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Yellowstone Photography Workshop

with Outdoor Photographer contributing editor Jim Clark

Photography Workshop

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Learn imaging techniques from professional Jim Clark

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Lamar Valley Rainbow by Jim Clark

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THE WILD SIDE's Nathan Varley & Linda Thurston welcome award-winning nature photographer and author Jim Clark for another Yellowstone photography workshop. Jim, a professional photography instructor for over 30 years, brings his expertise to this intensive, indoor/outdoor nature photography workshop.


Sunset by Jim ClarkJim Clark's teaching credentials include serving as workshop leader for nature photography workshops around the country, including programs for the Great American Photography Weekend, Horizons Workshops, and NANPA.


Currently a contributing editor for Outdoor Photographer magazine and past president of the North American Nature Photography Association, Jim has published images and articles in numerous nature and outdoor photography magazines, as well as authoring five books of his photography and writing.


Fireweed Bloom by Jim ClarkTHE TIMING IS PERFECT

August is a magical time to visit Yellowstone. The hills are gold and lush, the valleys abound with wildlife, and the weather is usually warm and dry.



Workshop participants will work on images that include breath-taking valley and mountain scenery, and landscapes full of abundant wildlife.  Species may include bison, elk, black bear, grizzly bear, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and a variety of colorful raptors, songbirds, cranes tending to their chicks.  Many mountain wildflowers are also at the peak of bloom in mid-August.

The Workshop Includes:

Spanning 4 days, the workshop includes photography instruction and guiding in the park, transportation in our storied "adventure bus" with room for tripods and plenty of gear, indoor lectures and demonstrations, park entrance fees, picnic-style meals in the field (breakfastX3, lunchX3), and a small group size for individual attention.

A Schedule with Variety:

Harlequin Ducks by Nathan VarleyDay 1 — Rendezvous with Linda, Nathan, and Jim at The Track Education Center in Gardiner, Montana at 1 PM. After introductions, we will go over the workshop schedule and expectations followed by an introduction lecture and photo editing session with Jim Clark.  Dinner in Gardiner will be on your own followed by an evening sunset session in Yellowstone.

The Herds of Lamar Valley by Jim ClarkDay 2 — We will begin with an early morning departure to capture images of the sunrise on Yellowstone's famous grasslands of the Northern Range. Breakfast and great coffee will be served on-the-go to maximize our opportunities early. We will search for wildlife en route to our initial destination, the famous Lamar Valley.  In Lamar, abundant wildlife makes for great Palette Springs at Mammoth Hot Springs by Nathan Varley wildlife landscapes.  Lamar is renowned for sprawling grasslands framed with stunning mountains where resident wildlife have given rise to comparisons with Africa’s famous Serengeti plains. Possibly, too, we will  glimpse the rare grizzly bear and gray wolf, though images of these elusive carnivores are not easily captured. We will return late afternoon to the Track Education Center followed by indoor class time with Jim. After dinner on your own in Mammoth or Gardiner, we go to Mammoth Hot Springs where grand travertine terraces are teeming with vibrant colors and intricate textures.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Jim ClarkDay 3 — Another early morning excursion will take us to a photograph the sunrise in the high valleys of Blacktail Plateau, followed by an encore trip to Lamar Valley for more possible wildlife opportunities.  An excursion over the mountainous Dunraven Pass takes us to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone where tremendous views of the rich, colorful canyon are graced by the enormous 308 foot waterfalls. Lunch will be on-the-go as we work our way around the northern loop of Yellowstone, arriving back in Gardiner in the late afternoon.  An evening sunset outing takes place after dinner on your own.

Day 4 — Our final early morning departure will take us through the western portions of the park for wildlife opportunities and thermal features. Thermal Springs Alive with Colorful Thermophiles by Jim Clark Stops along the way will ensure that a large variety of hot springs and mud pots will be photographed. These features have given Yellowstone its fame and continue to inspire visitors viewing these primordial landscapes. Again, breakfast and lunch provided on-the-go to maximize field time. The workshop concludes after arrival back in Gardiner.  NOTE: Best-laid plans are always subject to change pending weather, wildlife sighting opportunities, and/or any unforeseen circumstances. Please bear with us and remain flexible to better enjoy this experience. If you have any questions concerning the tentative itinerary, do not hesitate to contact us!


Summary & Enrollment:

Spanning  4 days, the workshop includes instruction and guiding, transportation in our storied "adventure bus" with room for gear, indoor lectures, park fees, picnic-style meals in the field, and a small group.  Does not include lodging, dinners, transportation to/from Gardiner, Montana, the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Bull Elk Hides in the Forest by Nathan VarleyYour 3 Guides:  Contributing Editor for Outdoor Photography magazine, instructor Jim Clark; Local wildlife biologists Nathan Varley and Linda Thurston of The Wild Side, LLC; who have guided outings in Yellowstone  for over 10 Osprey by Nathan Varley years.  Operating authority with YNP photography outfitter, A Naturalist’s World, LTD.


Group size:  5 to 12 guests.