Hello! After a week of being back, I finally have everything together to post about my camping trip. For anyone who didn’t even know I was gone(I don’t blame you), this was my first time camping ever. I haven’t even been on vacation in a while, so this is one of the few serious outings I’ve been on with my SLR which is always exciting. To make it even better, this is the prettiest fall season I’ve seen since taking up photography as a hobby. I live about an hour away from the biggest city(oh why) which does provide me with lots of greenery, but I am still in a neighborhood which makes forest photos hard to do(unless I want to sneak into someone down the street’s yard). And the few trees in my yard don’t even come close to imitating the truly beautiful multicolored canopy of autumn. That’s when this trip came to the rescue! My family had the intention of camping this summer, but we were not able to because of work and such. So when we finally were able to, summer and it’s precious warmth were long gone, but a new opportunity awaited. We camped at Amicalola State Park which is quite popular this time of year since it’s in the mountains. Of course the focus of my photo taking would be my beloved figures, so I packed up two nendoroids, seven figmas, my two dolls, and all of their clothes for the trip. Looking back, it would have been ok to bring a few scales as well, but I prefer not to risk it when going somewhere new.
With everything together, we headed to the site.
Forgetting that it is logically colder up north, I packed shorts and t shirts with a pair of thin jeans “just in case”. This was a terrible idea because it was cold. Especially at night. I spent a lot of time in my pajama pants…
Anyway, the camp site was nestled within a lovely wooded area which gave me the opportunity to not only photograph my figures among the leaves, but have a little privacy as well which is always nice since lying on the ground to take pictures of tiny people doesn’t exactly fall into the realm of normal things to do while camping.
After a cold night on the hard ground, the next day(our only full day there) proved to be much more promising. We built a fire, and I got to work on my pictures!
Deciding just who to bring can be difficult and proves even more so the more figures you get. Bringing both nendoroids and dolls was no problem, but for the figmas I only brought those dressed in autumn colors or the characters I thought would work well in a forest.
You’ll soon notice that I mostly kept the figures in the same pose and photographed them from different angles. This isn’t the most creative thing to do, but when you’re in such a pretty place, it’s hard to resist putting the focus on the environment and testing how the figure fits in with it.
For Nadeko, I ended up with a lot of silvery morning backgrounds which bleaches her colors a bit, but still provides an unconventional effect.
Also, I can’t help but be reminded of The Road Less Taken while looking at these.
A cool thing about nature photography(especially in a new place) is that you never quite know what you’re going to end up with. With your only control being over your subject, the best you can do is capture what’s there. And once you master the art of capturing whatever you come across(gotta catch ’em all), the results are wonderful.
What I really like is when photography attains that ephemeral quality that takes it beyond “Look, a flower!” and into “Is that even real?”. I hope to reach that one day!
Next up was Tsukihi who I brought partly because she hasn’t been played with in months, but also because I thought her blue yukata would provide a welcome contrast!
Then it was Reimu’s turn!
I chose Reimu because of her lovely red outfit. Reimu had an autumn shoot in her review. Times have changed for the better since then!
I then stopped for a while and waited until we went for a hike later in the afternoon.
For the hike, I took along Tamaki and Kagura who had so far received little attention.
And we’re off! We walked to the lookout over the waterfall and took a trail down the mountain that I had never been on before.
We then proceeded down the trail!
I’ve always lived in areas with a lot of trees, so being able to see for such a long distance is really a treat.
One of my ideal picturesque images is a flat green area where you can still see snow covered mountains. I think it’s so pretty!
We soon entered a wooded part of the trail where I was able to get some good shots of Kagura and Tamaki.
Posing them was difficult since I was on a hill and in a bit of a hurry to take my pictures before more people came down the trail.
Returning to the camp site, we ate hamburgers(beautiful beautiful hamburgers) and spent a night subjected to the loudest wind I have ever heard(strong wind + a forest of dead leaves = no sleep). The next morning, we packed up, and although I did enjoy the trip, I was more than happy to return home, not just for the glorious heat, but also because of something else which I’ll cover in another post.
That brings my first ever camping trip(and with figures nonetheless) to a close. I enjoyed it, and am happy to have so many pictures to remember it by!