Badlands and Black Hills Photography Workshop Itinerary
The Badlands and Black Hills Photography Workshop itinerary will remain flexible to take advantage of the conditions and unique situations that arise. I used to live in Rapid City, so I know that area and want to keep the schedule flexible. We’ll base out of Wall and Custer, but we may drive to Deadwood and Lead if the conditions are right. Spearfish Canyon is planned for Sunday morning, but if we get an overcast day before then, we’ll do Spearfish Canyon on the overcast day. The key for this workshop, more so than some of my other workshops, is to remain flexible in regards to our daily destinations.
Check in at Wall, South Dakota. Although the Workshop officially starts at sunrise on Wednesday, you have the option to meet up at 7pm for a sunset session in the Badlands. You’ll need a permit, so you should either get it earlier in the day or expect to buy one at the gate.
Sunrise is early at 5am. After the golden hour light ends, we’ll head back to the hotel for breakfast and a classroom presentation. Then it’s back into the field for the day. We’ll explore and photograph the Badlands. Sunset is at about 8:30pm.
Sunrise is early at 5am. We’ll photograph the park until mid-morning, so bring breakfast. After we finish, we’ll return to the hotel for a break and lunch. In the afternoon, we head back out in the field and stay out for sunset.
After sunrise in the park and breakfast. We check out and head to Scenic, a ghost town. Then we go to Custer via Keystone and the Iron Mountain Road. You’ll need a park entrance sticker for Custer State Park, which is available at the gates. In Custer, you’ll check into your hotel and we’ll head back out into the field after everyone is organized.
We’ll start at sunrise and end at sunset with breaks for breakfast. Lunch will be in the field or at a restaurant near wherever we are for the day. If we’re near Custer for the evening, we’ll each a dinner there, otherwise we’ll eat near wherever we’re photographing. The longest drive we will take could be up to an hour each way. We’ll base our locations on the conditions that we’re experiencing to take advantage of the lighting.
After sunrise, we’ll check out of our hotels and then head to Spearfish Canyon and spend the day in the canyon. If conditions were better on Friday or Saturday for Spearfish, we’ll spend time near Custer in the state park or forest. The workshop is finished at 1pm.
While most of the shooting locations are near parking lots, we may hike up to 3 miles round trip over moderate terrain at a leisurely pace. One potential hike will take us off trail and over the grasslands. For those that don’t want to hike, there are photo opportunities near the cars that you can take advantage of until the group returns.
The weather is perfect in the Badlands and Black Hills in June. Highs average around 80°F and lows average near 50°F. June in the Black Hills and Badlands is an excellent time for thunderstorms. We will try to capture any bad weather that occurs, and from a safe location photograph several thunderstorms blowing over the plains.
The Days Inn in Wall, South Dakota is hosting the Badlands portion of the workshop. We will also meet there each morning before heading out for the sunrise. Room rate is not included in the workshop fee. When you make your reservation tell them it’s a “Bryan Hansel” room. We get a special rate that is only available to you if you book direct and get into my room block. Days Inn phone number: 605-279-2000
There is no lodging partner in Custer. You can stay at whatever hotel you like. We’ll meet at the sunrise location each day.
This is what you book: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Days Inn in Wall. Friday and Saturday in Custer.
Park Entrance Fees
Each park requires an entrance fee. You are responsible for purchasing the fee for your car.
Food is not included in the price. We’ll eat in the field and restaurants depending on the schedule.