PSA Yellowstone Tour 2009 Update 07/20/09


Three Light-Chasers Yellowstone tours led by Gary W. Stanley

September 16-19, 20-23, and 24-27


The Photographic Society of America (PSA) has asked me to do three four-day photographic tours into Yellowstone National Park. 


Time is running out, so I hope most of you have already registered for the PSA conference, and that you have found hotel rooms.  There are still some rooms left according to Gerald Emmerich.  If you wait any longer to decide, and do not have a room it may be to late!


About our Yellowstone Tour:  Yellowstone is one of the most beautiful and unique places on earth.  There is an abundance of wildlife.  Yellowstone is probably one of the best places to photograph wildlife.  There are elk, buffalo, coyote, and pronghorn antelope.  Wolves, bears and bald eagle are also seen quite frequently.


Each day we will head out before sunrise (Sunrise is 7:10am Sunset 7:30pm).

We will no doubt check and see what is going on along the Madison River.  This has been a great location for big elk, buffalo, eagles and swans. 


From there we will spend time in the Upper and Lower Geyser regions and Black Sand Basin near Old Faithful Lodge.  Well will be spending time in the Haden Valley and Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Fishing Bridge, and West Thumb Region.  We will also cover the Norris Geyser area, Mount Washburn, and the Lamar Valley region (wolf and bear country).  Right now there is some question about doing Mammoth Hot Springs as there is a bridge closure between Norris and Mammoth requiring everyone to go clear around to Tower in order to go there, but we’ll see!


Those of you who have been on my tours know that we try to remain flexible with our schedule to take advantage of the weather, and the best shooting and lighting conditions. This is an amazing place so be prepared.  I have done many tours here and have never been disappointed.


Once you have sent in your deposit and registered we will send out more information on what to bring, what to expect, equipment/clothing suggestions etc.

I am limiting the number of participants in each tour to six for that very personal experience.  We will go in separate cars (two should do it).  I will provide Walkie -Talkies for the vehicles that follow.  All participants will be responsible for getting to the conference or hotel, and home again.  PSA also has a list of shuttle services from the surrounding airports, so check that out as well.  Normally I have no problem picking folks up at Jackson Hole WY. But because these tours are back– to –back, that just isn’t possible.  Participants will be responsible for all hotel and meal costs while out on the road.   


The Fee for my Light-Chasers tour is only $200. per day or $700 total per person for all four days.  Folks signing up for all four days receive preference over those who sign up for a single day.

Note* Each tour (16-19, 20-23, and 24-27) will be run by me and is totally separate from the PSA conference.  All payments for the tour will also be made to me either by check or by PayPal on the Light-Chaser website.  A deposit of $300 will be needed to secure your spot, with the balance due no later than August 15th.


You can mail your deposit to:

Gary Stanley

60A Tide Mill Cove Rd.

Harpswell, Maine 04079


Note: We will make every effort to be back to the conference for the evening feature programs.  We will also try to be back for some of the midday programs as well.  I have a Saturday afternoon lecture at 2:00pm-3:00pm, after which we will head out for our evening shoot. 


For more information please email me at or

call 207-710-0353. 


The 2009 Photographic Society of America (PSA) Conference is scheduled for September 20-26, 2009 at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in West Yellowstone, Montana.  The PSA guest room blocks at the Holiday Inn, Yellowstone Lodge, Clubhouse Inn, and Days Inn are almost completely booked for the conference week.


This will be one of PSA’s largest and most impressive conferences (Sept 20-26) in many years. Guest speakers will include; Art Wolfe, George Lepp, John and Barb Gerlach, Julieanne Kost, and myself.  PSA has re-worked their typical schedule to allow time to photograph in the park. While there will be bus and shuttle transportation into the park, my tours will be a full-blown photo tour with a total emphasis on photography.

Note* You do not have to be a PSA member to attend the conference, but you must register for the conference to attend the tour.


Hotel Reservations in West Yellowstone

Room blocks at special PSA Conference rates are now available at the following:

Yellowstone Lodge - $93. PSA Rate

(2 Blocks from Holiday Inn) - Call 877 239-9298

Best Western Crossroads  - $99. PSA Rate

(2 Blocks north of Holiday Inn)  Call 406 646-7376

Best Western Desert Inn  $119. PSA Rate

(4 blocks east of Holiday Inn)  Call 406 646-7376

Club House Inn - $109.00 PSA Rate Call 800 565-6803

Comfort Inn - $109. PSA Rate  Call 406 646-4212

Days Inn - $99. PSA Rate  Call 800 548-9551


Reservations for guest rooms at other hotels in West Yellowstone are available by calling West Yellowstone Central Reservations at (888) 646-7077 or through the web at:


Again I’ve been told by the folks at PSA that there are folks coming from overseas as well as the U.S. members, and that registration is high.


Thanks; and I hope you’ll join me!




Gary W. Stanley





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