Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanks to the loyal viewers

Thank you to everyone who's come here over the years. I hope Dakotagraph has provided some inspiration for your own photos, helpful tips on where to find things, and some entertainment along the way.

This blog will stay right where it is so you can look up previously covered topics, other South Dakota photographers, camera club information, etc. However, most of my online activity in the future will be at the corresponding Facebook page for Hopefully you will still find helpful and useful information there.


Monday, November 7, 2016

N4C Convention coming to Black Hills in 2017

The North Central Camera Club Council has announced that the 61st Annual N4C Photography Convention will be held in Rapid City and throughout the Black Hills on September 21-23, 2017. "Presidents, Pixels & Pines" will consist of educational workshops, photography competitions, and tours of photogenic sites in the area.

This is the first time the North Central Camera Club Council has brought their annual convention this far west. The organization is made up of member clubs in both Dakotas, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.

More information will be available soon at the North Central Camera Club Council website. The Black Hills Photography Club is hosting the event.

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.