Animals are in there prime in winter because their coats are full and luxurious, and the wintry environment is exquisite. Join Jim for an amazing experience in photographing the best North American wildlife in their natural environments. Our subjects will include wolves, mountain lions, bobcats, lynx, foxes, and more. In addition, we will have the very special opportunity to photograph one or two snow leopards as well as a Siberian tiger in the snow. Very exciting indeed! The animals will be fairly close to us in controlled situations, and the ideal lens is a 100-400mm or equivalent. It will be cold, and Jim will give you his technique for keeping your fingers warm while retaining dexterity in your hands to operate a camera. There will be critiques so Jim can give you his professional feedback on your photography, and he will also give you some input as to how Photoshop can be used to address any problems such as a busy background or a white sky.
Daily schedule: Upon arrival in Kalispell on January 14, Jim will give a lecture on photographing wildlife. Then, starting the morning of January 15, each day we will start shooting when the light gets bright enough in the early morning. We'll break for lunch and you'll have time to charge your batteries, download your shots from the morning, and get warm, and then we'll have an afternoon session when the sun is low in the sky. It gets dark early in winter, so our days will be relatively short yet they will be packed full of incredible photography.
The staging area is Kalispell, Montana, and the game farm we will be doing all our photography with is Triple-D.
Workshop fee: $2650. Includes four nights accommodation on a shared basis, all breakfasts, access to the animals, the animal handler, transportation from the hotel to the various locations where we photograph the animals, photo instruction and critiques.
Single supplement fee: $220
Not included: Transportation to Kalispell, Montana, all lunches and dinners, items of a personal nature.