I just returned from the Photography at the Summit Workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  I was granted a scholarship to the week-long workshop and I am honored to have had to opportunity to learn from some of the greatest photographers / editors of our time.  Among the list faculty was: Rich Clarkson, William Albert Allard, Jodi CobbMichael Forsberg, MaryAnne GolonJay MaiselTom Mangelsen, Kurt MutchlerJim RichardsonBob SmithDonald R. Winslow,  The workshop was held at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, minutes away from Grand Teton National Park.

By far the highlight of the workshop was the image critiques. Having attended photography school for the past three years, I am intimately familiar with critiques. The unique part of the critiques at the workshop was that they were led by a panel of accomplished photographers and editors rather than a single instructor and students.  The advantage of panel critiques is getting a wide range of opinions that feed off each other and ultimately get to the root of the successes and failures of our images.

During the course of the workshop we had the opportunity to go out into the field every morning and photograph the subject of our choice. Since I had never been to Wyoming, I was enthralled by the magnitude of the landscape and the wildlife. The following are some of the images I found.

The Teton Range:

While at first glance the landscape appears open and unobstructed, I quickly realized that even in a place as remote as this, the human footprint is easily seen.

A bluebird box on a fence at the edge of the Elk Refuge. Without the fence the elk will wander on to the highway and get hit.

Turning around from the elk fence, I was astonished by the number of vehicles traveling about as the evening fell upon the Tetons.

One of the local watering holes.

On the cusp of winter.

Wyoming’s version of a gardener.

I have always been intrigued by dams. I think it is sad that our rivers, which have shaped our country’s landscape and are critical in the ecological chain, are prohibited from running free and wild. Jackson Lake Dam.

Behind the dam.

Jackson Lake and Clouds.

Portrait of Moose.

Inspired by Jay Maisel, the following three images are what I saw while hiking through the tributaries of a creek in order to get the previous shot of the moose.

Falling Snow.

American Bison during the first snow fall of the year.

This morning was my most memorable of the week. I sat with these Bison for several hours and during the course of the time I had the opportunity to observe the behavior of the iconic creatures. Below is a standoff between two bulls.  Keep posted for some video of the event.

American Bison in its element.

American Bison out of its element.

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