Explorer Tour

09.2019 Explorer Tour: Former Austria’s Forgotten Horses

Travel dates: 12.9.-18.9.2019

Destination: Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary

Pickup: tbd.

Spot available: BOOKED

Priceon request, calculated individually

  • incl. travel expenses
  • incl. accommodation during tour
  • incl. snacks and drinks
  • excl. meals

Topic: Let’s explore Forgotten Horse breeds of Former Austria, meaning the former royal-emperial Austria-Hungary monarchy. The Dual-monarchy produced very fine horse breeds which survived the fall of the empire and still exist today โ€” yet they are almost forgotten and at risk! Royal show horses such as Lipizzan and Kladruber horses, as well as cavalry breeds which influenced the modern warmblood breeds like Furioso-North Star, Gidran, Przedswit and Nonius, Shagya-Arabians, draft horses and mountain ponies are on our list. We will trace down different rare breeds in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Hungary and have photo sessions on national studs as well as with private persons.

Photo equipment: We will have mainly staged photo sessions with portraits, running free herds and ridden or driven sessions. You can’t do nothing wrong with your standard 70-200 mm Iens, but I strongly encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and take the opportunity to try out new lenses. To include landscapes, a 35 mm is a good choice, and to be more flexible a 24-105 mm or similar zoom is a great alternative.

Outfit and tack: It is late summer and we will spend much time outdoor. So prepare for hot weather and strong sun, but maybe rain, since we change climates and landscapes fast. Important is to bring good shoes because we will walk a lot to free roaming horses and herds. I recommend bringing a hat and sunscreen to protect from the sun. Don’t forget to bring some beach wear ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fitness: Tours including hiking require a basic level of fitness or at least you should be determined to reach the destination (at your pace ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). 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).

Weather: We will take pictures in any weather, except in thunder storms. 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 exposed areas must be cancelled.

Social: The Explorer Tour is very intense and we will spend much time together. For this reasonย 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.

  • 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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.

  • I'm ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ ๐’‰๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’“๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’š, the Explorer Tour is over ๐Ÿ˜ซ to be honest this time I'm also pretty exhausted after having ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ” ๐’‘๐’‰๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’•๐’” with multiple locations ๐’Š๐’ ๐Ÿ• ๐’…๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐Ÿ‘ ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’”! I have around 400 GB photos and videos and even more than 100 GB drone footage. Who is going to edit all these pictures?? ๐Ÿ˜‚ This will be my job until Christmas now ๐Ÿ˜† โฃ
This photo was taken in the Danube river, the border between Slovakia and Hungary. ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’™๐’Š, ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’•๐’๐’† ๐‘ฏ๐’–๐’„๐’–๐’ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’๐’š was taking a bath on this very hot late summer day and I enjoyed taking pictures there. The ๐’Ÿ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐“Š๐’ท๐‘’ 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 ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‡)โฃ
And to be honest, I didn't expect to make a water session with horses again this year. โฃ
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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. Iโ€™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 GruรŸ aus dem Krankenlager. ๐Ÿ˜‚โฃ
Passt der Look von dem Haflingerhengst nicht perfekt zum aktuellen Wetter? Vom Winde verweht wรผrde ich sagen. Freut ihr euch auf den Herbst oder hรคttet ihr gerne noch was vom Sommer gehabt? โฃ
So, ich verziehe mich jetzt wieder stillschweigend in mein Bett๐Ÿ˜œ genieรŸt den Abendโคโฃ
Entstanden wรคhrend der Explorer Tour mit @thepixelnomadโฃโฃโฃโฃ
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  • ๐‘ฐ'๐’Ž ๐’๐’‡๐’‡ โ€” See you, baba! Tonight I'm off exploring rare and endangered horses in the East: Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary are waiting for us! My company for this little adventure is my dear friend @mr_reitsportfotografie have a look at our stories the next days to stay in touch! This time we also have some filming equipment with us, so brace yourselves for equines in living picture ๐Ÿ˜Ž and some horse breeds, you probably never heard of. Ciao! โฃ
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  • Haflinger ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” Narkas and Belando. It is simply amazing when two adult stallions come together, especially in a photographic point of view. I feel I have one million awesome pictures of this Explorer Tour, although it was raining during this session (of course ๐Ÿ˜…)โฃ
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  • ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’‡๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’Œ๐’š โ€” Memories of a hike to the end of the valley. During one of my last #explorer_tour in the company of the best @equinebywengdahl we climbed up the highest mountains for two days, searching for the best view, adventures, snow in July and of course free roaming horses. This little herd spends their summer in the mountains for the transhumance and this picture is taken on 2300 meters altitude. Thinking back, this hike was crazy. but also awesome at the same time. it gave me grave muscle ache for the following week because we hike down to 1300m on the same day, but it also gave me this photo. ๐Ÿ˜ โฃ
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  • ๐‘ถ๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’๐’š๐’” โ€” This is a detail shot i really like. Although you can only see a small frame of the scenery, it is very clear how close these two stallions are and how much body contact they have even in a quiet minute. Adult and young stallions like to be very physical and although pictures of rearing and biting stallions are very cool, they also have these very intimate moments you will never have in a herd of mares ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ unless with foals. Also, i simply love detail shots. ๐Ÿฅฐ โฃ
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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 reasonย I reserve the right to pick the best candidate for a tour, to ensure we will get along well.ย 

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,ย or at least before the intended commercial usage.

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.


  • 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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Are our interested to become an Explorer? Write me with a few words about you, your work and a link to your portfolio and I promise I will write you back.
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