Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sam Abell and birds of prey

Two fun photography events are coming up in the Black Hills area -

Canon Explorer of Light and National Geographic photographer Sam Abell will be giving a free public presentation in the Meier Recital Hall at Black Hills State University Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 pm. A reception will be held before the event at 6:30 pm.

A recognized Canon Explorer of Light photographer and National Geographic photographer since 1970, Sam Abell is well-known for his cultural and landscape images. He has lectured on photography and exhibited his images worldwide. Abell has also published numerous books, including, The Life of the Photograph and Australia: Journey Through a Timeless Land. His photographs have been displayed in such places as New York City’s International Center of Photography, the University of Oregon, and the Kluge-Rhue Museum in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Also taking place that day will be an open house for the photography program at Black Hills State University. The public is invited to tour the photography facilities at BHSU and view student work. Photographers displaying work will be the Shutterbuzz photography club in the E.Y. Berry Library, Aric Bakeburg and Sarah Brassfield in Meier Hall, Shawna Norman and the Alternative Processes photography class in the Pangburn Gallery, the Studio and Advanced photography classes in the Photographer’s Gallery in Jonas, Jerry Rawlings in the Little Gallery in the Photo Studio in Pangburn Hall, Jenna Nagel in Roma’s Ristorante, and Nico Duca in Bum Steer.

For more information regarding the presentation and open house, contact the BHSU Photography Department at 642-6769.


On May 1st 2011, Heron’s Flight Studio in Rapid City will be hosting a May Day Celebration. Photographers of all abilities are invited to photograph the birds of the Black Hills Raptor Center. The birds will be staged in natural and realistic settings on natural perches allowing for a unique opportunity to obtain photographs of elusive and beautiful birds of prey.

A $25 per bird donation to the Black Hills Raptor Center is requested and photographers can sign up for 15 minute time slots with a maximum of 2 photographers per time slot. The four species available will be Red-Tailed Hawk – Great Horned Owl – Western Screech Owl – American Kestrel. All setups, perches and shooting locations will be set up by acclaimed nature and wildlife photographer Les Voorhis from Focus West Gallery in Spearfish. Shooting will begin at 3:30 PM and end at 7:00 PM.

In addition to the birds of prey the Celebration will feature educational stations, costumed re-enactors representing medieval eras, food, beverages and various family activities. Heron’s Flight Studio is located at 211 Founders Park Drive, Rapid City.

For further information or to sign up for a photography time slot, please call the Black Hills Raptor Center at 605/381-9707 (9AM – 7PM daily) or e-mail at

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