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10/04/2010 09:40:11 PM · #1
A few photographers from my club in Maryland are planning a trip in late February / early March to the Triple D Game Farm near Kalispell airport Montana and near Glacier National Park.

They offer trained animal models for wildlife photography. The fee is $1248 for 4 days of shooting and one day stay before and after (6 days total). Airfare and rental car not included. The available shooting dates are Feb 25-28 and March 11-14 (arriving one day before and departing one day after)

Species available for photographing: (to name a few)
-Grizzly Bear
-Siberian Tiger
-Snow Leopard
-Wolves
-Coyote
-Siberian Lynx
-Fox (Arctic, Red, Gray)

Let me know if you are interested. We can get a group rate but only if we get two more that agree to go. The price includes the group discount. We thought we would have enough participation locally but have come up short so am putting this out here in hopes of getting a couple more to participate in this unique experience. Check out the web link for the game farm and some of the photo possibilities this provides. We will also be taking some side trips to Glacier park and other local spots for photo ops. Should be a fun trip.

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10/04/2010 10:03:05 PM · #2
sounds interesting. I will send you a pm
10/05/2010 01:20:31 AM · #3
Darn, I'll be in Hawaii during that time but thanks for the tip. I signed up for their newsletter and may go another time. Good luck with the trip!
10/05/2010 09:45:28 AM · #4
If I had the money that sounds like it would be a blast... Wait it does sound like a blast, if I had money I would love to go. Look forward to seeing the shots though.
10/05/2010 12:00:03 PM · #5
Sadly, there is a market for this kind of menagerie. But, drugged, trained animal models are not to be confused with wild animals in the wilderness. I would be careful to check to see if the animals receive proper nutrition and veterinarian care. (I'm not saying they don't!) Yeah, I've seen many staged photos of the cougar jumping from rock to rock over a chasm. It's dramatic. But, then, I've also seen the photo of the grizzly in January snow from this place. I guess you can drug an animal to be awake during normal time of hibernation.

This kind of "photographer trap" caged animal menagerie is a couple notches below a certified zoo. I don't begrudge anyone's interest in paying the fee to do this. Photos of animals in zoos or menageries are fun to view, as long as they are not presented as something they are not. The menagerie images are not images of animals in the wild with the option to escape and flee.

Does it matter? Yes, it does.
10/05/2010 12:03:45 PM · #6
Originally posted by hahn23:

Sadly, there is a market for this kind of menagerie. But, drugged, trained animal models are not to be confused with wild animals in the wilderness. I would be careful to check to see if the animals receive proper nutrition and veterinarian care. (I'm not saying they don't!) Yeah, I've seen many staged photos of the cougar jumping from rock to rock over a chasm. It's dramatic. But, then, I've also seen the photo of the grizzly in January snow from this place. I guess you can drug an animal to be awake during normal time of hibernation.

This kind of "photographer trap" caged animal menagerie is a couple notches below a certified zoo. I don't begrudge anyone's interest in paying the fee to do this. Photos of animals in zoos or menageries are fun to view, as long as they are not presented as something they are not. The menagerie images are not images of animals in the wild with the option to escape and flee.

Does it matter? Yes, it does.


Yes, yes it does.
10/05/2010 12:15:22 PM · #7
Originally posted by hahn23:

Sadly, there is a market for this kind of menagerie. But, drugged, trained animal models are not to be confused with wild animals in the wilderness. I would be careful to check to see if the animals receive proper nutrition and veterinarian care. (I'm not saying they don't!) Yeah, I've seen many staged photos of the cougar jumping from rock to rock over a chasm. It's dramatic. But, then, I've also seen the photo of the grizzly in January snow from this place. I guess you can drug an animal to be awake during normal time of hibernation.

This kind of "photographer trap" caged animal menagerie is a couple notches below a certified zoo. I don't begrudge anyone's interest in paying the fee to do this. Photos of animals in zoos or menageries are fun to view, as long as they are not presented as something they are not. The menagerie images are not images of animals in the wild with the option to escape and flee.

Does it matter? Yes, it does.


Agreed
10/05/2010 12:23:52 PM · #8
Originally posted by hahn23:

Sadly, there is a market for this kind of menagerie. But, drugged, trained animal models are not to be confused with wild animals in the wilderness. I would be careful to check to see if the animals receive proper nutrition and veterinarian care. (I'm not saying they don't!) Yeah, I've seen many staged photos of the cougar jumping from rock to rock over a chasm. It's dramatic. But, then, I've also seen the photo of the grizzly in January snow from this place. I guess you can drug an animal to be awake during normal time of hibernation.

This kind of "photographer trap" caged animal menagerie is a couple notches below a certified zoo. I don't begrudge anyone's interest in paying the fee to do this. Photos of animals in zoos or menageries are fun to view, as long as they are not presented as something they are not. The menagerie images are not images of animals in the wild with the option to escape and flee.

Does it matter? Yes, it does.


I agree with this too.
10/06/2010 11:29:01 PM · #9
Originally posted by hahn23:

Sadly, ... Photos of animals in zoos or menageries are fun to view, as long as they are not presented as something they are not. ...



What you say is true but the only important part is what I have quoted above. I do quite a bit of nature photography; in the wild type, not zoos. But some animals many people will never get the opportunity to get close to or photogrpah in the wild. As long as you disclose the source it is a legit way to accomplish a goal.
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