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 MichaelForsberg.com.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A favorite sunrise spot

Thought I would share a couple pictures from a peaceful morning at one of my favorite sunrise spots - the west side of Stockade Lake in Custer State Park.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Chief David Bald Eagle's greatest hits

More than 20 years ago I first worked with Chief David Bald Eagle, who has acted in numerous movies, television shows and posed for many artists. Recently I was pleasantly surprised to come across a jigsaw puzzle featuring a painting of Dave. It is always fun to see an old friend in an unexpected place.

You might recognize Dave from the movies "Imprint," "Into The West," and "Skins." He told me he was in lots of movies as a younger man, including at least one with Marilyn Monroe, but never used his real name then so you won't see him in the credits.

The realization that images of him might pop up anywhere made me think back to the many times I have photographed Dave. So here are some of my favorites from over the years.

This is from the first photo shoot I did with Dave in the Badlands.

The rest of these photos are from various shoots across the years.

Of course, my all-time favorite image of Chief Dave landed on the cover of National Geographic Traveller in Australia last year.

Dave will be 96-years old soon. I'm hoping that we get to do more photo shoots in the future.

Oh, and if you want your own Chief David Bald Eagle jigsaw puzzle by artist Alfredo Rodriguez, they are produced by CEACO. I found mine at Walmart in Sioux Falls.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Cowboy reenactors at the Black Hills Photo Shootout

It has taken quite a while, but I finally got around to editing the pictures from the "Cowboys of the Old West" sessions at this year's Black Hills Photo Shootout. The two workshops we did with Mark Latza and Richard Bickel at Meeker Ranch were a lot of fun and the guys couldn't have looked more authentic.

Thanks to everyone who participated in these workshops and I hope to see you at next year's Shootout with friends along as well.