Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Drones are a hot topic

I am fielding more and more questions about drone photography and where it is or isn't legal. While I haven't used one myself, I understand the excitement about the potential for photography from a height previously unobtainable to most of us.

Parks and Recreation Magazine recently published a very good article about the use of drones in parks and other public spaces. If you have a drone or are considering purchasing one, I recommend reading this article and as much research as you can to keep yourself out of trouble.

Common sense will go a long way to keeping drone use safe and fun for everyone.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bridal Veil Falls running full

Thanks to Eric Roach for this photo and report on the spring condition of Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish Canyon -

13 May 2015 - Bridal Veil Falls earlier this afternoon. It looks great running this full. The aqueduct is closed also, with Spearfish Creek running about half-full and swift....lots of downed trees laying across the creek, hopefully there won't be any kayakers this week...

Monday, April 27, 2015

All aboard the Photo Express!

Now this is going to be fun! The folks at the South Dakota State Railroad Museum and the 1880 Train in Hill City have put together a Photo Express ride especially for those of us who like taking pictures of historic trains.

The Photo Express experience begins at 7 am on Saturday, October 3 with a mini photo workshop and breakfast. The ride on the historic 1880 Train includes two stops where photographers can depart the train and photograph the steam engine as it chugs through magnificent Black Hills scenery.

After the ride and lunch, presentations by Chris Laskowski of C. Vision Productions, Erica Harvey of Tripod Tours and yours truly, Chad Coppess of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, will be held at the Hill City High School.

This unique offering is a first for the Black Hills area. I think we can expect a good turnout with this capping off a great week of photography opportunities - the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup on Friday, September 25, the Black Hills Photo Shootout Sept. 25-27, and prime time for fall colors in the Hills leading up to the Photo Express.

For more information and to register, contact the South Dakota State Railroad Museum.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Capitol Lake geyser

Pierre, South Dakota has (or had) it's own amazing 25-foot water fountain in the center of town.

The short-lived great Capitol Lake geyser of April 10, 2015 lasted a few hours, if that. I noticed it just before sundown and made this picture. As I drove away, repair crews were arriving to fix the broken water pipe. It was fun while it lasted.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Nikonians headed for the Hills

Nikonians, a worldwide group of dedicated Nikon photographers, will be holding their 15th Annual Nikonians Photography Adventure Trip (ANPAT) in the Black Hills and Badlands this fall.

The guided group tour/workshop will be September 26-October 3. Membership in the Nikonians organization is required, along with the ANPAT fee.

I hosted the Nikonians group in the Black Hills back in 2005. I can tell you they are a passionate bunch and will be coming from all over the globe.

For more information on this year's ANPAT, follow this link the Nikonians website.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Meet the man who has photographed Mount Rushmore for eight decades

Rapid City photographer Bill Groethe has been around long enough to shoot Mount Rushmore when it was being carved. Time Magazine just reported on his life's work there. Read the full story at -

Meet the man who has photographed Mount Rushmore for eight decades

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rod Planck bringing annual workshop to South Dakota

Well-known nature photographer Rod Planck will again be offering an eight-day workshop in South Dakota's Badlands and Black Hills this fall.

I ran into Rod's group in Wind Cave National Park last year and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves and getting great photos. Check out his workshop at this link.