Paul Moertl  

Mount Rushmore by Paul Moertl

November 2021 - Mount Rushmore

November 2021 - Paul Moertl


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While in Rapid City with the PSA Conference, on a field trip we came to Mount Rushmore. Quite a sculpture. The pictures I have here were taken on a very sunny day, and I tried to keep the brightness down. However, it didn't work well, since I had my ISO too high. What I like about the mono is that the sky is dark and not distracting. Info:

ISO 800; f/11; 1/1500 sec.

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6 comments posted

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Your ISO is not too high. In my view the exposure is fine and you could have gone higher. Image is sharp with good quality. I took your original in to Luminar AI to make the BW and darkened the sky. Tried to make the composition a little more interesting. I thought the crop a little tight. Added a vignette to bring the eye into the center.   Posted: 11/10/2021 15:21:30
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Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Paul, I have never been to Mount Rushmore and this photo really shows the magnitude of it. The trees in the foreground also lead into the monument nicely. I agree with Chuck that the crop is too tight. And darkening the sky gives it an even more majestic feel. Nice image in monochrome.   Posted: 11/13/2021 17:59:26

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Paul, I prefer this image in monochrome which, to me, makes it more of an art piece than a travel image (not that there is anything wrong with travel images). I don't mind the square crop but I do think the wider panorama allows the trees to better lead our eye into the frame. I would not darken the sky quite as much as in Chuck's version but might selectively lighten the rock faces just a little.   Posted: 11/13/2021 22:35:47

Kerry Koenig
Hi Paul. Great photo. I really like your original color photo for a few reasons. First the variation in stone color is so earthy, beautiful and complementary to the total image. Second the harmony of the composition in it's totality is dynamic but serene. The lack of cropping, the colors, and the ascending/descending treeline all bring focus to the faces. I think your initial instincts were right on when you took the picture which means you have a really good eye. Not everyone has that. And in monochrome I do like the darkened background.   Posted: 11/19/2021 15:47:05

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I like both the color and moochrome versions and agree with the otheres that the crop in your monochrome image is a little too tight. I would add more contrast and details to the rocks which I think gives it more depthand interest.   Posted: 11/20/2021 13:29:24
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Paul Moertl   Paul Moertl
Thank you all for nice suggestions and nice comments.   Posted: 11/20/2021 16:36:29