We trekked uphill carrying our long lenses and cameras for 12 days in temperatures that hit well below freezing, with the oxygen in the air barely quenching our lungs. With each exhausted step I took in calf deep snow, I began to think of my self as exceptionally foolish for choosing to film a snow leopard expedition for my Masters dissertation film with zero budget. But sometimes risks are worth it, and after our final day of trekking we saw an incredibly beautiful snow leopard emerge from behind a large rock, jump behind another boulder, and vanish again. My hands were so cold I could only just manage to pull the focus ring on my lens. But those few seconds of footage will always be invaluable to me as I'd just witnessed an animal that I had dreamed of having a glimpse of since I was a child.
*I took this picture through a spotting scope, the actual footage belongs in the film.
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