Travel dates: 08.-10.11.2019 (3 days)
Destination: Sachsen, Berlin, Brandenburg in Germany
Pickup: München or close to the highway (Autobahn A9)
Spot available: 1 spot
Price: on request, calculated individually depending on route. The price of this tour is mainly to cover costs.
- incl. travel expenses
- incl. accommodation during tour
- incl. donation to the NGOs we will visit
- incl. snacks and drinks
- incl. breakfast
- excl. meals
Topic: Let’s explore wild and free living horses. We will visit different NGO and non NGO projects with free living Konik, Przewalski, Exmoor and Tarpan horses. The horses live free and (semi) wild on vast areas without fences and in different natural habitats. It is a perfect opportunity to observe and document equine behaviour and how the herds live in summer. We will have 6 appointments in 3 days and try to spend half a day in each project.
Photo equipment: The horses live in wide areas and in many projects we can observe more wildlife. I recommend lenses with 200mm or even up to 400mm. It also can happen that the herds are curious and close, so a flexible zoom would be a good choice to take portraits.
Outfit and tack: Prepare for cold and rainy November weather. Important is to bring good shoes because we will hike to each herd and some live in damp marshlands and the roads are often sandy. Pack a good jacket/hat/gloves or whatever keeps you warm.
Fitness: Tours including hiking require a basic level of fitness or at least you should be determined to reach the destination (at your pace 😉 ). I’m also a slow hiker compared to the mountain folk, but I have a strong will to grow beyond my limits. (the photos will be worth it and after a few days you will forget the pain). This tour has no mountains, but we might walk a few km a day in the grasslands.
Weather: we will take pictures in any weather, except in thunder storms or unbearable rain. Weather in the mountains can be extreme and slightly unpredictable, but safety is more important than being struck by lightning for a horse photo. Worst case, the sessions on a mountain or exposed area must be cancelled.
Social: The Explorer Tour is very intense and we will spend much time together. For this reason I reserve the right to pick the best candidate for a tour, to ensure we will get along well. My two dogs travel with us and it is important that you are not afraid nor allergic of dogs.
Your Equine Photography Adventure starts here
Join me on one of my scouting tours and discover new horses and new locations with me. During my micro photo tours I’m on the constant search for new exciting models and breathtaking backgrounds. therefore I’m travelling for a weekend or a few days in Germany or in the neighbour countries and schedule photo sessions: from the vast beaches of the North Sea to the panoramic summits of the Alps, in forests and fields, in castles and barns.
Each Explorer Tour is unique! And each tour is a micro adventure. Discover rare equine breeds, free horses, golden Haflingers and other horse beauties with me.
Exciting and intense
The explorer tour is no wellness holiday 😉 depending on the distances I will organise 2 to 4 photo sessions a day. This can be exhausting and we will also spend a lot of time on the road. We will meet horses who have never had a shooting before and are unknown to the community. At the same time I also enjoy meeting experienced horse models which are a dream to work with. Each Explorer Tour is unique, individual and a small adventure.
Perform photography on a new level
How to handle unexperienced horses? How to check out the location and search for the best spots? How to instruct the owner and helpers for the best poses? How to work flexible and spontaneous in a short amount of time? How to tickle the best out of a situation? How to process the photos a whole session in Adobe Bridge and Lightroom? How to tackle hard-to-edit pictures in Photoshop? How to manage and secure all the data?
I can teach you in a broad field of techniques and efficient workflows or guide you through your photographic problems.
No teacher-student situation wanted? Don't worry, we can also meet at eye level and inspire each other by sharing our photographic secrets and enjoy the tour.
Upcoming Explorer Tours
Have a look at my plans and don't hesitate to contact and book. I usually have only one spot available!
Each Explorer Tour is highly individual and I don't intend to repeat identical tours. Compared to a planned and scheduled Photo Expedition, we will be confronted with the unexpected and some Explorer Tours can be surprising. This is why the Explorer Tours have reasonable prices and are mainly calculated to cover the costs. Please contact me for price and detail of a tour.
Application. Explorer Tours are very intense and we will spend much time together. For this reason I reserve the right to pick the best candidate for a tour, to ensure we will get along well.
Dates. Most tours are published on short notice because they are dependent on weather conditions and on my schedule. I generally don’t publish any schedules because details are subjects to change until the travel date. You may always contact me for my unpublished travel plans.
Dogs. My two dogs travel with us and it is important that you are not afraid nor allergic of dogs.
Fitness. Tours including hiking require a basic level of fitness or at least a determination to grow beyond your limits.
Private Usage. All Photos can be used for your portfolio, your website, social media accounts and your private usage. For the owners and models you need to send 3 edited photos per session not later than 6 months after our tour.
Commercial Usage. Commercial use is possible, if you send 10 photos per session not later than 3 months after our tour, or at least before the intended commercial usage.
Locations. You may publish the locations of our sessions on your social media channels with the location tag or with a hashtag. But never forward the details of the tour, the exact locations, contacts to owners or schedule to anybody else, also if you are asked about. Everybody should do their own research.
Publishing. Please use the hashtag #explorer_tour and „Picture made during the Explorer Tour with @thepixelnomad“ (or something similar) when publishing the photos.
Experience. You should have a basic experience in photography and know your camera. Coaching is an optional offer for specific horse photography related topics, but the Explorer Tour is no ideal condition to teach you the basics of photography.
Idea. The Explorer Tour is mostly a scouting tour or connected to my free projects. The concept of the tour is to share the experiences and locations with other photographers, connect and inspire and to cover the costs of such a trip.
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