Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wagon train headed for Pierre

South Dakota's Sesquicentennial is being celebrated partly with a commemorative wagon train that left the Dakota Territorial Capitol of Yankton on September 3 and will pull into the South Dakota State Capitol of Pierre on Saturday, September 20.
I caught up with the wagon train last weekend as they joined together with the Wessington Springs' Kyle Evans Memorial Wagon Train for a special historical spectacle traveling across the prairie.
If you are interested in photographing the last couple days of the wagon train, you can catch them as they drop into the Missouri River Valley tomorrow, camp at Farm Island tomorrow night, and then make the final push into Pierre on Saturday. More information is at the South Dakota Sesquicentennial website.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Almost complete camouflage

On last night's Central South Dakota Photography Club Photo Walk we came across several of these tiny toads at Farm Island State Recreation Area. They were almost completely camouflaged in their sandy home except for their eyballs.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Flocking around the capitol

Ever seen the Alfred Hitchcock movie classic "The Birds?" Well you could almost do a remake lately around the South Dakota State Capitol dome in Pierre.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Working quickly

This shot is far from perfect, but it was fun to spot it and catch it in the rapidly fading sunset along Capitol Creek in Pierre.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Presidents visit WISSOTA 100

I had fun photographing the Mount Rushmore Mascots visit to the WISSOTA 100 stock car races in Huron yesterday.

If you are unfamiliar with the WISSOTA 100, it is the season championship for several classes of cars in the WISSOTA Racing Series. It brings 400 race cars and their teams/families to Huron for four days of racing action and is an unbelievable event for fans of dirt track racing. Check out the Dakota Promotions site for more info.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fellow photographers enjoy South Dakota's variety

It is always fun to run across fellow photographers doing what they love. Tonight it was Rod Planck and a workshop group he brought from Michigan for shooting in Badlands National Park, Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park.

Rod told me that of all his tours worldwide it is fairly rare to have participants repeat visits to the same location, but one of this week's participants was in South Dakota for the fourth time because of the beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife we have to offer.

The workshop was finishing up the last of eight nights here with some great landscape and buffalo photos in Wind Cave.

If you are interested in Rod's tours and workshops check out and specifically the Badlands and Black Hills Nature Photography Tour/Workshop.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Patience pays off

It took three attempts, but I finally did get some photos of a rooster pheasant this week with the help of fellow photographer Keith Hemmelman.

Keith invited me to share a blind he had set up for the specific purpose of pheasant photography, but we had to sit through two evenings of only doves and distant deer before we spotted our prey. Not that the dove photography was bad and we also captured a great sunset the first night. 

We were a multi-brand operation in the blind, with Keith's Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 400mm f5.6 shooting alongside my Nikon D600 and 500mm f4 and Olympus OMD EM1 with 70-300mm f4/5.6 (equivalent to a 140-600mm).

I wanted to test the Nikon DSLR against the smaller mirrorless Olympus. So this is the same bird just minutes apart with each camera.

First the Nikon D600mm with 500mm - ISO 200, 1/1000, f 4 for the technically minded.
The Olympus held up pretty well handheld at 600mm - ISO 200, 1/800, f 6.3.

All in all, a fun three evenings of shooting, thanks to Keith and our hosts Todd and Kristi Sandal.