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.

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.