June 25th - July 1st, 2023
Feel the imposing presence of majestic mountains, photograph lakes and cascades swollen with melt water. Pause in a meadow and enjoy the wildflowers of this special place. Glacier National Park is a landscape photographer's paradise.
FOCUS: Photograph lower elevation, early summer scenes against a back drop of dramatic mountains.
ADDITIONAL: Photograph lakes and streams of the park and wildflowers when they are present. Photograph wildlife, if appropriate opportunities arise.
The workshop starts on Sunday, June 25th, 2023 at 6:15 pm. We meet outside, in front of the hotel office (Apgar Village Lodge and Cabins). After introductions and a discussion we go to our first shooting location.
LODGING LOCATION: Apgar Village Lodge and Cabins, Glacier Nat'l Park (west side). 844-868-7474
Nearby alternate lodging: West Glacier Motel. 844-868-7474
Check-in Sunday, June 25, 2023; Check-out Monday, June 26, 2023.
Many Glacier Hotel or the nearby Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. 855-733-4522 or 303-265-7010
Check-in Monday, June 26, 2023; Check-out Wednesday, June 28, 2023.
East Glacier Lodge, 499 MT-49, East Glacier; 844-868-7474. Note: 3 floors, no elevator.
Check-in Wednesday, June 28, 2023; Check-out Thursday, June 29, 2023.
Rising Sun Motor Inn, 855-733-4522 or 303-265-7010
Check-in Thursday, June 29, 2023; Check-out Saturday, July 1, 2023.
Workshop ends after shooting sunset on Friday, June 30, 2023.
Except for the evening of June 28th, 2023 (in East Glacier), all of the lodging mentioned above is located inside the park boundaries surrounded by spectacular scenery. The rustic rooms are clean and tidy, but do not have telephones, TVs or internet access.
Lodging in the park is very popular and starts to fill one year in advance. Participants should arrange their lodging using the information above as soon as possible.
We have several rooms reserved in most locations. If you're having difficulty securing reservations, please contact us For details.
MORNING: We'll be at a photography location for the start of civil twilight and we'll stay at that location through sunrise. Sometimes we relocate to another photo location before going to a late breakfast.
MIDDAY: Typically, when not relocating, we will hike to a photo location or provide post processing assistance.
EVENING: Dinner in a restaurant is scheduled each day. After dinner activities may inclued one or more of the following: Location preview for the next morning, pre sunset photography, sunset photography.
NOTE: When on the east side of the park we believe photographing sunset (approximately 9:42 pm) should be viewed as optional. Why? We are very close to the mountains, the sun will disappear behind them well in advance of actual sunset. Dramatic sunsets from the east side are unpredictable and infrequent as they require clouds to liven the back lit mountains. Due to the length of this workshop and the very short nights we recommend some participants, those who are tired or require more sleep, consider skipping sunset unless there are clouds with good potential.
POST PROCESSING: Because we stay at four different hotels and relocate during the midday, there is limited time available for processing assistance.
REGISTRATION / DEPOSIT $300 USD
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EXPERIENCE: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
GROUP SIZE: Target number of participants is 8.
EFFORT: Fair to heavy depending upon one's condition. Some photography locations will be just beyond the parking lot while others will require trail hiking. Our longer trails range between 2 and 3 miles each way, but none have significant elevation gain.
Be prepared for changes in weather. Mornings can be very chilly.
ELEVATION: The elevation range of our shooting locations is 3,250 to 7,500 ft. Proper hydration is a must at higher elevations.
AIR TRAVEL: Most people flying to this workshop will find flying into Kalispell, MT to be the best choice. Additional options include Spokane, WA, Great Falls, Helena, Butte or Billings MT.
Driving time from Spokane, WA is about 5 hours. Be aware that the road through Glacier National Park (Going-To-The-Sun Road) is slow and may suffer closures. Provide ample time to return to airport. During the workshop we move east further away from Kalispell.
DRIVING CONDITIONS: Driving conditions will consist of mainly paved roads. When possible we prefer that participants car pool with each other to help limit our impact and get to know one another. A standard rental car will be sufficient.
Photo locations are spread out in this large national park so we relocate hotels to keep driving to a minimum.
RECOMMENDATIONS: MORE WORKSHOP INFORMATION
FOR GLACIER NATIONAL PARK: A lens range from at least 18mm to 200mm after the lens multiplication factor is recommended for landscape photography. 300mm or longer for wildlife.
PEPPER SPRAY: This is grizzly country, participants may carry spray if it makes them feel comfortable, one may not be able to fly with this.
Sandals or Teva style shoes for wading in water at one location.