Dates: Sunday, June 14th- Saturday, June 20th
Presented and Guided by: Jake Kielbus Photography
Hosted by: Sweet Grass Ranch (The Crazy Mountains, Montana)
Price: $2,000.00 US Dollars
Max. Number of People: 8
Price includes: Accommodation, All Meals, 2-days of Horseback Riding, Personal Guide, Post-Processing Instruction & Tutorials.
Not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Camera Gear, Adobe Lightroom CC Subscription, Personal Laptop, Transportation to-and-from Airport (available at an additional charge.)
Come join Jake next summer during his 6-day Adventure Photography Tour in Montana. Get ready to capture MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS, AMAZING WILDLIFE, STUNNING WILDFLOWERS, BEAUTIFUL SUNRISES, MESMERIZING SUNSETS, and some of the most SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES that North America has to offer! This tour takes place during the third week of JUNE at a SECLUDED RANCH tucked away in the heart of the CRAZY MOUNTAINS, which means you will EXPERIENCE beautiful green pastures carpeted with endless fields of wildflowers and majestic snow capped mountains. As a SPECIAL WEEK, which consists of a NEW MOON, you will also bear witness to the DARKEST SKIES in all of North America! The Milky Way will be clear and visible to the naked eye as you observe SHOOTING STARS dance across the sky!
Every great picture needs to tell a story. And every great artist needs to create from their own vision. It’s important to conclude that no two photographers are alike. During this Adventure Tour and Clinic you will learn how to understand the Exposure Triangle, capture a single subject while maximizing great composition and create flow, layers, and movement from a still picture. You will learn to utilize low lighting techniques, combat “negative space”, create scale to truly bring out landscapes and depth of field, and find leading lines to create perfect composition. As a highlight we will also work on long-exposure photography at night and apply more creative principles to make your pictures stunning and worthy of a fabulous print.
This part of Montana is teeming with raw beauty. You will be hosted by Sweet Grass Ranch and have full lodging, all meals provided, and an experienced guide on the premises at all times. During the clinic you will stay in a charming house with a private room and shared bathroom, or small individual cabins. All your meals will be provided including breakfast, lunch and dinner by a staffed cook. It is a guest ranch with a variety of amenities. If you have serious dietary restrictions, please inform us when booking your reservation. Please refer to the Sweet Grass website www.sweetgrassranch.com for a great introduction to the Ranch and to view what the accomodations will look like.
Jake will be leading moderate walks from one photography location to another throughout the week. These locations will be located within 1-hour or 2.5 hours maximum from the ranch, unless there is a horseback ride planned where more distance will be covered (horseback riding is optional: please refer to itinerary below for details). For one of the more ADVENTUROUS NIGHTS, you will be transported by truck and walk with Jake 45-minutes to a beautiful secluded field filled with old classic cars and a charming barn to shoot the NIGHT SKY.
There is a certain physical fitness required for this Adventure Photography Tour. In order to photograph the most STUNNING LANDSCAPES and to have the best chance for WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS, walking up hills and off-trail will be required. Keep in nothing will be too strenuous. These great photography opportunities will result in active days of shooting during different times of the day and some late nights.
The required hiking will take place on most days. We are always trying to seek out the best lighting, especially during an hour before sunrise and an hour after sunset, which is known as the GOLDEN HOUR in the photography world. These hikes, which will involve some walking in the dark, will be on a known trails and led by Jake, who is extremely experienced and has performed these hikes numerous times.
A major component of this Photography Tour will involve instruction for post-processing of images. We will use the latest version of Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud for in-class workshops on how to transform your photos into a beautifully stunning piece of art. This introductory course to Adobe Lightroom will take place, daily, in the Main house where we will have high speed internet and an indoor screen for developing photos. It is not necessary, but highly recommended, that all participants bring with them a laptop with the latest version of Adobe Lightroom Create Cloud installed. To subscribe to this latest technology in post-processing, Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud can be purchased on the internet for only $9.99 per month! The daily workshops will involve choosing and editing a picture of your liking from the previous day and/or night time photography session. I will teach you great workflow, from start to finish. And in this course you will learn to DO IT YOURSELF and MASTER basic and intermediate post-processing techniques such as composition, lighting, color, selective details, and effects. Also, we will discuss how to properly save, organize, and polish your work for different types of printing. These daily editing workshops will last for 1 to 2.5 hours each day. You will be able to depart the Adventure Tour with skilled post-processing techniques and a much more sound photography portfolio.
*Please note that upon arrival to Sweet Grass Adventure Photography Tour the following itinerary may fluctuate and be subject to change, accordingly, based on weather conditions.
You will fly into either Bozeman Airport or Billings International Airport in Montana. You have an option to rent a vehicle, but if need be, we will provide transportation to Sweet Grass Ranch for an additional charge of $140 US dollars per person roundtrip. Your accomodations will be held at Sweet Grass Ranch upon arrival between 2-4 p.m. You will have time to relax, enjoy the beautiful pastures and capture photos of the breathtaking landscape before a short briefing of the weekly activities.
At 4:30 p.m., everyone will meet in the Dining Hall with Jake for a brief introduction. We will break down the itinerary, discuss each day in full and answer any questions you may have. We will disperse at 5:30 p.m. where you have the freedom to explore until Dinner
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. If you are out in one of the pastures, do not worry, you will hear the dinner bell being rung from the porch. This is the perfect opportunity to meet the other guests and staff who will be working with you all week to give you the most memorable experience. After drinks, dessert, socializing, and your long day of travelling you can make your way to your room for much needed sleep. The next 6 days will be filled with EPIC ADVENTURES with the camera!!!
Jake is a self-taught photographer with a love for wild places. Initially a backpacker and hiker, it was only in search of beautiful landscapes and adventure that he picked up a camera. Once he realized he could best communicate the World’s natural beauty through digital photography, he was hooked.
Always fascinated by the subtle line between perception and reality, Jake is neither a realist nor surrealist, but searches for a connection between both the physical and the spiritual nature of experience; capturing a subjects place within a larger natural order. He hopes that people will see his photography for more than the aesthetics of the photograph, but for the transcending connection his subject has with its simplistic natural environment, which he calls “A Spiritual Epiphany”.
Jake has worked for Sweet Grass Ranch for the past 8 years wrangling, guiding, and entertaining guests from all over the world with his fascinating adventure stories. During this time, he has used Sweet Grass Ranch and the Crazy Mountains as a home base to develop his passion, creativity and love for Photography. You can always find him with his camera while taking his time to seek out the next “EPIC SHOT”, as he would say. He has travelled to over 12 different countries within the past 5 years, honing his photography skills, developing his portfolio and website, selling his work to clients, and submitting his work to magazines. He is striving to own his own photography studio, so that he can live his life and report to the world through his pictures. He has a concentration on capturing remote wild places and mainly focuses on Wildlife, Landscape, and Milk Way Photography.
Some of the most impressive places he has photographed include are the Amazon Jungle, the Southern Alps, the Okavango Delta, the Namib Dessert, the Serengeti, Patagonia, and the Mountains of the Moon. Amongst all these beautiful destinations, the Crazy Mountains contend for supremacy due to its unparalleled beauty.
Rate: $2,000 US Dollars. Does not include the State of Montana accomodations tax, gratuity, or transportation fee.
Deposit: A $1,000 US Dollar deposit is required to reserve your spot when booking.
Full Payment: Required by April 1st.
Please contact Jake Kielbus at email@example.com or (203) 522-2884 for questions regarding the ADVENTURE PHOTOGRPAHY TOUR. You can view some of Jakes work on his website at www.jakephotos.net.