Photo post: Three distinct looks at Mt. Rushmore

The family and I just got back from a trip to western North Dakota and South Dakota. It was my first visit to Mount Rushmore. Some folks from the Fargo-Moorhead area may gasp at that, but having grown up in Tennessee (mostly), it wasn’t a particularly convenient travel destination for my family.

Of course, I took my camera along. It was fun shooting because our route from Fargo to Medora, N.D. to Mount Rushmore and back to Fargo offered a wide range of landscape to capture. I’ll be sharing more of those photos here over the coming days. (Actually, I already posted a few of the images here.)

Today, I start with three different looks at Mount Rushmore (I’ll likely add a fourth later). I was looking forward to ¬†photographing the monument, but it’s also because it’s a subject that has been photographed so very much. After all, it’s visited by¬†nearly three million people each year. How can you possibly catch something new?

Well, I don’t know if I really got anything new, but maybe I got a couple of shots that are at least a little different that most. Let me know what you think.

I do a lot of night photography, in general, and I tried to bring those skills to bear on this subject. I like to think that having a view of the blurry people below helps add a little interest to the topic and give it a touch of the surreal. I also like the blue-yellow color contrast. I may go back and bring out the people below more so that they show up better.

A black-and-white version of the monument. The fact that it’s basically monochromatic in the first place helps make Mount Rushmore a good subject for black-and-white. Also the the sublime majesty and the sense of history and reverence that it evokes also help make it a good B&W subject. I may go back and lighten this one a bit, though I do want to maintain the dark feel. (You can click on this image to get a larger view.)

This is my favorite of these images. I like the contrast of the immovability and solidity of the face in the monument with the blurry, moving, fleeting figures of the people below. I also like the color and light of the audience juxtaposed with the gray of the monument.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and look at these images. If you enjoyed them, feel free check out more of my images here.

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