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Moon over Grand Tetons at surnise
Full Moon over the Grand Tetons at sunrise
Lupine bloom, Jackson Lake, Grand Tetons, reflection, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Lupine, Jackson Lake, Grand Tetons, Reflection

Escape from the routine and indulge your passion for photography in a "The Hole Picture" photo tour and discover the spirit of place and the magic of light of our destinations. Refine your personal style, hone your technical skills by treating yourself to an experience where you are welcomed by others who are just as passionate about chasing light as yourself.

The Hole Picture Photo Tours offer exciting adventures led by Greater Yellowstone wildlife and landscape photographer, Daryl L. Hunter who polished his skills chasing grizzlies and mountain light in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park.

Travel workshops are equal part vacation and education, whether conducted in the mountains of the Greater Yellowstone or the valleys of Zion of Yosemite, or even Africa, a great learning adventure will be had.

Half-day day and full day private tour/workshop adventures are offered year around in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone, These are recommend as a jump start for your extended Grand Teton and Yellowstone shooting vacation. A  day with Daryl at the front end of your trip will make the rest of your trip much more productive. Yellowstone's abundant and diverse wildlife are as famous as its geysers. After the reintroduction of the wolf, all of the wildlife species that inhabited the park when it was first explored over 100 years ago survive today qualifying Yellowstone as the only intact ecosystem in the lower 48 states..

Grizzly bear and cubs, Grand Teton National Park

The tours includes a conversation about composition; post processing with Lightroom, and Photoshop. Photo adventures are designed for the photographer who seeks beautiful locations for great landscapes and or wildlife and how to achieve best results while doing so.

Most shooting is reasonably close to the roadways, but on destination tours away from "The Hole Picture Safari's" base around Yellowstone, you should be fit enough to do at least a 3-mile round trip hike with a certain amount of elevation gain expected on many of the tours. Any private tour can be catered to your needs.

Photo tour cancellation policy - full refund if at least 30 days advance notice is given for day tours, destinatin tour cancelation policy will be posted with the tour.. If the workshop has less than 3 sign ups, The Hole Picture Photo Tours reserves the right to cancel the workshop 30 days in advance with a full refund given.

The Hole Picture Photo Safaris will provide you with the quality education you desire and an experience you will remember until you are stuck on the rocking chair on your porch.  

 

Instructive articles and funny stories from Daryl's Blog

I am sometimes hired to speak about photography, here I have modified my Power Point presentation for the web.  I show how I shoot, wildlife, landscape, lifestyle and travel.  I present in a simple way, photographic basics such as composition and exposure. Simple graphics drive the lesson home.

In my years of giving half-day wildlife safari and photo tours I have learned to convey essential basic photography skills in a very short amount of time.  I have boiled process down to simplicity, and many appreciate it. Too many instructors try to impress their students with their immense breadth of knowledge, I simply want folks to understand how simple photography can be. ---- See Presentation

Daryl L. Hunter - Photography according to me, photography basics
Bighorn Sheep Ram, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
A bighorn ram graces the landscape during heavy snowstorm as he checks out silly people standing in the storm without and fur.

• Winter Photography in Jackson Hole ~ A  frosty sublime; winter in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton Park is a special time. The snow showed valleys, and towering peaks create an ambiance much different from summer. Gone are the crowds of summer, buried are the remnants of wildflowers, gone are the leaves of the deciduous trees, replaces by a carpet of snow and an exponential essence of wilderness. Crisp delicious air fills your lungs as you fumble with gloved hands to adjust your equipment to capture a frozen moment of alpenglow of the mountains reflecting brightly against the snowy white canvas of the peaks...... rest of article

• Living a richer life without any money ~ Since purchasing my first camera, I have been living a visual feast that has cost me a real estate career in a lucrative Southern California market. My scenery seemed to always be just over the next hill somewhere; cityscapes just were not my kind of inspiration. I soon tired of local beach sunsets and disturbingly enough; the sun bathing beauties scattered about. It wasn't long before I was traveling farther a field................ rest of article

Photographic Composition ~ One of the things that differentiate a great photograph from an ordinary one is composition. You don't take a great photograph you make it. Composition is how objects or subjects are placed in the shot. Good pictures result from careful attention the basic elements of composition   .........  rest of article

• Quick Start Guide for Manual Mode Photography ~ One of the many hats I wear to keep my life afloat is that of Wildlife Safari Guide in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. Most tours are not photography tours however, everyone brings a camera. Me as a pro photographer and instructor I often teach those willing to listen while we travel between moose, pronghorn and hopefully bears. I have worked out a simple way to communicate intuitive shooting for manual mode I share with my guests. Yes it is abbreviated, yes it is over-simplified, and yes it works. Quick Start Guide for Manual Mode Photography ~ Shooting on the manual mode setting isn't as hard as most people think because they haven't given it any thought. Today's DSLRs have opened the door to shortcuts, I love shortcuts!....................  rest of article

Bear spray really works
Bear spray really works

Bear Spray Really Works • One fine spring afternoon while searching for grizzly bears in Grand Teton National Park, I spotted two grizzlies in a meadow west of the highway. Unfortunately, they were about two hundred yards away, too far for good grizzly pictures so I decided to close the gap a bit.  ...................   rest of story

• Photographic Exposure Basics ~ One of the most important aspects of being able to communicate the essese of our vision through a photograph is the proper use of light. While there are certainly many other aspects of great photography, if the light is wrong, nothing else will work! Nature photographers often speak about seeking out certain light conditions or only shooting in specific types of light. Light has a triple nature for the photographer to factor: color, direction, and quality. Photography is capturing light which is exposure.    .............. rest of article

Hungry Wolves ~ On the tree line ahead I saw a cow elk peacefully grazing across the meadow of sagebrush about one hundred yards away, and I kept watching her as I poked along. Prey animals will tell you by their behavior if predators are near then suddenly she broke into a run for her life. Without seeing them but knowing the wolves were chasing her because of her panic I threw my car into park, jumped out and sat in the sagebrush for a low perspective so I could include the snow capped mountains in the photo and fired toward the action. ...................  rest of story

Search for Serendipity, the photographer's quest ~ Luck favors the prepared mind, as does serendipity. Webster's definition-Serendipity – an apparent aptitude for making fortunate discoveries accidentally. Audacious, is the photographer who chooses to make his living stalking serendipity from one location to another then back again hoping to capture light as it has never been captured before or tougher yet as they may have captured it in the past. But that is what we nature photographers do, and that is what we live for. ...........  rest of article

Three hungry wolves, Grand Teton Natonal Park
What's for breakfast?

Wolf Chase ~ About three quarters around my loop I stopped to photograph a six point bull looking for the ladies and while photographing him a black wolf walked into the frame, stopped, posed then moved out of the frame. How fortuitous, I love it when serendipity smiles upon me! ............. rest of story

Yellowstone Dinner Party – wolves and grizzly bears ~ video ~ A  series of events that doesn't happen that did.  I captured this incredible footage while leading a private tour in Yellowstone. ............ see video

A Cheechaco's Alaska ~ a retrospective ~ A funny retrospective about my first year in Alaska, and my transormation from California kid to dog sled racing Alaskan.  Has nothing to do with photography but a good read published in Mushing Magazine. ............. the story

My Free Horse ~ I am a man of ever changing interests and around 2004 I was transitioning from fly-fishing maniac back to cowboy imposter, horses and trail riding. I had been dwelling around the river valleys and canyon streams chasing trout long enough, it was time to re-acquaint myself with the unpredictable adrenaline rush horses often provide while expediting my exponentially ample ass up the mountain trails to the sublime subalpine regions of our high mountains, a place I am reluctant to propel myself under my own power. I started collecting some horses for the kids and myself. ...................  rest of story

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