Nikon D750, Nikkor 16-35mm / f4

If you go to the Black Hills for the first time you probably want to see Mount Rushmore National Memorial. It is impressive and definitive worth a visit. We had done this before a few years ago and skipped it this time. However, there are some interesting viewpoints around that give you a good opportunity to see the four presidents from different angles and perspectives.

The first photo was taken at a parking lot along the road that goes around the monument, called Profile Viewpoint. We didn’t have very many clouds during our time in the Black Hills, but here the deep blue sky and some white clouds brought some dynamic around the face of George Washington.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120mm / f4

Another good point to stop the car was behind one of the road tunnels south of the memorial. In both images the Ponderosa Pines lead the eye to the subject and provide some color contrast to the blue sky and clouds.