Monday, March 23, 2009

Would you attend a Photographer's Weekend?

I'm part of a group that is exploring the idea of a Photographer's Rally. We are trying to judge how many people would be interested in spending a long weekend in one of the US' most scenic areas with several national parks and monuments, a state park that is larger than some states, and many opportunities for great photos.

The concept would include photo opportunities with wildlife including a large buffalo herd, wild horses, antelope, deer, mountain goats, etc. Landscapes are available with an incredible variety, from mountains to prairies and badlands desert. Local attractions would provide special photo ops such as an historic steam train, ghost town tours and Native American dancers.

Tips from local pros, plus slide shows, exhibits and lectures may also be offered. Guided tours to some of the most scenic spots would be offered. This would include special access for photographers to events, locations, etc. that are not normally available on an everyday basis.

There would be no fee for participation, but each participant would pay entrance fees to parks and attractions on their own.

Does this sound like something you'd be interested in? Any suggestions or questions are welcome. Like I say, this is only in the brainstorming phase at this time, but if there's a lot of interest, you will be hearing more in the future.

Thanks for any input you can provide.

17 comments:

Rob Rakow said...

This sounds very interesting and is something that I would be interested in.

Chad Coppess said...

Thanks Rob, we'll see if we can't gather enough support to make this into a reality. With all the ideas we've got, I think it could be a really cool deal.

~*Brooke*~ said...

I also agree, this idea sounds really great. I would definitely attend.

Tim said...

This sounds like a great idea.

Larry Mendenhall said...

Sounds like a great idea, Chad. I was there a couple of years ago -- thanks for your tips by the way -- but it would be great to go with someone who really knows the territory.

Larry

Chad Coppess said...

Alright, the momentum is beginning to build. Thanks everybody!

Rick said...

Chad - I like your site. I've been to South Dakota in 1992 and 2002 and would love to get back.
One question, before my last trip I gathered a lot of information from a photographer in the Black Hills area named John Herbst, who had a nice Web site. It doesn't seem to exist anymore. Any idea what happened to him?

Chad Coppess said...

Hi Rick, thanks for the comments.

I had kind of forgotten about John Herbst until you mentioned him. I don't know where he's gone. I remember that his wife died, which was a big blow to him. After that I haven't seen or heard anything about him. If anyone else that reads this has any information, Rick and I would appreciate it.

Thresha said...

I think its a great idea. I would be interested and would attend if it worked out that I could make it out there.

Les Voorhis said...

Chad and Rick,

After Cheryl's death John kind of got out of the business and went back to being a doctor. My understanding is now that he has remarried and moved on to other things. He is no longer photographing.

Anyone needing info on the area is welcome to give me a shout on my website www.royaltineimages.com. I think I am the only one in SD crazy enough now to be making my living off photographing nature and wildlife! :-) Great site Chad!!!

Chad Coppess said...

Thanks Thresha, I'll keep everyone informed of developments in this project.

And thanks very much Les for the info on John. I had a feeling he wasn't in the business anymore.

For everyone else, check out Les' site. He's a great shooter and a very helpful guy. If and when we get this Photographer's Rally rolling, Les will no doubt be a big part of it.

kiehnl said...

I would be very interested in participating.

Craig Wollman said...

Sounds like a good idea. So many great photo places in SD this will take more than a long weekend.

Chad Coppess said...

Thanks folks, like I said, the momentum is building so hopefully we will be creating a really fun event within the next year or so.

I agree that there are more places to shoot than we can do in three days. That's okay because if things go they way we hope, this will become an annual event.

Susan said...

Yes, I would be thrilled to have such an opportunity available in the Black Hills. My folks live in the area, and I would love to grab some friends and participate.

Anonymous said...

I would be interested in a hands on photo shoot like that. Keep us posted on any updates.

Craig

Chad Coppess said...

This event is moving along, but the wheels are turning slowly. Thanks for the input everyone and I will let you know as soon as the next stage is reached. I've got my fingers crossed that this turns out to be a really cool deal.