Yellowstone National Park has long been a photographer’s paradise. Now, in partnership with the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, announces three week-long photography workshops to nearby Yellowstone National Park in 2014. Led by three renowned photographers, the workshops instruct participants in techniques to capture the Park’s incredible landscapes, wildlife, and thermal features through photography.
Beginning May 12 – 18, 2014, National Geographic photographer Raymond Gehman leads a “Spring into Yellowstone” photography workshop in conjunction with Cody, Wyoming’s, annual festival celebrating the May opening of the east entrance to the park for the season. Author of the book “National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country,” Gehman helps participants see the well-known highlights of Yellowstone with fresh eyes and new artistic vision. This workshop focuses on both landscapes and wildlife.
The “Spring into Yellowstone” workshop includes four nights lodging and dining at the historic Old Faithful Inn. In addition to three full days of photographing in the park, the workshop concludes with attendance at the Cody Nite Rodeo. The trip begins and ends with a night of lodging and dinner at Cody’s Ivy Inn and Suites.
For “Yellowstone with Vincent Versace,” June 20 – 26, 2014, participants in the workshop divide their time between the wildlife and other features of Yellowstone and the Center of the West’s Plains Indian Museum Powwow, with its unparalleled photographic opportunities to capture color and movement. Versace includes discussions about post-processing considerations as well as framing and composition, and tailors the workshop to the interests of those in attendance.
Versace, a Smithsonian Laureate, is an award-winning photographer as well as a photography and Adobe Photoshop software instructor. The workshop includes four nights stay at the Ivy Inn and Suites and two nights at Pahaska Tepee Resort, Buffalo Bill’s hunting lodge, just outside Yellowstone National Park’s East Gate.
Finally, as fall makes an appearance in the area September 14 – 20, 2014, Lewis Kemper, a thirty-year veteran of photographing Yellowstone National Park in all seasons, leads the last workshop, “Autumn in Yellowstone with Lewis Kemper.” Highlights of this workshop include photographing the wildlife, landscapes, thermal features, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in the park.
Kemper authored “The Yellowstone Photographer’s Handbook” and conducts tours and programs for the Sierra Photographic Centre and Canon USA. His work has been published internationally, and his monograph “Capturing the Light” won the People’s Choice Award in Fine Art in the 2009 “Photography Book Now” competition. Workshop participants spend two nights at the Ivy Inn and Suites, three at Yellowstone’s Lake Hotel, and one at Old Faithful Lodge.
For more information on each of the Yellowstone workshops, biographies of the photographers, specific pricing, and registration information, visit the workshops website. Space is limited for the workshops, so those interested are encouraged to register early at that site. Explore other educational opportunities at the Center of the West’s website.
Since 1917, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West, keeping western experiences alive. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms, and the nature and science of Yellowstone—into the rich panorama that is the American West. The Center of the West has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious 2012 National Tour Association’s Award for “favorite museum for groups,” the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and, most recently, one of the “Top 10 Must See Western Museums” by True West magazine.
Through February 28, the Center is open Thursday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Beginning March 1, the Center is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, visit centerofthewest.org or check out the Center’s page on Facebook.
IMAGES: Old Faithful geyser (left) and Grand Prismatic Spring (right) in Yellowstone National Park. Photos by Raymond Gehman.
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