I spent about an hour yesterday at Mt. Rushmore. It was much better than I was expecting, somewhat of a reverent place and spiritual experience. Mt Rushmore was essentially the idea of a man who just decided one day he wanted to build a National Monument that people all over the world would come to see. So he got the resources together to do it, and did- it was finished right around the time he died. Pretty amazing because now this is exactly what it is, a highly recognized National Monument that people all over the world are flocking to. I consider this a real life example of Field of Dreams. He built it (obviously with the help of a lot of people, including the government) and people come.
The place was absolutely PACKED and I wanted to film a short video with it over my shoulder, but there were tourists like EVERYWHERE. The same was true with shooting on Times Square, the difference being I didn’t attract any unneeded attention on Times Square…at Mt Rushmore, I did. Kids would come up and start screaming, people would try to come over and see what was up, try to talk with me. Jeez people- cant a man make a photography video in peace!?! LOL- I even walked around the whole park looking for a good place to shoot and it didnt matter, like hundreds of people everywhere I went. Anyone who has been to Mt. Rushmore will know what I am talking about.
I came up with an interesting solution to filming “Michael’s Top 5 Creative Photography Tips”, right there at Mt Rushmore, surrounded by tourists, kids and park rangers- not a single person came over to see what I was doing. It couldn’t have worked better. We have some very interesting tendencies as a culture. If you are standing talking into a camera, everyone reacts one way, if you change one little thing, they ignore you. You will see what I am talking about. Hope to post it later this afternoon / evening.
This shot wasnt intended to be a 365, it was one of the test shots I take right before I start filiming to make sure Im standing in the right spot. Of all the pictures I took at Mt. Rushmore, this just turned out to be the best. 🙂