#FeatureFriday: Platypod Max Visits Mount Rushmore!

With Tyler Schlitt

This week’s Feature Friday takes us to the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which sees an estimated 2 million visitors each year — no wonder our featured photographer called crowds his biggest challenge! Keep reading to find out how Platypod Max helped Tyler navigate the crowds to create this beautiful Mount Rushmore shot.

  Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Credit: Tyler Schlitt Photography

Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Credit: Tyler Schlitt Photography

What do you do now and how did you get into photography? I am a photographer that loves traveling, storm-chasing and taking adventures! What got me into photography was storm-chasing; I always love watching and taking photos of lightning as the storms came close to home. Well, over time I started to take more than storm photos. I started taking landscapes,  macro, animals and more.

Where can we find you online and on social? My website is TylerSchlitt.com and this is where you can find all my images in order from Black-and-White to all my landscapes. I also have a Facebook page www.facebook.com/TylerSphotography.

Tell us about your experience with landscape photography and about your experience photographing Mount Rushmore. Any story behind your visit? My experience with landscape photography is, well, I have an eye for the perfect photo sometimes. I try my hardest to get the best shot I can. With Mount Rushmore, I was planning a trip a while back when my father asked me if I would go with him and the family and I said sure. So, we headed out for a two-week trip and got to hit up some great places like Rapid City, SD while seeing Mount Rushmore and everything the Black Hills have to offer. We also got to hit up Yellowstone for a few days and then Colorado to see the fall colors and the mountains.

What was your gear setup for these pictures? I used a Canon 80D with a 100mm macro L Series lens and I used my Platypod Max.

What was the biggest challenge of getting the shots? My biggest challenge was all the people visiting Mount Rushmore. But I was still able to get the shot!

How did Platypod help you create these shots? Why do you use it? My Platypod helped me a lot, because I didn’t have to set up a tripod around all those people and worry that they might knock my camera over.

My Platypod helped me a lot, because I didn’t have to set up a tripod around all those people and worry that they might knock my camera over.

What was your favorite takeaway from these shots? What I loved about these shots was the blue sky as my background. It really helped make the image pop more.

Are you currently working on any cool projects? Right now, I am getting ready for fall in the Midwest and planning my next big trip next year!

Each Friday, we feature the work and story of our fans and followers on social media. We especially love to post stories of Platypod users and their experiences with the product. If you are interested in being featured, please email ajna@platypod.com. 

Ajna Adams