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Black Hills in Winter

  • February 11, 2021
Black Hills in Winter

I finally made it to the Black Hills in the Winter, visiting in January of 2021. I had hoped to venture to new areas by snowmobile, but there wasn't enough snow for them, so had to just travel on the roads. I've always wanted to explore the Hills with snow on them, and while there wasn't much snow yet this year, the snow does give the area a very different feel.  Most of the snow I found was in the Deerfield Lake area, well up the road above Hill City.  I also went to see Mount Rushmore after dark, which I also hadn't done before--it is lit up and really glows.  There are some tunnels on the Iron...

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Wyoming Trip

  • August 22, 2020
Wyoming Trip

In July of 2020, I spent a week exploring Wyoming. As I had been working on my South Dakota book for several years, I hadn't been out of state shooting in a very long time, and it was a blast! I started right on the Eastern edge, and explored Devil's Tower National Monument for a couple days. I hiked around it for a day, exploring different views and angles. I hadn't seen it before, and it really is a sight to behold. My favorite image from that area is my night shot with the Milky Way visible over a silhouette of Devil's Tower. I then spent a couple days exploring the Big Horn Mountains...

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Using Long Exposure

  • April 15, 2020
Using Long Exposure

The camera is a creative tool used to make artistic images, much like a pencil or paint brush. It is much more limited, in that it captures only what is in front of the lens, rather than creating whatever the artist imagines. This makes photography a uniquely difficult art form, as the photographer must find the scene, with the weather conditions they desire, at the correct time of day and year, and with the sky they desire. However, it is not without artistic control--shutter speed, viewing angle, exposure, filters, depth of field, and an array of techniques can create interesting effects...

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Exploring West River SD

  • October 23, 2019
Exploring West River SD

I spent a few days in late September of 2018 exploring West River in South Dakota (anywhere west of the Missouri, for those of you not from SD). I've been through countless times, but always on my way somewhere, so it was nice to have some time just to enjoy the vastness of the area.I was expecting the endless prairie, but I was surprised by the buttes that just pop up at random places throughout the region. It's really cool. Fall colors were as abundant as they ever are in the Dakotas, and I really enjoyed just driving random gravel roads for a few days. Roads are few and far between, but the beauty...

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A trip through Northeast South Dakota

  • March 17, 2018
A trip through Northeast South Dakota

In October of 2017, I spent a few days exploring the Northeastern area of South Dakota.  I was hoping to catch Fall colors in and around the many lakes in the area, but as is usually the case with the Great Plains, the trees all change at different times, making it difficult to get images filled with Autumn splendor.  The weather didn't really cooperate either, as the wind was strong most of the time, and the clouds rarely cleared.   I did get an afternoon of nice light, and found a nice bay that was protected from the wind on Roy Lake.  Many of the trees were turning, although...

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Slim Buttes in South Dakota

  • March 16, 2018
Slim Buttes in South Dakota

I spent a couple days in May 2017 in the Slim Buttes area of Northwestern South Dakota.  It's a unique area with huge clay spires jutting up out of the plains.  In areas, it looks like the Badlands of SD, but the spires are much more sparse.  There are a couple of formations in the region east of Buffalo SD called the Castles.  They have a walking path from a small parking area up to the top of a peak to view them from.  It's a pretty area, and I'd recommend a stop if you are ever in that region of South Dakota.

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Update to hardwood frames…

  • July 11, 2017

I have purchased a molding machine and other woodworking tools, and am now making my own hardwood frames.  This provides me with greater flexibility and faster turnaround times for placed orders.  I am currently tobuyaccutane using Royal Mahogany, which has a very uniform grain and looks very formal, and African Mahogany, which has more variety in the grain, which makes it look a little more rustic while maintaining the richness of Mahogany. I plan to experiment with other woods as time goes by, and I can now make frames out of specific woods if a customer has a preference.

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Badlands of South Dakota

  • February 24, 2015
Badlands of South Dakota

I spent a few days in Badlands National Park in south Dakota in mid-February.  It is an easily accessible area just south of I-90 in central South Dakota, and offers some truly unique and inspiring views of eroding land.  One does not need to venture on long hikes to see the beauty, as the highway through the park has parking areas, with overlooks.  As the peaks and valleys are too steep to climb, most of the viewing is very close to the road, with maybe a hike of 50 yards or so.  There are long hiking trails, but I did not have time to venture on those, so I do not know what they offer as far as scenery. The...

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“These are just photos…why do they cost so much?”

  • January 10, 2015

"These are just photos...why do they cost so much?" Or the related, uplifting comment... "Oh, these are just photos...so they didn't require skill or anything..." Comments like these are made occasionally in my booth at art festivals. The truth is that photography is one of the most difficult, time consuming, and expensive forms of art to create. Photos are expensive due to the enormous investment of time and resources required to create them.  It requires not only talent and skill, but tenacity, patience, travel, endurance, and braving the elements at all hours of the day. Every art form...

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“You have a really good camera!”

  • January 7, 2015

"Your photos are so clear and vibrant...you have a really good camera!" Or even better... "Wow, your camera takes amazing pictures!" And the ever popular... "My camera doesn't take pictures like this." I hear these comments regularly in my booth at art fairs.  For some reason, people routinely credit the camera for photos that impress them. These statements are no different than telling a painter "Your brushes make nice paintings!" or telling a chef, "My oven doesn't make food like that." The camera is merely one tool used in the first step of the photographic process. The end results demonstrate...

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