There may not be a better place in the Blue Ridge to shoot Wildlife with endless mountain back drops, it helps that the Wild Ponies of the Grayson Highlands aren’t shy either! This workshop will have a heavy focus on wildlife photography techniques, incorporating wildlife in the grand landscape and of course we will be shooting stars, sunsets and sunrises too 😀
Friday evening, Meet up in the overnight parking lot near Massey gap, where we will then hike up to one of my favorite campsites for the evening! Sunset, Stars and a fire are our typical friday night kick off plans! Saturday morning we will wake up early and see if we can line up some wild horses with the sunrise, if they happen to be hiding we will scramble up to some rocky outcroppings for the golden hour instead. After sunrise we will load up camp and hike until we come across a group of ponies. Work on Wildlife tip’s and techniques while also making our way to our next campsite. Saturday evening we will shoot to line up some ponies with the sunset. We will have the back up plan of shooting sunset on top of one of the many rocky outcroppings if the ponies are still being shy. Astro! We will have some moonlight so we will also try to be sneaky and get a photo of a Pony and some stars at night !
Sunday morning will include one more sunrise shoot, followed by a lazy breakfast and then head back to the Trailhead, go over Editing wildlife photos and any other editing questions the group might have before wrapping up for our trip ! If you have never been to Grayson, I must say this is my top 3 place in all of Appalachia! It will be my 6th trip and I have found some wonderful places to shoot and know where those ponies like to hang out!
*There will be 6 spots available on this trip
Things everyone should have :
Wider lens preferably around 18 or wider on a crop frame and 24 or wider on a full frame ( the wider the more stars you can fit! )
Telephoto Lens ( not required due to the ponies not being but will help for learning wildlife practices! )