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.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Discovery is fun with Black Hills Adventure Tours

After years of exploring the Black Hills, I'm always pleasantly surprised to be introduced to a place I haven't seen before. Carrie Bowers of Black Hills Adventure Tours provided this week's discovery of the Little Elk Creek Trail near Piedmont.

Carrie's experience in leading tours biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and sightseeing is obvious as she explained the history of the former road that is now a 17-mile multi-use trail following the creek to Dalton Lake. 

Who could have expected weather like this and barely any snow on the ground in December? This place has the look of an incredibly beautiful canyon in the autumn. I'll be back!

Thanks to Carrie for pointing me in a new direction. Check out the other tours she offers at Black Hills Adventure Tours or take a look on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

2016 Wildlife Calendar available

Wildlife of western America is featured in the 2016 Dakotagraph calendars available now at CafePress.

If you are ordering a calendar, don't miss the first step where you choose what month you want it to start with. While you are shopping the Dakotagraph store, pick up a shirt, hat, mousepad or coffee mug for your favorite photographer!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Wyoming autumn is spectacular as usual

I have made numerous trips to western Wyoming to photograph Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and I've never been disappointed. This year's trek with Keith Hemmelman and Lona Haas featured spectacular weather and a huge variety of wildlife to point our cameras at.

If you follow the Dakotagraph page at Facebook you have probably seen some of these photos already. I now present the final edited versions. All photos taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M1.

If you would like to see more and hear tales from the trip, Keith, Lona and I will be giving a presentation of images at the next meeting of the Central South Dakota Photography Club on November 5 at the Rawlins Library in Pierre at 7 pm.