Wild Pony at Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia

A few months ago I visited Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia, a park known for having wild ponies. They aren’t completely wild, per se, as they graze and roam in the boundaries of the park. The ponies were very tame, so much so you could walk right up to them. Unfortunately a lot of visitors feed the ponies carrots and other pony grub. It’s obviously not a good idea to feed brown bears in the Appalachian Mountains, so just because a wild pony can’t bite into your flesh, does that mean you should feed it? No?

Here is one of the photos I captured of a pony in the park. The weather was chilly and a surreal frost covered the ground and trees, but the greenery and colors still came through.

Wild pony, Grayon Highlands, Virginia

Beautiful wild pony in Grayson Highlands State Park

Relationship Between Personal Photography and Wedding Photography

Every few posts on my blog I’ll step away from wedding photography and post some fine-art photography that I’ve taken. I learned to excel in photography through my personal work and this has been a huge benefit for me in my wedding photography experiences. Yes, the two worlds can co-exist. After all, capturing a wedding implements many aspects of photography: portraiture, landscapes, photojournalism, and even macro. The knowledge and understanding I gain of photography through personal work and weddings is reciprocal.

Here is a photo I took last month of Soco Falls in Cherokee, North Carolina. For the camera geeks: this is 4 separate exposures stitched together in Photoshop. The camera was on a tripod and for each exposure I moved the camera to cover a “section” of the scene. I was fairly close to the waterfall and I wanted this shot to look really wide to pull the viewer in.

 

Soco Falls in Cherokee, North Carolina

Soco Falls in Cherokee, North Carolina

Camera/lens info : Nikon D700 with Nikkor 24mm f/2.8