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Jan. 20

2012


The Dakotas: Sunrise & Sunset

In all of America there may be no finer place to capture a dramatic sunrise or sunset than the Dakotas. Between the expansive plains and deep canyons, North and South Dakota feature the perfect landscapes to capture the perfect shot as the sun comes up or sinks behind the horizon. Capture Dakota photographers know this well and have captured sunrises and sunsets across the Dakotas in stunning form. This showcase features some our editors favorite sunrise and sunset photos from local photographers. Sit back and enjoy!

What is a showcase? As a part of the Capture Dakota experience, our editors will select photos from time to time and feature them in a showcase like you see here. A showcase is a digital publication of a collection of photos curated by our editors. Enjoy!

Good Morning by Susan Melius

Good Morning

Sunrise near our farm. Ready to start another day.

Photo page

Photographer
Susan Melius
Category
Farming
Place
Miranda, SD
Camera
Canon Eos Digital Rebel X Ti
Coteau des Prairies - Full Moon Setting by Jennifer Garry Block

Coteau des Prairies - Full Moon Setting

The near constant ground blizzards of January 2011 added to the effect. Roberts County, SD

Photo page

Photographer
Jennifer Garry Block
Category
Landscapes
Place
Wilmot, SD
Camera
Canon Power Shot Sx20 Is
Early morning bulls by Dan Alfson

Early morning bulls

2 bull elk against morning sunrise

Photo page

Photographer
Dan Alfson
Category
Wildlife
Place
Custer, SD
Camera
Canon Eos 60 D

Nice shot, Dan ! Beautiful silhouette ! See comment

Jan Siemucha
on Early morning bulls (above)
Snowy Badlands by Aaron Groen

Snowy Badlands

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Photo page

Photographer
Aaron Groen
Category
Landmarks
Place
Wall, SD
Camera
Canon Eos 60 D
Goodnight by Sarah Larson

Goodnight

Walking out of a draw after watching the sunset. West of Gettysburg on the river hills.

Photo page

Photographer
Sarah Larson
Category
Landscapes
Place
Gettysburg, SD
Camera
Nikon D3000
Fall Cattle Drive by Penny Bower

Fall Cattle Drive

Early morning on the trail. Dust is kicked up into the rising sun. Two grandkids are pushing the cattle up the hill.

Photo page

Photographer
Penny Bower
Category
Ranching
Place
Vivian, SD
Camera
Canon Power Shot Sx20 Is

Great pictures! It's nice that kids will ride drag for you! Thanks so much for sharing! See comment

Veronica Klein
on Fall Cattle Drive (above)
Deck Shadows by Lauren Pretorius

Deck Shadows

The setting sun creates an interesting array of shadows on the deck.

Photo page

Photographer
Lauren Pretorius
Category
Still Life
Place
Lake City, SD
Camera
unknown
Drop by Lisa Groon

Drop

Sunrise at the Outdoor campus is calm and still. Perfect for a single drop of dew.

Photo page

Photographer
Lisa Groon
Category
Plants
Place
Sioux Falls, SD
Camera
Nikon D60
Reflections by Samantha LaMont

Reflections

A South Dakota sunset reflected in an old grainery window.

Photo page

Photographer
Samantha LaMont
Category
Still Life
Place
Carpenter, SD
Camera
Ex Z75
The Little Church On The Prairie by Michelle Erb

The Little Church On The Prairie

My cousin & I were out on one of our many explorations of the back roads of South Dakota when we came across this old church just to the north of Aberdeen, SD. I can't remember the exact date this was built, but I do know it was well over a 100 years old. The sun started to set just as we were leaving and I snapped this shot..

Photo page

Photographer
Michelle Erb
Category
Landmarks
Place
Aberdeen, SD
Camera
Nikon D5000

Very nice shot See comment

Chris Bailey
on The Little Church On The Prairie (above)
Fading Sun by Trisha Waldman

Fading Sun

The sunset slowly disappearing behind the hills.

Photo page

Photographer
Trisha Waldman
Category
Landscapes
Place
Terry Peak, SD
Camera
Dslr A100
Sunrise near Brookings by Zach Dosch

Sunrise near Brookings

A colorful sunrise off of I-29...

Photo page

Photographer
Zach Dosch
Category
Weather
Place
Brookings, SD
Camera
Canon Eos 40 D
A Days End by Jamie Hines

A Days End

This setting sun reflects on the smoke on a cool November afternoon. This storage plant outside of Mina is used by many farmers.

Photo page

Photographer
Jamie Hines
Category
Landscapes
Place
Mina, SD
Camera
Canon Eos 50 D
Sunrise by Brad Larson

Sunrise

A beautiful sunrise seen on a winter morning in LaMoure County.

Photo page

Photographer
Brad Larson
Category
Weather
Place
Berlin, ND
Camera
Coolpix S51

Showcased Challenge

EC Shadows Of The Morning by Michelle Erb

Fog

The best way to add depth to a sunrise or sunset shot? Fog. We challenged Capture Dakota photographers to get out there and capture the perfect fog shot. The response was fantastic. The number of quality photo submissions was truly overwhelming. Our editors loved Michelle Erb's Shadows of the Morning photo, above. The People's Choice prize went to Jan Siemucha's photo, right. Take a moment and explore the other great Fog Challenge submissions.

Challenge page

  • 1 Focal Point  ! by Jan Siemucha
  • 2 God's Rays ! by Jan Siemucha
  • 3 "All Fogged In" by Jeff Medley
  • 4 Autumn Sunrise ! by Jan Siemucha
  • 5 "A Storm Moving In" by Jeff Medley
  • 6 Fading Away by Michelle Erb
  • 7 Tranquility by Angela Bieber
  • 8 Fog on the River at Dawn by Stacie Wasem
Sunset Over Water by Alaina Schmeiser

Sunset Over Water

Taken east of Aberdeen

Photo page

Photographer
Alaina Schmeiser
Category
Landscapes
Place
Aberdeen, SD
Camera
Canon Eos Rebel T1i
Sunrise Through the Pines by Carissa Aberle

Sunrise Through the Pines

Beautiful morning for a hike up to the Strato Bowl.

Photo page

Photographer
Carissa Aberle
Category
Abstract
Place
Rapid City, SD
Camera
Canon Eos Rebel T3i
Sanctuary by Penny Fedje

Sanctuary

Sunrise through the fog revealing sanctuary of church southwest of Sisseton.

Photo page

Photographer
Penny Fedje
Category
Architecture
Place
Grenville, SD
Camera
Dmc Fz18
Sunset Shed by Ron Keller

Sunset Shed

Another beautiful South Dakota sunset seen through an old abandoned shed. Taken just outside Aberdeen.

Photo page

Photographer
Ron Keller
Category
Architecture
Place
Aberdeen, SD
Camera
Nikon D80
Harvest Haze by Michelle Erb

Harvest Haze

This evening's sunset was made that much more breathtaking by this haze that rolled in!

Photo page

Photographer
Michelle Erb
Category
Landscapes
Place
Aberdeen, SD
Camera
Nikon D7000
Mirrored by Colin Hutchison

Mirrored

Oahe Dam Sunrise

Photo page

Photographer
Colin Hutchison
Category
Landscapes
Place
Pierre, SD
Camera
Canon Eos Digital Rebel Xs
Sandhills in the Sunset by Benjamin Krueger

Sandhills in the Sunset

Sandhill Crane Sunset

Photo page

Photographer
Benjamin Krueger
Category
Wildlife
Place
Ipswich, SD
Camera
Nikon D80
Dragonfly at Sunset by Nancy Dahme

Dragonfly at Sunset

One of the many dragonflies spotted during an evening walk.

Photo page

Photographer
Nancy Dahme
Category
Insects
Place
Aberdeen, SD
Camera
Canon Power Shot S3 Is
New Underwood Sunset by Connor Young

New Underwood Sunset

Sunset near New Underwood

Photo page

Photographer
Connor Young
Category
Landscapes
Place
New Underwood, SD
Camera
E 620
Sunset at the Elevator by Ron Keller

Sunset at the Elevator

Taken just east of Aberdeen, an elevator at sunset reminds us of the life blood to our economy in the Dakotas.

Photo page

Photographer
Ron Keller
Category
Industry
Place
Aberdeen, SD
Camera
Nikon D80

Nice silhouette. Interesting shot. Like. See comment

Don Pageler
on Sunset at the Elevator (above)
Foggy fall sunrise by Peggi Lee Badten

Foggy fall sunrise

The foggy sunrise on the morning of October 20th.

Photo page

Photographer
Peggi Lee Badten
Category
Landscapes
Place
Aberdeen, SD
Camera
Nikon D60
Snow Geese at Sunset by Chris Bailey

Snow Geese at Sunset

Snow Geese descend upon a picked cornfield to feed.

Photo page

Photographer
Chris Bailey
Category
Wildlife
Place
Huron, SD
Camera
Canon Eos 50 D
Eastern Dakota Hunt by April Worlie

Eastern Dakota Hunt

A setting sun signals the end of a successful hunt.

Photo page

Photographer
April Worlie
Category
Hunting & Fishing
Place
Pierre, SD
Camera
Canon Eos Digital Rebel Xt

The lens flare is a nice touch. This is a great photo to examine closely. You captured many great elements at once.

Editor
on Eastern Dakota Hunt (above)
October Sunset by Cindy Eilers

October Sunset

horses on the horizon

Photo page

Photographer
Cindy Eilers
Category
Ranching
Place
Wessington Springs, SD
Camera
Canon Eos Digital Rebel X Ti
Sunrise  by Dylan Dybedahl

Sunrise

This morning

Photo page

Photographer
Dylan Dybedahl
Category
Still Life
Place
Dell Rapids, SD
Camera
Nikon D5100
Fire In the Sky by Becky Streier

Fire In the Sky

The setting sun creates a firey glow along Hwy. 10

Photo page

Photographer
Becky Streier
Category
Landscapes
Place
Sisseton, SD
Camera
Canon Power Shot Sx10 Is
Sun Setting Over the Missouri by Carissa Aberle

Sun Setting Over the Missouri

Another beautiful sunset in SD.

Photo page

Photographer
Carissa Aberle
Category
Landscapes
Place
Mobridge, SD
Camera
Canon Eos Rebel T3i
Summer Storm Sunset by Michelle Erb

Summer Storm Sunset

Taken just before a summer storm rolled into Aberdeen

Photo page

Photographer
Michelle Erb
Category
Landscapes
Place
Aberdeen, SD
Camera
Nikon D5000
Icicle by Samantha LaMont

Icicle

Just a plain icicle against a beautiful sunset.

Photo page

Photographer
Samantha LaMont
Category
Still Life
Place
Carpenter, SD
Camera
Nikon D3000
Evening Catch by Theresa DeRienzo

Evening Catch

Sunset on lake Poinsett

Photo page

Photographer
Theresa DeRienzo
Category
Landscapes
Place
Estelline, SD
Camera
Nikon D80
Maize Sunset by Peggi Lee Badten

Maize Sunset

Sun sets behind the corn in our backyard. It was one of those blazing hot days of early August and you could feel the heat coming off of the corn.

Photo page

Photographer
Peggi Lee Badten
Category
Landscapes
Place
Aberdeen, SD
Camera
Nikon D60
Parked To View The Dakota Sunset by Anthony Kosobud

Parked To View The Dakota Sunset

A Dakota sunset viewed from a classic near Onida SD

Photo page

Photographer
Anthony Kosobud
Category
Landscapes
Place
Onida, SD
Camera
Dslr A550
just outta town. by Morgan Peterson

just outta town.

sunsets & sillouttes.

Photo page

Photographer
Morgan Peterson
Category
Friends & Family
Place
Oakes, ND
Camera
Canon Eos Digital Rebel Xs
pink winter sunset by katie pyn

pink winter sunset

I don't like the snow and cold all that much-but man does mother nature know how to show some color when it's cold.

Photo page

Photographer
katie pyn
Category
Landscapes
Place
Hurley, SD
Camera
U1000/S1000
And the Cowboy Rides Away by Kendra Perry Koski

And the Cowboy Rides Away

Riding off into the Sunset at the Black Hills Photo Shootout

Photo page

Photographer
Kendra Perry Koski
Category
Ranching
Place
Spearfish, SD
Camera
Canon Eos Rebel T1i
Rollin' into town by Melody Schlichenmayer-Nelson

Rollin' into town

train

Photo page

Photographer
Melody Schlichenmayer-Nelson
Category
Transportation
Place
Huron, SD
Camera
Nikon D3000
Sunrise at Black Dog by Janelyn Maguire

Sunrise at Black Dog

This Sunrise was taken at Black Dog Ranch north of Pierre

Photo page

Photographer
Janelyn Maguire
Category
Weather
Place
Pierre, SD
Camera
Nikon D5000
8:00 A.M. by Dana Nelson

8:00 A.M.

morning mist rising with the heat of the sun making way for another great day.

Photo page

Photographer
Dana Nelson
Category
Landscapes
Place
Lake City, SD
Camera
Canon Power Shot Sx30 Is

This one is my fav! Love it. I can feel it! See comment

Deb Lee Carson
on 8:00 A.M. (above)
Toward the Setting Sun by Cole Adema

Toward the Setting Sun

A boater on Lake Kampeska takes his boat into the dock as the sun gives its last light of the day.

Photo page

Photographer
Cole Adema
Category
Recreation
Place
Watertown, SD
Camera
Fine Pix S5700 S700
The Prairie Sky by Michelle Erb

The Prairie Sky

One of South Dakota's amazing sunsets!

Photo page

Photographer
Michelle Erb
Category
Landscapes
Place
Aberdeen, SD
Camera
Nikon D5000
Badlands Sunset by Bryan Kriech

Badlands Sunset

Beautiful sunset at Badlands National Park

Photo page

Photographer
Bryan Kriech
Category
Landscapes
Place
Wall, SD
Camera
Nikon D5000

The lines of the silhouette are so sharp. Superb photo!

Editor
on Badlands Sunset (above)
Dakota Sunrise by Doug Dreyer

Dakota Sunrise

A winter sunrise north of Miller South Dakota

Photo page

Photographer
Doug Dreyer
Category
Landscapes
Place
Miller, SD
Camera
Nikon D100
Golden by Brooke Lepp

Golden

A single strand of prairie grass glistens in the setting sun

Photo page

Photographer
Brooke Lepp
Category
Plants
Place
Mandan, ND
Camera
Nikon D5000

Showcased Photographer

Storm Cloud by Ron Keller

Ron KellerRon Keller

  • 245 photos
  • 45713 votes
  • 168 followers

Ron is a great sunset photographer. One look at his profile and you'll see why we picked him as the showcased photographer for the Sunrise & Sunset showcase. He's also a very active voter, having nearly 7,000 votes so far. Thanks, Ron, for your photo submissions and votes!

Ron Keller's Profile

  • What U Lookin' At? by Ron Keller
  • Sunset Shed by Ron Keller
  • Come on In by Ron Keller
  • Construction Silhouette by Ron Keller
  • Rays of Light by Ron Keller
  • Sunset on the Frozen Pond by Ron Keller
  • Over the Hills and Far Away by Ron Keller
  • Old Shed at Sundown by Ron Keller
Dock in a Dream by Penny Fedje

Dock in a Dream

Pickerel Lake

Photo page

Photographer
Penny Fedje
Category
Landscapes
Place
Grenville, SD
Camera
Dmc Fz18
Knee Deep by Anna Meidinger

Knee Deep

Labrador in pond at sunset

Photo page

Photographer
Anna Meidinger
Category
Pets
Place
Wishek, ND
Camera
Nikon D5000
Rising Mist. by Dana Nelson

Rising Mist.

The rising sun creates a lite fog on Six Mile Lake.

Photo page

Photographer
Dana Nelson
Category
Still Life
Place
Lake City, SD
Camera
Canon Power Shot Sx20 Is
Brown Country Fair at Dusk by Stacie Wasem

Brown Country Fair at Dusk

Watching the rides at sunset at The 2011 Brown County Fair

Photo page

Photographer
Stacie Wasem
Category
Entertainment
Place
Aberdeen, SD
Camera
Coolpix L100
A Perfect Dakota Sunset by Anthony Kosobud

A Perfect Dakota Sunset

A Beautiful Fall Sunset Over A CRP Field West Of Pierre SD

Photo page

Photographer
Anthony Kosobud
Category
Landscapes
Place
Pierre, SD
Camera
Dslr A550
Lemonade Sunrise by Scott Hendricks

Lemonade Sunrise

A bright yellow sunrise comes to farmland about 5 miles north of Canton, Lincoln County, South Dakota. --- ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/320 second exposure

Photo page

Photographer
Scott Hendricks
Category
Landscapes
Place
Canton, SD
Camera
E 510
Colorful Sundown by Lauren Pretorius

Colorful Sundown

Sunset on Roy lake after a storm. Colors always seem so vivid after storms!

Photo page

Photographer
Lauren Pretorius
Category
Landscapes
Place
Lake City, SD
Camera
unknown
sunset peaking through.jpg by Fr. Tony Grossenburg

sunset peaking through.jpg

Note the sunset peaking through the hole in this old, lopsided building.

Photo page

Photographer
Fr. Tony Grossenburg
Category
Landscapes
Place
Maple Leaf, SD
Camera
Canon Eos 50 D

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