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Picture Perfect Peaks

Watch Neil Chaput de Saintonge turn Montana into his classroom


Picture Perfect Peaks

“I would say that people come to Montana because they want to be in the mountains,” said Neil Chaput de Saintonge, “they want to be away from the big crowds, and they want to be out in nature.”

In Top of the Class, photographer Neil Chaput de Saintonge and Rocky Mountain School of Photography lead students on a photo expedition through Big Sky Country. Neil, who trained under the famed photographer Ansel Adams, turns Montana into a natural classroom for aspiring photographers. The school draws students from around the world who are looking to capture the perfect shot of unspoiled beauty.

“I’ve been to Fiji, I’ve been to Chile, and the mountains of Canada,” said student Maria Trujillo. “But Montana is an area that has a soul.”

With over 40 years of teaching experience, Neil leads students on a one-of-a-kind photography tour of Montana’s golden forests, wave-crested rivers, and picture perfect mountain peaks.

“…Photography has changed a whole lot,” said Chaput de Saintonge. “But the landscape of Montana still looks just as beautiful as it’s always looked.”

To learn more about art in Big Sky Country, check out the arts & culture page for a full list of museums and galleries, or find a photo-friendly vista on the scenic drives page.

Looking to take a trip to Montana? Check out the trip ideas page for a variety of travel destinations.

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