Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Guest blogger - Lori Kiehn

When BlackHawk photographer Lori Kiehn offered up this guest blog post about the ghost town of Ardmore I expected some good photos. These really make me want to go! Here's what Lori had to say - 

I went down to Ardmore with a small group of other photographers. The town is basically a ghost town. It looked as though there were only two homes that were currently being lived in, however I never saw a soul.  I think Ardmore was an old railroad town. The trains still run through very frequently. There is an abandoned bank, several homes, and a pump house by the water tower, which is right along the creek.

Most of the houses are open so you can go inside, however you do need to be careful. Most of the houses are not on solid foundations, the floors are weak with debris everywhere. The outsides of these homes are surrounded by tall grass which holds old fencing, wiring and just miscellaneous debris, so you need to be careful as you are roaming around. 

For me personally, I loved going into the houses and finding remains of the the life that once existed there. When I look at my photos, that is what I focused on was the items that were left behind.  One of the houses had many old cars in the yard, which is another personal favorite of mine.  I find it amazing how these "ladies" can be rusted, windows busted and the seats torn up and they still shine with beauty...to me!

Ardmore is south of Hot Springs on Highway 71, almost on the state border with Nebraska. If decide to visit, heed Lori's advice about being careful and remember that even though places like this feel completely abandoned someone does own them and you are trespassing on their property. Take only photos, leave only footprints!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Guest blogger opportunity

Okay Dakotagraph followers, it is your turn to show us your favorite images from your favorite places in South Dakota!

This blog began as a way for me to share what I've discovered and learned about photographing the land of Great Faces and Great Places. I'd love to see what you've found and what I haven't. If you would like to be featured as a guest blogger leave me a comment here at www.Dakotagraph.com or at the Dakotagraph Facebook page. 

We would all like to see beautiful photos of beautiful spots, but if you can also give us some helpful insight into finding a certain location, the best time of day or year to photograph there or some other types of useful tips that would be even better!

I cannot promise that everything offered up will be published, but give it a shot. Let me know what ideas you have for posts. Please be able to include a collection of 5-10 images from that location or topic. 

I will include links to blogs/websites/Facebook pages/galleries if appropriate, but let's not try to use this space as free advertisement for businesses. Thanks and I can't wait to see what you've got to show.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Frost in the Capitol city

What's a photographer to do on a frosty morning in South Dakota's Capitol city other than get out at sunrise to catch the thousands of geese in action?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

More Capitol Christmas

The Central South Dakota Photography Club held a photo walk last night at the Capitol Christmas in Pierre, which gave me a chance to shoot some more ornaments.

My Olympus OM-D E-M1 got a new firmware update with a feature called "Partial Color" where you can dial in only the color you want to see while the rest of the image is black and white. I used two frames here blended together to show only the red and green.

Lona assumed the correct posture for photographing the freshly renovated stained glass in the top of the rotunda.

Keith brought his crystal ball and all of us had fun playing with and in it.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Capitol Christmas time again

This time of year the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre fills with the smell of pine and spruce and the sparkle of Christmas d├ęcor lining the hallways. For photographers there is something fun to play with around every corner.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Don't miss out on your Dakotagraph calendar

The 2015 Dakotagraph calendars feature "Shapes and Shadows" from across the USA. They look great and are available now at CafePress.

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.