Entrance to the Mount Rushmore National Monument near Keystone, South Dakota. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 56mm focal length.
Is there a unique photo of Mount Rushmore National Memorial to be had? I heard every shutter sound at the memorial and it is a slow time of year. Thousands of photos were taken in the few hours I spent there. One evening and one morning. If you want great light on the Presidents, you want to be there in the morning. Evening is much harder as the light is coming from behind the mountain. A tripod and remote shutter release is necessary after the mountain is lighted at the conclusion of a half-hour ceremony consisting of a twenty minute movie and talk by a park ranger.
Here are my views of Mount Rushmore.
The classic Mount Rushmore photo with perfect blue sky as the background for Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/14, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length.
President George Washington through a rock outcropping at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, South Dakota. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV +0.6, 65mm focal length, spot metering.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial lighted at the end of the evening ceremony. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 8s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, tripod.