nature.
  • Every day we’ll travel to different sections of the park.
  • Even though we will pass some photo opportunities every day, we may try and photograph them a couple of times depending on weather conditions.
  • Some of the locations you will visit are: Madison River, Norris Geyser Basin, Upper and Lower Geyser Basins, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Hayden Valley depending on road conditions. There will be plenty of opportunities to photograph wildlife and landscapes during this part of the workshop. We will pick which one to focus on based on weather conditions and opportunities.
  • Overnight in West Yellowstone.

Norris Geyser basin © Nikhil Bahl

Day 10

  • Travel to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) to depart for home.
  • All airline departures must be after 12:00 PM on this day.

“Huge diversity of opportunities; lovely landscapes, fascinating thermals, and superb wildlife. Brilliant! Great atmosphere and excellent leaders; they were always helpful and enthusiastic. Really good trip, probably the best I’ve done! Thank you!”

David W.

Bighorn sheep, male © Nikhil Bahl

Includes

  • All lodging (based on double occupancy); single supplements are $750.
  • Ground transportation including private snow coach.
  • Snacks and water in vehicles.
  • All necessary permits and fees throughout.
  • All in the field and casual classroom instruction.
  • Comprehensive and detailed information packet including logistics details, packing and equipment lists, and more.

Red fox shakes snow © Nikhil Bahl

Does Not Include

  • Meals and drinks.
  • Transport to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) in Bozeman, Montana.
  • Single supplement may be required if we cannot pair you with a roommate; we will inform you of the rooming arrangements as the trip fills.

Immature bald eagle in flight © Nikhil Bahl

Dates and Cost

Dates

Main Trip, 6 people maximum

  • January 23–February 1, 2020 (SOLD OUT)
  • February 2–11, 2020 (5 openings)

Cost Per Person (USD)

  • Trip: $4,995
  • Deposit: $1,000
  • Single Supplement: $750

Trip Details

Dates

Main Trip, 6 people maximum

  • January 23–February 1, 2020 (SOLD OUT)
  • February 2–11, 2020 (5 openings)

Cost Per Person (USD)

  • Trip: $4,995
  • Deposit: $1,000
  • Single Supplement: $750

Single Supplements

Single supplement fees reflect our actual cost and are subject to availability. If you're a single traveler and we're unable to place you with a roommate, we will need to place you in a single room and charge a single supplement.

Travel Ratings

Easy Activity
Beginner Photographers
Based on Land

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Leaders and Guides

Nikhil Bahl

Nikhil Bahl is a full time professional photographer, author, educator, workshop instructor and environmentalist residing in the Washington D.C....Continue reading

Paul Zaretsky

Paul Zaretsky is a photographer, environmentalist and father. Motivated by the current threats to our environment...Continue reading

Photo Gallery

Yawning red fox © Nikhil Bahl
Trumpeter swans in the snow © Nikhil Bahl
Trees in snowy weather © Nikhil Bahl
Trees in the snow © Nikhil Bahl
Trees and shadows © Nikhil Bahl
Trees in the fog at Yellowstone © Nikhil Bahl
Tree shadows © Nikhil Bahl
Tree landscape in snow © Nikhil Bahl
Snow covered trees © Nikhil Bahl
Snow covered bison © Nikhil Bahl
River otter © Nikhil Bahl
River otter trio © Nikhil Bahl
Red fox in the snow © Nikhil Bahl
Red fox shakes off snow © Nikhil Bahl
Red fox with carcass © Nikhil Bahl
Pronghorn in snow © Nikhil Bahl
Pronghorn profile © Nikhil Bahl
Pronghorn portrait © Nikhil Bahl
Pronghorn pair © Nikhil Bahl
Otters run © Nikhil Bahl
Old Faithful eruption © Nikhil Bahl
Norris Geyser Basin at Yellowstone © Nikhil Bahl
Moose © Nikhil Bahl
Moose and willow © Nikhil Bahl
Moose in the snow © Nikhil Bahl
Male elk portrait © Nikhil Bahl
Male elk and trees © Nikhil Bahl
Male elk on Madison River © Nikhil Bahl
Magpie on bison © Nikhil Bahl
Lower Yellowstone falls © Nikhil Bahl
Long-tailed weasal © Nikhil Bahl
Lamar Valley at Yellowstone National Park © Nikhil Bahl
Lamar Valley black and white © Nikhil Bahl
Immature bald eagle with kill © Nikhil Bahl
Immature bald eagle in flight © Nikhil Bahl
Hoar frost © Nikhil Bahl
Frosty plant © Nikhil Bahl
Foggy West Thumb geyser basin © Nikhil Bahl
Coyote in the snow at Yellowstone © Nikhil Bahl
Coyote portrait © Nikhil Bahl
Coyote on the prowl © Nikhil Bahl
Coyote and magpie on carcass © Nikhil Bahl
Coyote looking back © Nikhil Bahl
Coyote and snowy landscape © Nikhil Bahl
Coyote and magpies with carcass © Nikhil Bahl
Coyote and bison © Nikhil Bahl
Coyote amongst trees © Nikhil Bahl
Castle Geyser at Yellowstone © Nikhil Bahl
Canary Springs © Nikhil Bahl
Canary Springs dead trees © Nikhil Bahl
Bobcat in snow © Nikhil Bahl
Bobcat on the move © Nikhil Bahl
Black pool hot spring © Nikhil Bahl
Bison trio © Nikhil Bahl
Bison and thermal feature © Nikhil Bahl
Bison snowscape © Nikhil Bahl
Bison in snow © Nikhil Bahl
Bison closeup in snow and wind © Nikhil Bahl
Bison walking in snow © Nikhil Bahl
Bison portrait in snow © Nikhil Bahl
Bison at Lamar Valley © Nikhil Bahl
Bighorn sheep © Nikhil Bahl
Big horn sheep, male © Nikhil Bahl
Bald eagle and ravens with carcass © Nikhil Bahl
Bald eagle, perched on branch © Nikhil Bahl
American dipper © Nikhil Bahl

Registration

To register for this trip fill out and submit your registration form. A non-refundable deposit (above) is required to reserve your spot. See the About Our Trips page for cancellation/refund policies and other important information.

Want to talk first?

Call 1-888-667-0559 or 410-239-8025, Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Eastern Time. You can also send an email to editors@naturescapes.net.

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