No trip to Southwestern South Dakota would be complete without a visit to Mount Rushmore. Is there anything else in South Dakota?
Anyway, pay the $10, walk up to the monument viewing area, and take a photo. I’m a tourist and I’ done. Time for lunch.
To spice it up a bit, making the photo something more than a tourist snapshot, I shot the presidents with flags in front. I really shouldn’t talk about shooting presidents, so I’ll only photograph them.
This is a nice change of pace. But what can we do to make it even more interesting. We decided to take a much less traveled route to Mount Rushmore, traveling down one-lane roads with many hairpin turns. Every so often we would come to a tunnel (these tunnels are barely one car width). When we looked through the tunnel to make sure there were no cars coming at us, we noticed something very interesting. Presidents!
We’d drive a little more and reach another tunnel.
And then we got to the last tunnel.
Then, with Mount Rushmore looming, we stopped on the side of the road, scaled a rocky hill, and took this shot.
Now we have interesting shots of a very common scene. The goal is to make the common, uncommon.
Remember, it’s all about the light!