Explorer Tour

01.2020 Explorer Tour: Iberica

Travel dates: Part I 26.12.2019 – 07.01.2020 / Part II 08.01.2019 – 19.01.2020

Destination: Southern France, Spain, Portugal

Pickup: tbd.

Spot available: Part I open / Part II 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 the Iberian peninsula. Southern Europe is home to many unkown and endangered native horse breeds, which stand in the shadow of the more popular PRE and Lusitano horses. But the plains and mountains even host free roaming horses, which live in wild or semi-wild herds. We will trace down different rare breeds in the Southern France, Spain and Portugal 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: Since we travel in winter, cold and snow can be expected, especially in the mountains. Down South and by the sea the climate will become slightly milder.

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). On flat plains, beach sessions or big pastures you still need to walk a lot to reach the destination.

Weather: We will take pictures in any weather, except in thunder storms or unbearable weather. Weather in the mountains close by the sea 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 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.

  • 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.

  • You might have guessed: I upload one picture of every breed I photographed during my #explorer_tour - fresh out of the camera! Every night before going to sleep I copy my photos of the day and browse through and make a first selection.  A few session are already fully edited, but this is only possible of I have enough time I. The evening. Since December 28 until today I have photographed every day except for one, can you imagine the amount of photos 😅  but with an efficient workflow I will be able to edit all of this faster than I did in the past. 
This photo shows my first session from Portugal: a feral Garrano horse in the mountains of Gêres. The Band stallion looked after his group of 11 mares and youngsters, quite a full time job! But sich handsome horses in open landscape in the mountains are a pleasure to photograph and observe. .

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  • Hello from France! I'm on my new adventure, exploring the Iberian peninsula for Forgotten Horses. Most horse breeds are very unknown and the research is quite hard, especially for all semi-feral or feral breeds. But let's start at the start, you may follow my journey in my stories anyway :)
The first stop is in France on the west coast around Poitiers, the city gave also the horse breed their name: the Poitevin draft horse, or the full name is Trait Poitevin Mulassier. This breed is - guess what - endangered and in the year 2012 only around 30 stallions and 200 mares were registered, but the trend is positive! What is special about the breed: it is the only draft horse that also comes in dun colours, with primitive markings such as zebra stripes on the legs! This coat is usually known with wildlings such as Konik horses, Sorraia or maybe Hucul. But the Poitevin is also one of them and that gives them quite a wildish look, a wild heavy horse 😍  if this isn't enough to make this breed desirable? 😝  On the photo is the grullo coloured stallion Santos of Elevage L'aurelienne, what a beauty! 😍
👉 So, have you ever heard of the Poitevin? If yes, share your story in the comments! If no, then I hope I gained your interest in the breed? 
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  • Do I have fans of blue roan here? 🙋🏼‍♀️ so what do you think of this amaziiiiing stallion? ❤️❤️ this is a Dales Pony, they are 99% black, but one breeder in UK breeds them in all colours: roan, bay, white and also black 😋 I was happy to visit the Roan Dales farm during my last Explorer Tour in UK and take photos their amazing and colourful Dales Ponies. The breed is critically endangered only few are left even in UK. 
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  • Boys will be boys ... as much as I love the action photos, I also need to show you the other things two stallion buddies like to do: synchronised back rubbing and hanging around 🥰😎 Picture taken during m Explorer Tour in July, where @laujuma.photography  joined me@for the trip. Can’t wait for new tours in 2020! More info about my plans coming soon! But feel free to sign up for my Explorer report on my website and be the first to receive details!

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  • All you need is L O V E ❤️
This photo session of Karl and Libelle was probably the most challenging Explorer Tour in many levels, but despite all I have amazing photos of this photo shooting an the others. Bringing a draft horse and a farmer in Lederhosen into a south tyrollean mountain lake was definitely one of my highlights this year and confirms me in my work. I had a picture in mind and then I talked everybody into it 😅 it is so important to have a clear and good communication with your photo subjects and that you can describe your ideas and intentions. Good vibes are visible on photos 😎
So have a good start into the new week! 
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  • Currently I’m editing all the photo sessions I haven’t finished yet, so I can archive them before my next trip. There are still plenty gems and favorits which I haven’t shown yet, like of this photo of the Haflinger stallions Narkas and Belando during their power play. What a joy it was to photograph them 🥰 during the Explorer tour in July with my dear @laujuma.photography 👉🏽 do you also have some To Dos before Christmas and the end of the year?

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  • Have you ever heard of the Hucul? In German it's called Huzule, or Carpathian Mountain Pony. There are probably more names, because the origin of the Hucul isn't one single country, but the mountain ranges in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukrainia, Romania and they are also bred in Austria and Czech Republic. The Hucul is basically THE mountain pony of Eastern Europe, just like the Haflinger is the mountain horse of the Alps and the Bosnian mountain horse of the Balkan. What makes the Hucul so special is its direct decendance of the forest and mountain tarpan, the original wild horse which populated eastern europe and got extinct. This classifies the Hucul as primitve horse, as strong, hardy, very clever pony. Back in the days people were very poor and couldn't afford to feed their horses, that's why they kept the ponies free roaming in the mountain forests, so they had to search for their own food, defend and fight wolfs and survive harsh winters. This makes the Hucul a true born survivor. And I can tell you: each pony I have met, no matter if they were semi-wild or lived in the National studs, all Huculs are clever, naughty little rascals! 😝
Unfortunately the Hucul got almost extinct after the Second World War and although they are slowly recovering, the breed is endangered. The work of national studs keeps the lines alive and some private breeders who value the qualities of the breed. Here are a few impressions I took during my Explorer Tour in Hungary. The Aggtelek National Park is home to about 200 horses and keeps them semi-wild on large areas. There is one herd with mares and one herd for stallions, were the oldest stallion is 26 years old! We were welcomed by the stud manager and spent the days with the ponies, which leads to an immense mountain of photos 🤣 
Have you ever experienced Hucul horses? Tell me in the comments! 😎
  • White Beauty

Im September durfte ich auf einer #explorer_tour von @thepixelnomad diese weiße Schönheit kennen lernen - erkennt ihr welche Rasse das ist? Wir waren insgesamt 10 Tage unterwegs und haben Vertreter vieler alter und selten gewordener Pferderassen besucht. Er hier wohnt in einem Gestüt das nach ihm benannt ist - Oder andersrum, die Rasse ist nach dem Ort benannt 😉 - und posierte dort vor dieser UNFASSBAREN Wandfarbe. Ich war sofort schockverliebt und kann auch jetzt gar nicht genau davon kriegen 🤩 nun werde ich wohl auf ewig auf der Suche nach einer Location in Deutschland sein, bei der man so einen wunderschönen Mintfarbenen Anstrich findet 😬

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  • Looks like I have a blue phase 💙 so here is another picture of the beautiful Shagya Arabian stallion Nandy, photographed in the Slovak Tatra mountains ⛰

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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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