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View from the Sculpture’s Studio

In the last three blogs (part 1, part 2, and part 3), I featured my tourist photography on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. While I was pleased with the images thus far, I also wanted to find those unique angles that not everyone has already seen. So it was off to the Sculpture’s Studio (via the Presidential Trail) and Custer State Park for three more images.

The proposed but never finished Memorial

To summarize, when I’m on a photography shoot, I assume that I will not be returning to that place, so I shoot as often and as much as I can. I don’t want to leave a location thinking that I missed many great shots. I also know that no matter how often I attend a place, there is always more to see, more to photograph. But my “first-time eyes” see things differently, before I become jaded with the “been there, done that” bored mindset. I try to stay photographing until that “first-time wonder” fades.

Custer State Park

A day later and over 160 images later, I was ready to say goodbye to the Memorial. But as time fades and my wonder of the Memorial increases, I hope to photograph this sculpture again.

Finally, there are three reasons the Memorial was not completed: The first reason is in this blog, the second reason is in this blog. The third reason is due to the type of rock. It was not stable enough to continue the carving. If you know of other reasons, let me know.

And that’s how I spent my summer photo vacation–fourteen views later.

Custer State Park

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