Glacier National Park

   

A 5-Day Landscape Field Photography Workshop
Conducted by Steve Kossack

                                 -July 22 - 26, 2010-

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This workshop is a "door to door" experience!

We take care of it all! We pick you up at the airport, provide all transportation during the workshop and transport you back to the airport at the close of the workshop! All transportation to shooting locations AND your lodging is included!

All the Glacier Landmarks!

F/8 And Be There Workshops presents a 5-day workshop in the pristine wilderness that is Glacier National Park. From Thursday July 22, thru Monday July 26th we will be photographing and exploring some of the most beautiful country on earth! This is a unique opportunity to explore Glacier NP on foot and by Vehicle. We will be chasing color and light on both sides of the park from well before sun up until long after dark. This is an adventure that you'll not want to miss! One of the most sought after photography locations, in one of the most isolated parts of the country - and all under a full moon. Come join us for an unforgettable experience!

Our workshop will be based on the east side of the park. Known as the quiet side, this region of the park is also warmer and and calmer as a rule. We will have accommodations just outside the the park and experience the best that this setting has to offer! With it's breathtaking location situated near all east side shooting locations, our workshop will have the best of all worlds. We will experience rustic comfort while taking advantage of the long days.

 

Southwest photographer Steve Kossack host of the Every Picture Tells A Story DVD and series, Photographing the Great American Landscape, will lead this workshop. It’s size and design will lend itself the flexibility to travel and photograph the available light and color of this exciting area during our 5-day shoot.

This is a field landscape photography workshop. No equipment endorsements or sales pitches! Days are long at this time of year and we will be out long before sunrise until well after sunset.

Where is Glacier National Park

Glacial Lakes and wildflowers are constant
compositions in the summer months

Glacier National Park is full of soaring mountains, deep blue lakes and windswept plains. Wildflowers grow in hidden meadows, mountain goats walk among the craggy rocks, and glaciers hang in the high, brilliantly lit valleys. Some have called this the “Crown Jewel” of the National Park System. Located along the border of Canada, this park combines roughly 1,800 square miles of rugged peaks, glacially carved valleys and splendid water falls. In addition to this, it is also home to the grizzly bear, mountain goat, big horn sheep, moose, wolves and many other species of mammals.

Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada (a.k.a. Waterton - Glacier International Peace Park) is perhaps the last vestige of pristine wilderness left among the national parks in the continental U.S. Un crowded and blessed with some of the world's most beautiful scenery, its 1.4 million acres of rugged landscape was sculpted eons ago by slow moving glaciers - 50 of which are active today. Wildlife abounds and the world's most scenic highway, The Going-To-The-Sun Road, cuts a swath through grand vistas.

 

St. Mary Lake

Beautiful waterfalls

St. Mary Lake is the large lake on the eastern end of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Incredible mountain views greet the traveler to this scenic roadway. You'll see why native tribes referred to this, and Lower St. Mary Lake just outside the park, as the "Walled in Lakes."

Lake McDonald

Largest of the park's lakes, Lake McDonald is 10 miles long and just under 400 feet deep. From the foot of the lake at Apgar, the Continental Divide cuts a jagged path along the distant skyline.

Going-to-the-Sun road

The park is traversed from east to west by Going-to-the-Sun Road. A spectacular drive! The Going-to-the-Sun Road is an experience to remember. Bisecting the heart of Glacier, this 50 mile long road follows the shores of the park's two largest lakes and hugs the cliffs below the Continental Divide as it traverses Logan Pass. The construction of the Going-to-the-Sun Road was a huge undertaking. The final section of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, over Logan Pass, was completed in 1932 after 11 years of work. The road is considered an engineering feat and is a National Historic Landmark. It is one of the most scenic roads in North America! You'll not believe the photo opts here!

Glaciers

Once the mountains were in place, wind, water, and glaciers went to work on the raw landscape. Glaciers shaped and carved the land, cutting deep U-shaped valleys. Smaller tributary glaciers created hanging valleys. Today abundant waterfalls plunge these hanging valleys to lower elevations. While glaciers are no longer found in Waterton Lakes National Park, glaciers are still at work in the high country of Glacier National Park.

Wildlife

Big horn sheep, mountain goats, wapiti, (elk), black bear, and whitetail and mule deer are frequently seen. Grizzly bear, moose, wolves and mule deer also live here all year. Waterton Lakes National Park maintains an exhibit herd of bison in a paddock. Beaver, hoary marmot, river otter, marten, and pika make Waterton/Glacier their home. Locally prevalent birds include osprey, ptarmigan, golden eagle, Clark's nutcracker, and Harlequin duck. The endangered bald eagle also nests and fishes here.

 

 

Glacier ... lakes and vistas

 

Wildlife ... wildflower and ... wild places!

Who Is This Trip For?

This is a unique workshop:

  • It’s a traditional photography workshop.
  • It’s a photography workshop and also a chance to make new friends.
  • It’s for single photographers as well as couples and most importantly, people that love to f-8and be there!

The glacier lakes provide beautiful photographic opportunities

It’s for you if:

  • You like working in the field from sunrise to sunset.
  • You Want to learn about landscape location and light.
  • You want to learn about equipment and strategies used in landscape photography.
  • You like traveling with like minded people, and making images and new friends.

See past participant images

This Workshop

This workshop is small by design. We will explore as much of this magnificent national park on foot or vehicle as possible. You can do as much or a little as you like. Sunrise and sunset opportunity will be a part of each day. Our days will be spent photographing in all parts of this vast area. It will allow for ALL levels of photographic experience. There will be no lectures or product endorsements. Personal instruction will be available at all times. The opportunity to photograph with the group will always be present.

lake st mary

Lake St. Mary at dawn
Read more on the magic of a workshop in Glacier National Park.

 

Weather, Equipment, Etc.

A goat watches sunset with
our workshop

Glacier's summer weather is as varied as its landscape. The western valleys generally receive the most rainfall, but daytime temperatures can exceed 90 degrees F. It is frequently 10 to 15 degrees cooler at higher elevations, like Logan Pass. Strong winds and sunny days often predominate on the east side of the park.

Overnight lows throughout the park can drop to near 20 degrees F, and snow can fall anytime. Prepare for a variety of weather conditions and pack accordingly. You may start the day in a T- shirt and shorts, and need a sweater or parka by evening. Dress in layers. Always bring rain gear! Tips on what to bring will be provided before our workshop.

July: Average Rainfall 1.74” Avg Hi Temp 79 °F Avg Low 47 °F

You can do this trip with any format or type of gear. Digital or film and at any level of experience. A tripod is of course a must. Tips on gear will be available before the workshop.

The Schedule

You will need 5 days; 2 of them are weekend days:

Thursday July 22, 2010

Arrive Great Falls Montana by mid day. Transportation to all locations, including the return to Great Falls is provided. A sunset shoot if travel times permit.

Our workshop will begin with our arrival at our accommodations just outside the park. This comfortable location combined with some of the world's most spectacular scenery, makes this area a truly unique base camp.

Friday - Sunday

From our home base, we will travel to different points within the park to make the best opportunity of the early morning light as it breaks over the tops of the 9,500 foot peaks. Each day after our full morning of shooting usually follow by a break, we will embark on hikes to get the full experience of the natural wonders held within the park boundaries. These hikes will consist of easy gentle grades that will take us past some of the parks wonderful landscapes. We will hike each day. Most of the hikes will be of short duration with photography stops on route with some of longer duration depending on weather and trail conditions. These hikes and shoots will consume the mid portion of of our day. Most of the terrain is easy and gentle with slight elevation gain and loss. We will be hiking in the valleys and along the lakes. Trails for the most part are easy, well marked and dry in normal conditions. We will be driving to our sunrise shoots as well as our sunset locations. We will hike some spectacular trails in-between.

We will be exploring and photographing the well traveled as well as some great remote locations. The opportunity to share with the group and it's instructors will always be present. A print discussion of our group's work will be a part of our workshop as well.

In addition to this spectacular location this trip will coincide with the full moon as it breaks over the eastern horizon and sets as the sun rises. This will provide us with the opportunity to capture some unique images of this lunar event with the grand Glacier Park as our backdrop.

 

See Glacier N.P. from the heavens .. to the earth!
Monday, July 26, 2010

 

A sunrise shoot (dependant on departure times) and our return trip to the Great Falls airport.

"The Glacier Park Workshop was one of the best experiences I have had with F8 and Be There. This was my seventh workshop with you! To gain and hold repeat business speaks volumes that you are doing many things very well! The lodge you chose was both nostalgic and modern for any visitor. It represents the last frontiers of the great lodges and is within a world not ruled by electronics of our modern age. Over the past four years, I have seen my photography improve and become increasing appreciated by others. This encourages me to do more, not less. These trips are my safety value from the day-to-day challenges from my business and home life...I look forward to the next one." ... Greg Hohner

Please Remember: Our workshops are different!

Our days will begin long before sunrise and we will be out photographing this special place until well after sunset. Summer days are long and we will have adequate time for photography, food and fun. This workshop will take place regardless of weather conditions, weather is what we hope to photograph! A clothing and gear suggestion list will be available prior to our workshop.

More past workshop images

Mountain Goats are a staple of the park

 

The Cost

The cost of this trip is U.S. $2495. This includes all transportation to and from all shooting locations as well as pick up and drop off at The Great Falls Montana airport. You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to and from Great Falls. Your lodging accommodations are included. All Rooms are shared (2 participants to a room) Private rooms on a limited basis are $525 additional if available.

Although we will most likely eat our meals together, sometimes a break is nice. Therefore, you will be responsible for the cost of your own meals.

Our workshops are a "door to door" experience from arrival to departure. Bring film and /or bytes & food money and we'll take care of the rest. The workshop fee of $2495 will be required when you register. If you need to cancel, a full refund (less $200) will be available, but only if a replacement for you can be found in time.

If we have to cancel the trip for any reason you will receive a full refund.

With very limited availability, this workshop is bound to fill quickly.

Photograph the park's hidden treasures ..     as well as its icons.

Register for this workshop today!

For more info or questions please e-mail Steve Kossack or telephone us at 1-928-634-8071

 

Client Comments

"The Glacier Park Workshop was one of the best experiences I have had with F8 and Be There. This was my seventh workshop with you! To gain and hold repeat business speaks volumes that you are doing many things very well! The lodge you chose was both nostalgic and modern for any visitor. It represents the last frontiers of the great lodges and is within a world not ruled by electronics of our modern age. Over the past four years, I have seen my photography improve and become increasing appreciated by others. This encourages me to do more, not less. These trips are my safety value from the day-to-day challenges from my business and home life...I look forward to the next one." ...

Greg Hohner

"Another great adventure! (Glacier 2007) This was my second adventure with Steve and again I was thinking of the real estate motto: location, location, location. You can't put a value on getting away from it all and enjoying the great outdoors. It is difficult to describe one of Steve's trips, you just have to experience it for yourself. And I can't wait for the next one. Thanks Steve!"

Brent Mardis