Friday night Khadejeh convinced me to go camping with her at Grayson Highlands State Park, while she worked on her time lapse for our multimedia class. At first, I was honestly more interested in catching up on sleep from the past few weeks of school but as Kevin would say, “shoot now, sleep later.” That has honestly become my new motto, because missing out on an incredible opportunity to photograph beautiful landscapes, wild ponies, and to learn and grow as a photographer may only come once. Who really needs sleep when theres Red Bull and coffee, am I right?
I’ve never been camping before and let me tell you, my first experience was an interesting one, but SO much fun. After hiking up the side of a mountain with probably 50lbs of camera equipment and camping gear, we found our spot and set up for the night. We shot the stars well into the morning, just watching the Milky Way move across the sky while our cameras were time lapsing, and then woke up in time for the sunrise that morning. After the sunrise went hiking so Khadejeh could photograph the wild ponies but unfortunately we couldn’t find any. Only until we packed up and started heading back to the car is when we came across a team of ponies just grazing along the trail. We spent about an hour photographing them. I was taking photos Khadejeh trying to feed the colt some grass when he came up and started sniffing my lens, and of course I was shooting like crazy trying to capture this cute little moment.