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Grand Teton Photography Tours

Posted On
Oct 16, 2015
Grand Tetons


The grandeur of Grand Teton Park has made it one of the most photographed places in the world. The opportunity to harness multiple juxtapositional elements has drawn photographers for over a century since William Henry Jackson took the first photos here in 1878. The contrast of the sagebrush valley that morphs with altitude to the conifer forest then to the sub alpine terrain that accents the granite spires that tower over the Snake River’s Valley.

Grand Tetons’ embarrassment of riches of beautiful mountain peaks, surrounded by pristine lakes and wide-open spaces makes it an excellent choice to capture the perfect alpine images. The riches don’t stop there; Relic western architecture and picturesque working ranches often complement the natural landscape of Jackson Hole.

Grand Teton National Park is also considered the best national park to photograph wildlife. Critters of all sorts are abundant throughout the park. You will likely see American bison (buffalo), moose, and elk during all seasons. During the warmer months, swans, white pelicans are abundant. Osprey, owls, eagles, wolves, and pronghorn may also may be spotted. Grizzly Bears are a real treat when they show up and that has been happening more often in the last several years. The best chances for grizzlies are in April, May and June.

The most spectacular photographs in Grand Teton National Park are often taken from a half hour before sunrise to two hours after sunrise, “the magic hour”. In winter the sweet light lasts significantly longer because of the low angle of the sun. Afternoons can bring dramatic clouds, and some excellent backlit mountainscapes are possible in the evening. That is why our half-day tour starts in the early AM, as we want to be set up and ready to shoot at a half hour before sunrise so we can capture both the pre-dawn light (alpenglow) as well the whole sunrise.  We then proceed to capture as many of Grand Tetons iconic vistas as possible, all the while watching for wildlife opportunities. My extensive network of wildlife photographers and safari guides alert me of wildlife sightings.

During the course of the morning we will review your skill level, and I will recommend improvements for your photographic workflow based upon your learning goals. I don’t offer evening half-day trips because they aren’t as fruitful, but during the course of the morning I will explain how to make good use of your evenings.

Those opting for multiday tours will have the tours tailored to their wants and needs. Each morning will start at a new vista for the morning light except for those who prioritize wildlife over landscape. Yellowstone tours can be added on, an equally spectacular place.

The half-day tours end when we have exhausted the morning light or when the animals have gone to bed.

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