Shooting Expeditions

Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

  • April 15, 2022
Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

In late March of 2022, I spent a few days exploring Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park in Southeastern Utah.  Utah is an incredibly unique and beautiful state, with canyons and mountains everywhere, and several National Parks.  I'd have liked to explored a couple more parks, but since my time was limited and I had a couple days without decent light, I just focused on these two. The canyons and the arches are very different, but they present a similar challenge to photography--their sheer size is integral to what makes them amazing, and it's difficult to convey that in a photograph. ...

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Exploring the Ozarks

  • November 19, 2021
Exploring the Ozarks

I spent some time in October of 2021 exploring the Ozarks, looking for waterfalls and Autumn colors.  I discovered that peak color doesn't occur until November, and the falls only have water right after a rain.  Fortunately, it did start raining on my second day there, so there was some water over most of the falls I found, and the color in the leaves really saturated nicely, making for some nice images. The Ozarks are a beautiful area covering southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas, completely blanketed with trees as far as the eye can see, with a variety of hiking trails to waterfalls and overlooks...

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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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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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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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Tenacity and magical light

  • November 12, 2014
Tenacity and magical light

I often say photography is about tenacity--once one finds a scene, they must return over and over until they get the right light, with the right sky to create the image they want. Given that I live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, any evening that I think there is potential for unique light, I rush down to Falls Park.  There, evening light works the best in general, and the water reflects the colors of the sunset, maximizing the effects.  I have been set up for sunset countless times at Falls Park, and am usually disappointed...I never seem to be out on the nights when the color is really bold. One...

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Spearfish Canyon 2014

  • October 6, 2014
Spearfish Canyon 2014

I made a run to Spearfish canyon the last week of September, hoping to capture some images of blazing colors around the bluffs and many creeks that flow through the canyon.  However, as is generally the case with photography, one doesn't get what one searches for--photography is about capturing what you find. My timing wasn't so good--for the first few miles into the canyon, all the way to Bridal Veil http://buygenericvaltrexonline.com Falls, the trees were all still green.  About a mile further up, they were all bare...it was odd...and frustrating.  The weather didn't cooperate with me either,...

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