Monday, November 17, 2014

Here's a fun opportunity for young photographers

The Rapid City Arts Council's Find A Way Collective is seeking submissions from young artists between the ages of 13-30  for a small independent arts and culture magazine commonly referred to as a "zine." The zine aims to document and promote the thriving creative culture that exists in the Black Hills. Selected work will be featured in our first zine. 1000 copies will be printed and distributed throughout the area in the spring of 2015.

Submissions will be accepted in three areas- visual, written, and photography. Deadline is midnight on November 30.

For detailed submission guidelines, click HERE.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Foggy Capitol

Halloween morning 2014 in Pierre started appropriately as the sun attempted to burn through the fog over the South Dakota State Capitol.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Shapes and Shadows calendar now available

Dakotagraph's 2015 "Shapes and Shadows" calendar, featuring silhouetted images from across the country, is now available at our CafePress store.

Thanks to Keith Hemmelman for providing the perfect silhouette image of me to complement the work inside the calendar. You can see more of Keith's photography at his website.

While you are checking out the CafePress store, don't forget to get your favorite photographer a shirt, hat, mousepad or mug for the upcoming holidays!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! Here the results of a recent rattlesnake shoot with snake hunter Ben Smith and the Central South Dakota Photography Club.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Black Hills Photo Shootout underway

For the fifth time, the annual Black Hills Photo Shootout is underway in southwestern South Dakota.

With over 100 photographers from across the country roaming the area capturing everything from military aircraft, snakes and colorful frogs at Reptile Gardens, the majesty of Mount Rushmore, landscapes in Badlands National Park and wildlife in Wind Cave National Park, things are off to a great start.

So far I have lead two groups shooting antiques and cowboy imagery at the Four Mile Old West Town, which was a lot of fun.

Today's adventures will take us to the abandoned Meeker Ranch for more ghost town rustic photos.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Another successful Buffalo Roundup is in the corral

The buffalo are all in the corral and another Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup has come and gone. Activities continue throughout the weekend in the Black Hills with the Buffalo Roundup Art Show in Custer State Park, a Crazy Horse Memorial Volksmarch on Sunday and Monday, and the Black Hills Photo Shootout all weekend.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dakotagraph "bonus features"

Thank you to all the loyal readers here at I appreciate that you visit the blog, enjoy the photography and hopefully pick up some ideas and tips for your own photos in South Dakota.

If you've ever viewed a movie on DVD you've probably seen some "bonus features" they include on most of them. Dakotagraph also has "bonus features!"

If you are a Facebook user, check out the page at Facebook. Not only will you find every post here featured, but from time to time you will see "Facebook-only" content like recent links to a story on drone photography in Yellowstone and William Neill's Outdoor Photographer Magazine column on "just getting out there."

If you are an Instagram user, follow the Travel South Dakota page and you will see my photography regularly. Not every post there is mine, but a good majority of them are.

You will also see a lot of my photography at and the regional South Dakota tourism industry sites -,,, and

In any case, I hope you are finding the good stuff this South Dakota autumn and you may see me on the road this week. I'll be hopping around the Black Hills, shooting the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and leading workshops at the Black Hills Photo Shootout.