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The snow covered landscape of the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

February 2018, join the Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Join NaturesLens & venture across magnificent winter landscapes in Utah, the Teton Mountains & Yellowstone National Park, capturing a wide range of native wildlife on camera, including bird species, deadly predators & others, as they live side by side in throughout harsh winter months. Join us to photograph bald eagle, bison, bobcat, elk, moose, trumpeter swan & more in the dramatic scenery of Utah, the Teton mountains & Yellowstone in Winter.

We will travel between different locations so that you will witness the rich variety of wildlife that this region of North America has to offer, capturing stunning images that will benefit from the magnificent backdrops that these wintery landscapes provide. Book now for the photography experience of a lifetime!

NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional photographers to join the Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday, to experience & photograph the spectacularly diverse wildlife that Utah & Wyoming, & Yellowstone itself, have to offer during winter months.

A coyote, one of the best predators to encounter in Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

The trip begins with the exploration of the wetlands of Farmington Bay along Great Salt Lake in Utah. This stunning landscape is rich with wildlife, & winter conditions make the animals more exposed in their appearance & behaviour, which benefits wildlife photographers. For example, the colder, shorter days force owls & raptors to hunt in the daytime, giving you the chance to capture them on camera in flight & as they track their prey. Here you will also have the chance to photograph a wide range of bird species, including short-eared owls, barn owls, northern harriers, American kestrels, & rough legged hawks, amongst others.

An image of a harrier captured at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Moving on to Antelope Island, you will witness pronghorn antelope, bison, mule deer, great horned owls, coyotes & red fox which roam the area, made ever more bleak by challenging winter conditions. We will then travel out of Salt Lake City & make a 300 mile journey to Jackson Hole in Wyoming, making the most of wildlife to be spotted across the wide reaching vistas along the way. You will then have the chance to spend several days experiencing the rich wildlife that the local ecosystem has to offer.

An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

The Teton Mountains become covered in a blanket of snow throughout winter, offering a unique perspective of the landscape & providing a magical background for wildlife photography. Harsher winter climates in the Yellowstone & Teton regions attract an abundance of wildlife that complements their unparalleled scenery. Many of the species tend to be less mobile in these conditions, making them easier to spot & therefore enables photographers to capture images of superior quality.

The snow covered landscape of the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

This trip also offers you the chance to spend a day at the National Elk Refuge, which provides a winter habitat for Elks when weather often becomes too challenging for these animals. From here we will travel to Jackson Hole, at the most northerly point of Yellowstone, where we will be based for a further 5 days of the trip so that you will be able to really experience the native wildlife & winter landscapes, & add a plethora of stunning images to your photography portfolio.

A beautiful image of a coyote traversing the landscape - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Yellowstone in winter offers photographers abundant opportunities to capture magnificent images of the huge variety of free-ranging wildlife, which inhabits the park, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, river otters & eagles. This photography safari is therefore highly predator-orientated, as their camouflage is weakened due to the snow. We have chosen to include at least one day venturing to inner-Yellowstone, to photograph frozen rivers & waterfalls, as well as the amazing geysers & Old Faithful itself.

Full details of the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday may be viewed here, a 20% deposit secures your place, with the balance due late 2017.

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The black leopard that has made Nagarahole a great venue for photography in recent years typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

India’s Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

A flash of golden orange in the trees, somehow camouflaged amidst a canopy of jungle green, is the first suggestion that you are about to witness something truly special. The NaturesLens Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday marks a significant addition to any photography portfolio, with days spent in the heart of the leopard’s lair, waiting for a chance to capture on camera this most graceful, enigmatic & captivating of predators.

A leopard yawns whilst perched high in the jungle canopy of Kabini typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

We have created an itinerary which includes full board accommodation, jeep fees, park fees & airport transfers to make things as straightforward for you as possible, to ensure that you can make the most of this unique wildlife photography experience.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

A group of river otters, often spotted on the Kabini river that bisects Nagarahole typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

For an unforgettable photography experience, this seven-night trip to Kabini, India, ticks every box. See the amazing leopards of the Indian jungle, visit a beautiful bird sanctuary, & catch a glimpse of the famous Royal Bengal tiger, another large resident of Nagarhole.

A Bengal tiger phleming amongst the backwaters of Kabini typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

Our Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday is based around leopards of the Indian jungle – you will, hopefully, witness some of the cat world’s most fearsome & agile predators. What is more, you will receive all the guidance & tuition you need to capture the mesmerising form of the denizen of Kabini.

NaturesLens’ seven-night Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday takes in the lush, verdant environs of Nagarhole National Park in India, which is packed with wildlife. Your jeep will take you through the park as you spot leopard, bison, elephants, wild dogs & – perhaps – the Royal Bengal tiger. The trip also includes a visit to a local bird sanctuary.

After flying into Bangalore, you will transfer from the airport to Mysore, stopping en route at the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary for a boat safari. Here the painted stork, Asian openbill stork, common spoonbill, woolly-necked stork, black-headed ibis, lesser whistling duck, Indian shag, stork-billed kingfisher, egret, cormorant, Oriental darter, & heron breed regularly.

An elephant with a young calf, found in the backwaters of Kabini typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

In the morning, continue your journey to Nagarhole National Park, which will be your base for the next five nights.

The black leopard that has made Nagarahole a great venue for photography in recent years typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

On the last day, after the morning safari, travel back to Bangalore via Somanathapura Temple for an overnight stay. The following day, transfer to the airport for the return flight home.

Airport transfers, in trip accommodation on a full board basis, jeep fees & park fees are also included in the cost of the tour, making things simple for you so that you can focus on making the most of your wildlife photography experience.

A leopard relaxes under the cool of jungle canopy within Kabini typical of the image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday

Don’t miss out on this opportunity by booking early, as our tours offer limited places.

Bengal Tigers & Leopards of Kabini Photography Holiday Availability

5 places available

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

This list is a guide on what to take on the tour. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the items listed as it wouldn’t all fit in your luggage /camera bag anyway! Items in BOLD are classed as essentials.

Camera Equipment:

  • Digital Camera Body.
  • Spare digital camera body.
  • Telephoto lens – no shorter than 200mm, but 300mm or longer is advisable. If you have a 400, 500 or 600mm lens, bring it!
  • 1.4x Teleconverter/Extender.  If you have to buy one for this for the trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens. If the longest lens you have is 200mm, a teleconverter/extender is essential.
  • 2.0x teleconverter /extender.  Again, if you have to buy one for this trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens.
  • 70-200mm.
  • 24-105mm or another wide angle lens.
  • Sturdy tripod with a gimbal type tripod head is advised.
  • Right angled viewfinder.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare batteries.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Camera and lens dust cover.
  • Card reader.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device.

Camera & Lens Recommendations:

Cropped Sensor:

In general, a 500mm lens can prove too much. The ideal lens would be 300mm + 1.4x converter or/and 100-400mm f5.6 Canon or 200-400mm f4 Nikon, Nikon 80-400mm f5,6.

Full frame sensor: 

In general 500mm, but optimal would be 400mm plus 1.4x converter or 300mm with 1.4x and 2x converter. Very good lens for full frame would also be a 70-200mm f2.8 plus 1.4x converter.

Clothing:

  • Thin neutral coloured t-shirts & blouses.
  • Neutral coloured trousers.
  • Hat (a safari style hat with a broad rim all around the edge is best).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bandana (to protect your nose and mouth from dust).
  • Sensible shoes or boots for safari.
  • Flip flops or easy shoes for the lodge.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 5 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

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An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5249 each instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONEPAIR in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your places with 20% deposit only!

If you are a single traveller then you can still have a special offer price of £500 off, meaning that you can book a place for £5499 instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONESINGLE in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your place with 20% deposit only!

The NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter photography holiday encompasses Utah, the Tetons & Yellowstone National Park & combines crisp winter landscapes & epic scenery with rare wildlife & the promise of day after day capturing images of the wonderful North American Winter Wildlife & landscapes, what could be more perfect?

One of the famous bison of Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Explore the wetlands of Farmington Bay along the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Farmington Bay has become a must shoot location for wildlife & bird photographers. Utah’s winters are cold, forcing many raptors & owls to hunt in the daytime. This affords wildlife photographers the chance to capture images of birds like short-eared owls, barn owls, northern harriers, American kestrels, rough-legged hawks, & many others that hunt the refuge.

A bald eagle soars over the bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Besides Farmington Bay our guests will also have the opportunity to photograph at two other prime wildlife areas in northern Utah. We can travel a short distance to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake where species such as Chukars, pronghorn antelope, bison, mule deer, great horned owls, bighorn sheep, coyotes, & red fox roam the island. We may also go to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge to photograph many other migrating birds, such as Tundra Swans, & many duck & geese species.

An image of a harrier captured at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday One of the barn owls that are to be found at Farmington Bay - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday A bald eagle trio - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Leaving Salt Lake City, we spend a day travelling 300 miles to Jackson Hole in Wyoming. We will make the most of opportunities along the way for both wildlife & the wide-ranging vistas. Upon arrival in Jackson Hole, we will prepare for the next two days of exciting photography. The next day, under the careful stewardship of our guide, we will visit the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, which hosts an abundance of wildlife that compliments its unparalleled scenery. Covered with a blanket of snow, winter in the Tetons offer a completely different perspective on the area. Wildlife is much easier to locate during the winter months & tend to be less mobile, allowing for some great photographic opportunities.

An elk, encountered in the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

The following day will be spent at the National Elk Refuge, run by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The National Elk Refuge provides a winter habitat for elk. During the summer, this Jackson herd grazes in higher elevations 30% in Grand Teton National Park, 30% in Gros Ventre, 25% in Yellowstone National Park, & 15% in the Teton Wilderness. The animals typically migrate down from the high country when cold weather sets in from late October through December in search of food. Thousands of elk migrate every year, the refuge is home to 5,000 elk, but their numbers regularly reach 6,000 to 7,000 or even more.

Upon leaving Jackson Hole, we travel another 300 miles. Our destination is the northern-most end of the Yellowstone National Park, to Gardiner.

A beautiful image of a coyote traversing the landscape - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Gardiner is the base for the photography holiday for the next 6 nights. With 5 full-days of photography available to us, the intention is that clients will be able to add a plethora of winter themed photos to their portfolio.

Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the first & oldest national park in the world, covering nearly 3,500 sq. miles of northwestern Wyoming as well as parts of Idaho & Montana. An important, self-sufficient ecosystem & home to a huge variety of free-ranging wild animals – including bison, elk, wolves, moose, & bears. Tall, rugged mountains including the Gallatin, Absorka, Washburn & Beartooth Ranges rim the park’s volcanic plateau. Much of the 5 days is spent in the wider Yellowstone area, however, we have factored in one day heading into the Yellowstone Interior, for photography of the frozen rivers & waterfalls & of course, the amazing geysers & Old Faithful itself.

The snow covered landscape of the Tetons - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

Winter is an amazing visual experience in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is cloaked in white snow, turning the camouflage of summer sagebrush into a flat field of snow where every animal movement can be seen.

The Yellowstone plateau is cold, ringed by mountains that contain cold air driving down temperatures well below zero every night & some days. Animals struggle to survive & this safari is much more of a predator shoot. Wolves, coyotes, foxes, river otters, & eagles all prey on the wintering elk, bison, & bighorn.

We expect every type of weather during these days spent in Yellowstone, snow storms, wind, clouds, & even blue sky days. You can never tell from weather reports exactly what we could see. But it is this type of weather that creates amazing images & illustrates these animals fight for survival during the winter.

The cost for the Utah & Yellowstone in Winter trip, which is on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis is £5499 for the 12 days. This includes hotel accommodation, travel from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole, Gardiner & back to Salt Lake City, with all travel in between.

We also include at least one snow-coach day to the Yellowstone Interior. Not included are drinks or alcohol, items of a personal nature, international flights, and accommodation in Salt Lake City on the final night of the tour.

A pair of river otters, encountered by one of the rivers within Yellowstone - typical of the type of image to be captured on the NaturesLens Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday

We hope that you will join us in these wintery landscapes, where we will be ensconced in the chilly grip of Mother Nature, lenses trained on some of the most impressive & stunning of North American wildlife.

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Photography Holiday Itinerary

27-Jan-18 – Travel to Salt Lake City – overnight Salt Lake City
28-Jan-18 – Farmington Bay – Raptor Photography – overnight Salt Lake City
29-Jan-18 – Farmington Bay – Raptor Photography – overnight Salt Lake City
30-Jan-18 – Travel to Jackson Hole – overnight Jackson Hole
31-Jan-18 – Grand Tetons & Wildlife Photography – overnight Jackson Hole
01-Feb-18 – National Elk Refuge Photography – overnight Jackson Hole
02-Feb-18 – Travel to Gardiner – overnight Gardiner
03-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
04-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
05-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
06-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
07-Feb-18 – Yellowstone National Park Photography – overnight Gardiner
08-Feb-18 – Travel to Salt Lake City – optional overnight Salt Lake City or fly back to UK on late flight
09-Feb-18 – Travel to UK

Utah & Yellowstone in Winter Availability

4 spaces available

If you are a pair of travelling companions or a couple then you can share accommodation & book these two places for £5249 each instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONEPAIR in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your places with 20% deposit only!

If you are a single traveller then you can still have a special offer price of £500 off, meaning that you can book a place for £5499 instead of £5999! Quote YELLOWSTONESINGLE in the referral code text box to have the discount applied to your booking – you can book now & hold your place with 20% deposit only!

Recommended Equipment

This list is a guide on what to take on the tour. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the items listed as it wouldn’t all fit in your luggage /camera bag anyway! Items in BOLD are classed as essentials.

Camera Equipment:

  • Digital Camera Body.
  • Spare digital camera body.
  • Telephoto lens – no shorter than 200mm, but 300mm or longer is advisable. If you have a 400, 500 or 600mm lens, bring it!
  • 1.4x Teleconverter/Extender.  If you have to buy one for this for the trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens. If the longest lens you have is 200mm, a teleconverter/extender is essential.
  • 2.0x teleconverter /extender.  Again, if you have to buy one for this trip, please make sure you get one that works with your telephoto lens.
  • 70-200mm.
  • 24-105mm or another wide angle lens.
  • Sturdy tripod with a gimbal type tripod head is advised.
  • Right angled viewfinder.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare batteries.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Small lightweight towel for drying wet gear and handsCamera and lens waterproof cover (clear thin plastic bags also work well to protect lenses and camera from snow).
  • Card reader.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device.

Camera & Lens Recommendations:

Cropped Sensor:

In general, a 500mm lens can prove too much. The ideal lens would be 300mm + 1.4x converter or/and 100-400mm f5.6 Canon or 200-400mm f4 Nikon, Nikon 80-400mm f5,6.

Full frame sensor: 

In general 500mm, but optimal would be 400mm plus 1.4x converter or 300mm with 1.4x and 2x converter. Very good lens for full frame would also be a 70-200mm f2.8 plus 1.4x converter.

Clothing:

  • Good thermal underwear, long-johns and long sleeved thermal under-shirts
  • Warm quilted trousers, like the ones used for skiing, but not loud colors that could alarm the wildlife
  • Waterproof over-trousers 
  • A down jacket or waterproof jacket with a thick warm fleece under it
  • Snow/Thermal Boots* with a sole that is good for walking on snow and ice
  • Snow studs/spikes – nothing too elaborate. Just something to give you extra grip on icy paths
  • Thick warm socks 
  • Warm hat or hood on your jacket
  • Balaclava or snood
  • Silk gloves/Thin pair of thermal gloves, with rubber grip on the fingers and palm, or the fingers cut away, so that you can operate your camera with them on
  • A second, larger pair of over-gloves are sometimes useful, especially if your under-gloves are fingerless
  • Polar Fleeces, three or four if possible, as there are few hotels with facilities to wash your clothes
  • Thin fleeces or mid-shirts, to make adjusting to various conditions easier
  • Hand Warmers and Foot Warmers (that go inside your boots)

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 3 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Unless stated otherwise, all NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement.

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