June 9-15, 2016
7 days/6 nights Cost: $1895 / Deposit: $500
Limited to 6-7 participants • Leaves from Jackson, Wyoming
Late spring and early summer in Grand Teton National Park in Northwest Wyoming is a time of great beauty. The always picturesque Teton Range if further enhanced but a incredible display of wildflowers to give your images that extra pop. The meadows and mountainsides should be covered with blooms of arrowleaf balsam root which should be at their peak, along with paintbrush, lupine, larkspur and many other colorful flowers. Dramatic landscapes along with a great diversity of wildlife and birds will the the emphasis of this instructional photo tour. Wildlife that can possibly be seen and photographed include grizzly bears, black bears, moose, elk, mule deer, badgers, bison, pronghorn antelope, ground squirrels, river otters, coyote and more. We’ll be sure to cover all the iconic Grand Teton photo locations as well as do a little exploring to try to find our own classic images. There will be an equal emphasis on wildlife and landscape photography on this exciting photo tour.
DAY 1: June 9: Arrive in Jackson Wyoming. Welcome dinner at 5pm followed by our first evening drive into Grand Teton National Park.
DAYS 2-6: June 10-14th: We’ll depart each morning before sunrise which will be around 5:30 am in June, to be on location to capture the best early morning light. Most days, depending on weather, we’ll take a break during the mid-day when the shooting light is harsh. We’ll have lunch and the allow you some time to rest or catch up on your downloading and editing. The long days at this time of the year can wear you out so the break will keep you feeling fresh during the week. After a late afternoon dinner we’ll again head into the park for the evening shoot. We’ll be out till after sunset which in June is about 9:30pm
DAY 7: June 15th: One final drive into the park this morning. We’ll be back to the hotel by 10am to check out or our rooms and prepare for our return home . I’ll deliver everyone to the Jackson Airport by noon for your departures back
WHAT TO BRING:
Equipment: We recommend a minimum of 400mm telephoto lens for this tour in addition to a variety of wide angle lenses or wide angle to normal zooms and a mid range zoom lens. A good selection may include a 16-35mm or 24-70mm a 70-200mm and a 400-600mm. A long zoom such as a 200-400m, 80-400, or 100-400mm would work also. A dedicated macro lens in the 100mm to 200mm range or an attachment to get your existing lens to focus closer may come in handy. Digital shooters will want to bring along a couple of flash cards and a means to download images when cards get full. We always suggest you bring along 2 camera bodies if possible in case of equipment failure. A tripod and a good ballhead or gimbal head is strongly encouraged.
Clothing: Clothing should be comfortable and adequately cover a full range of weather conditions and temperatures. Expect everything from warm and sunny temperatures into the 70’s or even the 80’s to very cool and rainy; possibly snow especially in some of the higher elevations we will be working. In the mornings temperatures will likely be in the 30’s so we recommend layering clothing and even a light pair of gloves would be advised. A ball cap and a warmer hat should be included in your packing. A sturdy yet light weight, comfortable and maybe waterproof hiking boot is suggested.
Tour Prices Include:
- Transportation from and to Jackson at the start and end of the trip via group shuttle
- Welcome dinner and snacks/water throughout tour
- Photo Instruction and image critiques (if desired) by D. Robert
- Guides and Drivers
- Taxes on all services
Tour Prices DO NOT Include:
- Airfare to/from Jackson
- Lodging in Jackson before/after the tour
- Transportation to the park from Jackson if you miss the shuttle
- Gratuity for Guides and Drivers
- Dinners, except for welcome dinner on first night
- Alcoholic beverages
Franzfoto Tours comply with current Yellowstone National Park regulations. Franzfoto is an authorized Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park Photo Tour permit holder.
About your Tour Leader
D. Robert Franz have been full time professional wildlife photographer for the past twenty five years. With formal training and university degrees in wildlife management, geology and earth science, Robert has an extensive knowledge of the natural world. His nature and wildlife photography has been extensively published (over ten thousand published images including hundreds of front covers) worldwide with images featured in, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife, Sierra Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Defenders Magazine, National Geographic, Das Tier Magazine, Sports Afield, Field and Stream, and many more. Their photographic prints have hung in the Smithsonian and the United States Congress. They are also accomplished assignment photographers specializing in nature and environmental issues. Clients have included Adolph Coors, Wildlife Conservation Society, Field and Stream Magazine, The Trust for Public Lands, Via Magazine, Greater Yellowstone Coalition and others. Their photography is represented by a number of the worlds leading stock photo agencies such as Corbis, Getty Images, Alamy, Windigo Images, Okapia and Index Stock Imagery.
Robert has won many awards for his nature photography over the years. In 1989 Robert won the Colorado Outdoors Magazine Nature Photography Contest. In 1993 he won the Wyoming Wildlife Magazines Nature Photography Contest. Also in 1993 Robert and Lorri won an award for a published calendar image from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History. In 2001 and 2004 Robert had winning images the prestigious Nature’s Best photography contest. In 2003 Robert won Image of the Year for Nature Photographers.net. In 2006, 2008 and again in 2010 Robert finished 2nd in the Images for Conservation Pro Tour of Nature Photography contest held in different locations in Texas. This is the world’s most challenging nature photo contest. In 2007 Digital Photography Magazine proclaimed Robert as one the worlds best wildlife photographers.
Robert has been leading photo tours since 1989 and now conducts high energy nature & wildlife photo tours through Franzfoto Instructional Tours. In the past Robert lead tours for Wildlife Images Photo Tours, Voyagers, Natural Habitat Adventures & Close Up Expeditions. Robert, his wife Lorri and their Great Dane Shelby live in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem near Cody Wyoming.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
GROUP MINIMUM: Occasionally, we are able to run a tour below our group minimum which is usually 4. In such instances it may be necessary to apply a small group supplement fee in which case you would be contacted regarding such a situation but you would not be obligated to accept the new terms.
RESERVATIONS: Your $350 deposit is required to secure your place on any tour, with the balance due 60 days prior to the departure date. Deposits are fully refundable if cancellation is received at least 120 days prior to the departure date. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will mail you our acknowledgment and tour reservation form. Details of hotels, flight arrival recommendations, and other trip tips will be mailed when the tour is full.
MEALS: Some meals and refreshments are included depending on the trip details, but not alcoholic beverages.
ADMISSIONS: Access to public buildings and national parks etc. is not included in the land price.
CANCELLATION P0LICY: Due to the high number of cancellations we’ve received in the past several years a new refund policy has been implemented.
Cancellations more than 120 days ahead of the tour are refunded minus a $50 handling charge.
Cancellations between 60-120 days ahead of the tour will be refunded if the spot can be filled.
Cancellations less than 60 days ahead of the tour are non-refundable.
Franzfoto Tours strongly suggest that tour participants invest in trip cancellation insurance.
CANCELED EXPEDITIONS: In the event of insufficient tour sign‐ups, Franzfoto Tours reserves the right to cancel any given tour. In that event 100% of moneys received will be returned. However, Franzfoto Tours is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
LUGGAGE: Franzfoto Tours requests that tour participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag, and tripod. We do not wish to be dictatorial in this matter, but asks that group members bear in mind space and comfort in our vehicles. All personal luggage is the responsibility of the owner.
SMOKERS: Smoking is not permitted at meals or in vehicles. It may be permitted at photo stops where local ordinances permit, photography and photographers are not affected.
RESPONSIBILITY: Franzfoto Tours and its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, and as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause. Franzfoto Tours reserves the right to substitute hotels, and other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience. Franzfoto Tours reserves the right to pass on to tour members any additional and unplanned expenditure incurred during a tour, via events beyond Franzfoto Tours control. The right is reserved to accept or decline any person as a member of any tour. Payment of tour fees by trip participants constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
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