Seeing the light….again

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This week was a weird week for me. I felt like every picture I took wasn’t good enough. I shot every single day, and at the end of the day I would look through all of them and I felt like I came up short for every single one of my photos. I was making stupid mistakes, and I wasn’t in the creative mindset. Not on purpose, I just didn’t have it in me this week. Maybe it was because I was mentally and physically exhausted, and I really did need to take a break, but I didn’t actually want to take one. I tried working on my second time lapse for my multimedia class but it didn’t go well. I was making so many mistakes, I wasn’t taking my time, and I was just getting really frustrated. At this point I was done with the week and wanted it to be over as quickly as possible.

Friday, I went up to Grayson Highlands with Khadejeh to hike with her while she worked on her time lapse. I decided pretty early on in the hike that I was just going to try to relax and enjoy the nice weather. At about 6:30 the light started to change and it pretty much brought me back to life. I was exhausted from hiking and climbing all day. Khadejeh kept saying it was our “second wind” because all of a sudden we had so much energy like we had just chugged three Red Bulls. The photo above was one that I took during that time. It may not be my best, and it’s definitely not my favorite, but I had fun taking it. While shooting I was reminded how much I love light. Seeing the light change on the trees, rocks, plants, and mountains was amazing and it instantly changed my outlook on this past week.

Starry Nights and Wild Ponies

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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.