Saturday, October 15, 2016

Your input needed!

Since 2007 I've been posting photos and information at and the accompanying Facebook page. Longtime readers will have recognized that activity, especially at the actual blog website has slowed down over the years. So now I'm asking you if interest is still there to continue.

If you will answer these questions it will help me move along in the future.

1. Do you read the blog at or just the Facebook version?

2. Are the calendar of photogenic events, list of South Dakota photography clubs, and/or list of South Dakota photographers useful to you? 

3. Do you actually find the information posted here useful, or do you just like to look at the photos?

4. Would you miss the blog at if it disappeared and posts were only on Facebook?

Thank you!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Unique Rushmore photo opportunity

The faces on Mount Rushmore don't change much, so finding new ways to photograph them can at times be a challenge. The week of September 12-16 will provide some unique opportunities though with the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Preservation Team climbing on the faces and working on crack monitoring equipment.

Cables and ropes for hauling equipment to the top of the mountain and workers dangling over the faces will be visible all next week, weather permitting.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Panning takes a lot of taking

I ran into photographer friends Shannon and Brian Voges at Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon a couple weeks back. We had a discussion about panning, especially with things moving as fast as sprint cars on a dirt track.

One of the secrets to photography is shoot a lot and learn from the bad ones. The key to successful panning photography is moving at exactly the same speed as your subject matter...and shooting a lot. For every good shot, I have a lot to throw away like these.
But when it works, the successful images are really fun.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Another picturesque South Dakota road

South Dakota has it's share of scenic roads. Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, Spearfish Canyon, Badlands National Park and the Native American Scenic Byway all come to mind. However, I don't think there are many roller-coaster stretches like the White Butte Road between White Butte and Bison in the northwest corner of the state.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

South Dakota is where to see the new national mammal

Bison, most commonly known as buffalo, are the new American national mammal and there is no better place to see and photograph them than South Dakota.

Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park and Bear Butte State Park are places you are almost guaranteed to have a close encounter of the bison kind. They are also found in private herds at various spots around the state, including on several Indian reservations.

Photographing buffalo in the parks can sometimes be as easy as driving up and shooting out the window. If you do venture out of your vehicle around bison, be extra careful. These are huge beasts and very quick in reacting to situations they don't like. Approaching a bison is a really bad idea, trust me. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Black Hills Photographers take top honors in contest

Several Black Hills area photographers have taken top honors at the annual Dahl Mountain Culture Festival photo contest.

Congratulations to Jesse Brown Nelson, April Oedekoven, Erica Harvey, Michaela Mader, Barry Castetter, Cheryl Schmidt, Laura Marie Heisinger, Colton Erk, Dustin Voss, Jaci Worth and all the rest of the winners. Also nice job to those who were accepted into the competition.

Full information on the winners is in the Rapid City Journal's story about the competition.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

South Dakota gets some great exposure

It is always fun to see your neighborhood get some big time exposure. Michael Forsberg lets the world know about South Dakota's wildlife picture-taking opportunities in the latest issue of "Outdoor Photographer" magazine.

This April 2016 issue has several articles about wildlife photography, highlighted by Michael's story entitled "Wildlife of the Great Plains." A beautiful shot of a lone bull bison in Wind Cave National Park opens the story, followed by a burrowing owl in Badlands National Park. Those of us who shoot regularly in South Dakota know wildlife and spectacular scenery are abundant, while hordes of photographers are not. I certainly don't mind if a few more find our part of the world.

Check out more of Michael Forsberg's work at