Explorer Tour

08.2019 Explorer Tour: Almsommer in Tyrol II

Destination: Tyrol, Austria

Travel dates: 03./04.08.2019

Pickup: München, Innsbruck

Spot available: BOOKED

Price: on request

  • incl. travel expenses (München > different spots in Tyrol > München, ca. 600 km)
  • incl. accommodation for 1 or 2 nights
  • incl. snacks and drinks
  • incl. breakfast
  • excl. meals

Topic: In June and July the “Almsommer” starts in the higher pastures of the alps. I will travel several weekends and will visit different alps in South Tyrol and Tyrol. The travel dates depend on the weather conditions. Pack your hiking boots and be prepared to hike up some pastures. Usually we will spend half a day on one pasture and so we will have 2 appointments a day. I will make sure we can have at least one early morning and one late night shoot so we can capture the best light. In between we will visit different breeders and will get the chance to take more pictures there.

Photo equipment: Each high pasture is a little different and with your standard 70-200mm lens you can’t do nothing wrong. I however do recommend also at least one wide-angle lens with e.g. 35mm or 24mm or even less, so you can capture the wonderful panorama of the mountains. I have good experiences with my 24-105mm lens for such trips. Don’t forget a lot of free space on your flash cards, you will take hundreds and thousands of pictures on one weekend.

Outfit and tack: It can be very hot depending how high we will go up in the mountains and it is very common to have fast weather. In the shade, mornings or evenings it can be very chilly, even if it is a hot summer day. Mist or rain can come up very fast and unexpected. So please pack also jackets and maybe a scarf. We will hike up a lot, so proper hiking boots are a must, to protect your feet and give you enough grip. Get a good backpack for your camera, water and snacks, which is comfortable to wear and maybe hiking sticks. And don’t forget sunscreen and a hat, we will be closer to the sun 🙂


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.

  • Weekend or extended weekend tour
  • Around 2-4 photo sessions a day
  • Personal coaching in your field of interest (optional)
  • Only one (or max. 2) spots available

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!

Do you want to see photos of past Explorer Tours on Instagram? Have a look at #explorer_tour and see the results of the other photographers who joined me for a tour.

  • Have you ever heard of the Kinsky horse? These very fine and elegant warmblood horses with high percentage throurougbred are native to the Czech Republic. Because most of the horses are palomino, they are also called Golden Horses. Back in the days the Kinsky was very popular amongst Hunters and Racing, but then they almost got absorbed by the Czech Warmblood. Nowadays they are endangered and only approx. 1000 specimen are left world wide, the breed got very rare and endangered.
During our Explorer Tour towards Hungary we met the wonderful and passionate breeder JK Izabel Zadražany @jkizabel and learned a lot about the breed and it was also the first time I got in touch with Kinsky horses. What about you, did you know the "Golden Horses" from Bohemia?

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  • It’s Friday! Do you have any weekend plans? Mine will be quiet and won’t involve any travelling for once 🚐💨 but I will visit my most favourite Haflinger stallion to make some autumnal photos, can you guess who I will visit? And also I will mee with @lindenmayer_fotografie for some dog shots. This weekend the weather should be great, after days of rain! But we all now, a nice horse stays nice in the rain, just like this super awesome Bavarian draft horse stallion Sambuco 😍 taken during one of my Explorer Tours. 
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  • Have you ever heard of the Karachan horse? These are hardy warmblood from the Caucasus region of Karachay, in Russia and related to the Kabardin horse. Karachan horses had to survive in very hard conditions for centuries and are therefore very easy to keep, to feed and to please. On their home they grow up in big semi wild herds in the mountains and later are used to long distance treks.l, for example for border patrols. A little herd found its way to Europe and now call the Czech Republic their home. The breeders try to keep the original conditions to keep the horses healthy. The breed is not made for shows and may not be very fashionable, the mostly black and dark bay horses are very simple and functional. But I of course couldn’t stop making a little portrait session and tickle some elegance and beauty out of them. On the first picture is the mare Izba with her biiiiiig eye and very elegant and dry head, the other two pictures show Arion, a gelding with a very rare marking (most horses have so markings at all). If you are looking for a horse to patrol borders 😛 do long distance treks, need a hardy and simple horse that can go through extreme weather or hard treks, w horse that is your partner in crime, the Karachay horse might be a good match. Thank you to @karacajevskykun for this day 🥰

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  • Der Spätsommer ist eine magische Jahreszeit - jetzt haben wir besonders oft diese wunderschönen farbenfroh funkelnden Sonnenuntergänge 🤩

Dieses Bild entstand auf meiner #explorer_tour mit @thepixelnomad
Gemeinsam sind wir durch Tschechien, Slowakei und Ungarn gereist um besondere Pferderassen kennenzulernen und zu fotografieren.

Auf diesem Bild seht ihr eine Herde Karaschaever. Der Karaschaever ist ein robustes russisches Warmblut das früher in der Kavallerie eingesetzt wurde. Nachdem die russische Staatszucht eingestellt wurde stand dem gesamten Bestand die Schlachtung bevor. Die Züchter von @karacajevskykun haben eine Zuchtpopulation aufgekauft und haben heute über 50 dieser tollen Pferde - aktuell auch Verkaufspferde! Wer einen robusten, vielseitigen und natürlich aufgewachsenen Freizeitpartner sucht, sollte unbedingt mal unter www.karacajevskykun.cz rein schauen oder Simona direkt anschreiben! Sie ist eine tolle Frau die mit viel Herzblut am Erhalt dieser einzigartigen Pferde arbeitet 
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  • Was ein ausdrucksstarkes Köpfchen. Auch dieser Kerl durfte den Sommer auf der Alm verbringen. Und entstanden ist das Bild auf der #explorer_tour mit @thepixelnomad. Wir waren gestern auf einem Fest im Freilichtmuseum in Kommern. Viele Kaltblüter und Rinder waren zu sehen. Viele alte Anspannungen und traditionelle Wagen konnte man begutachten. Unter anderem auch die Arbeit im Wald mit den Pferden. Eine Arbeit die mir bis vor einem Jahr gar nicht so richtig bewusst war. Dafür jetzt umso mehr, und eine Arbeit die ich immer sehr gerne beobachte und fotografisch festhalte. 😀⁣
#laujumaphotograpyh #muli #alm #almleben #equinephotography #horsephotography #bestofequines #mountainhigh #europaspferde #pferdeschoenheiten #equinephotolove ⁣#paard #mountainliving #caballo #mountainclimbers #visittirol #wandern #hiking #cheval #österreich #wilderness #almsommer #mountainlife #portrait #getoutside
  • I'm 𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝑮𝒆𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒚, the Explorer Tour is over 😫 to be honest this time I'm also pretty exhausted after having 𝟏𝟔 𝒑𝒉𝒐𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 with multiple locations 𝒊𝒏 𝟕 𝒅𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝟑 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔! I have around 400 GB photos and videos and even more than 100 GB drone footage. Who is going to edit all these pictures?? 😂 This will be my job until Christmas now 😆 ⁣
This photo was taken in the Danube river, the border between Slovakia and Hungary. 𝑫𝒊𝒙𝒊, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝑯𝒖𝒄𝒖𝒍 𝒇𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒚 was taking a bath on this very hot late summer day and I enjoyed taking pictures there. The 𝒟𝒶𝓃𝓊𝒷𝑒 is my favourite river, because it has it's source in southern Germany and travels through many countries, collecting stories and history (just like me 😎😇)⁣
And to be honest, I didn't expect to make a water session with horses again this year. ⁣
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  • KLADRUBER! This is one of the breeds I always dreamed of having a photo session with. This nose! These melancholic eyes! This expression! Such unique horses. And visit I g the national stud Kladruby nad Labem is one of the absolute highlights of my Explorer Tour and i have to admit one of the most impressive and beautiful studs I have ever visited. Have you been in Kladruby? Or do you know Kladruber horses?
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  • Hello from Czech Republic! We started our Explorer Tour and here is a first result. I’m very curious if you know this breed? They have many names, because the transcription is always different. This little foal called Alexandra and is one of the very rare Karachai horses. Or Karachay. Or Karachaevsky. These horses are originally from the Russian Caucasus and some of them found a home in the beautiful Czech Republic. Follow my stories and @mr_reitsportfotografie  in the next days to join the adventure! Ahoj!
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  • Ein Gruß aus dem Krankenlager. 😂⁣
Passt der Look von dem Haflingerhengst nicht perfekt zum aktuellen Wetter? Vom Winde verweht würde ich sagen. Freut ihr euch auf den Herbst oder hättet ihr gerne noch was vom Sommer gehabt? ⁣
So, ich verziehe mich jetzt wieder stillschweigend in mein Bett😜 genießt den Abend❤⁣
Entstanden während der Explorer Tour mit @thepixelnomad⁣⁣⁣⁣
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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.


  • Each tour has an individual price, contact me before the tour
  • Don't be allergic or afraid of dogs
  • Basic level of fitness for tours with hiking
  • Explorer Tours are very intense and have a tough schedule
  • No regular booking: Please apply to the tour and let's have a chat to find out, if we will get along well
  • The Pixel trade: offer me your goods or service with equal value and we can have a deal.


  • Unique photo models and locations
  • 2-4 photo sessions per day
  • Reasonable accommodation
  • Pick-up from station or airport
  • Transport and travel costs during tour
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Discussions & inspiration
  • General performance and instructions

Additional costs

  • Individual coaching within your personal need and interest (optional)
  • Food and meals
  • Arrival / travel expenses to pick-up
  • Fitting gear and tack, depending on the tour topic
  • Your camera equipment
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