18.03.2020 — Due to the current COVID19 situation this event cant’t take place as planned. It will be postponed to autumn 2020, a new date will be communicated asap. Stay tuned and stay safe! 🙂 Cécile
Are you ready for spring and many Blondines? I’m happy to announce my first Explorer Days Bootcamp! This event is a perfect symbiosis between horse photography, nature, fresh air and some theory.
This is a two day event on the Haflinger stud Meura, one of the biggest in Europe. The stud lies in a hilly forest area and is a perfect playground for photographers. We will take pictures of the herds, mares, stallions and the already born foals!
A specific topic of this weekend will be photographing and retouching photo halters and leashes. I will have a theoretic session with live retouching which will be filmed, so you can watch it later again at home.
Explorer Days Date: tbd. Autumn 2020 – Start saturday morning and end Sunday afternoon ca. 16.00h
Location: Haflingergestüt Meura in Thüringen, Germany
Schedule: A whole weekend awaits us in one of the largest Haflinger studs in the world. The Haflinger stud farm Meura has over 200 Haflinger horses, which we will photograph in many different situations. One week before Easter nature will hopefully have taken its first steps and the first foals will be born. We will start on Saturday morning and over the day we will have several photo shoots with whole herds and also take portraits of mares, foals and of course the stallions. Among other things we will work with photographers’ halters, and in the evening I will show in a theory part which methods are used to retouch them from the photos. On Sunday we will take pictures until the afternoon, so that everybody has enough time to go home.
It is recommended to arrive in Meura already on Friday evening. Rooms can be booked directly through the Haflinger stud farm Meura, and there is also a camper van site directly on the premises. On Saturday evening we will have dinner together in the restaurant (at own expense). On Friday and Sunday after the end of the event you can also book rides, which I warmly recommend.
- Start Saturday morning at the Haflinger stud farm Meura (exact time will be communicated)
- Photoshoots of Haflingers in the herd
- Photoshoots of mares, stallions, foals in portrait and free-running
- Theory lesson on retouching of photographer’s halters and ropes
- Recording of the theory part, so that you can watch it again at home
- Alternative program in case of bad weather
- Explorer package for each participant
Equipment: Basically I recommend a portrait lens or telezoom with at least 85 mm or more, e.g. 70-200 mm. Since we work with beautiful landscapes, groups and possibly architecture this could be a good opportunity to experiment with wide angle, e.g. 35 mm or 24 mm.
Outfit: It is the beginning of April and theoretically spring is just around the corner! But we are also in the Thuringian Forest and you can’t really predict the weather. We spend a lot of time at the stud farm, but we will also go for a little walk/hike in the meadows to the herds, for which sturdy shoes are suitable.
Weather: The Explorer Days take place in all weather conditions. The Haflinger stud farm is embedded between hills and offers a beautiful scenery even when it rains (see pictures below). In case of heavy rain or thunderstorms there is an alternative program in the hall.
Invest: 379 € incl. model fee and snacks
The Explorer Days are a great opportunity for all photographers to have fun and meet new people and of course take wonderful pictures. Even professionals and advanced photographers will find what they are looking for.
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Impressions of Meura
We can expect beautiful Haflinger horses, herds, stallions and great landscapes. Even in bad weather you can take nice photos in Meura. I took these photos in autumn.
The best of equines and breathtaking locations
Join me and fellow photographers for a unique one or two day challenge. I will arrange photo locations and models and we will photograph them as a group. Some Explorer Days are bootcamps and we will spend the day morning to evening in one location photographing and editing. And some Explorer Days have several locations in a certain area, so we can capture a wide spectrum of sceneries.
The Explorer Days are pretty unique and cover a large variety of sceneries, topics and models and give you a perfect opportunity to build a large portfolio.
Exciting and intense
The Explorer Day is no wellness day 😉 depending on the theme and locations I will organise 2 to 4 photo sessions a day. This can be exhausting and we might also spend some time on the road. The small group size ensures that everybody gets a good spot for photographing and best views on the landscape. Each Explorer Day is unique, individual and a small adventure.
Horses & Landscapes
The goal of the Explorer Day is that you will make a rich portfolio during these 1-2 day bootcamps. My focus lies on wonderful landscapes and experienced horse models, so you can get the maximum of photos. In fact, an Explorer Day is just the 1-day experience of an Explorer Tour or Expedition. I have inspected all locations in accordance to the perfect daylight and met with all models before, to ensure the best session experience with you.
Upcoming Explorer Days
Have a look at my plans and don't hesitate to contact and book. The available spots are limited.
Do you want to experience the adventures of a photo tour just in one day? The Explorer Days are just perfect for you!
Each Explorer Day is highly individual in schedule and topic. Please check the detail page of each Explorer Day for more informations.
My focus is on unique landscape experiences and interesting, well trained horses, therefore it is possible that we change locations during the day and need to drive a few minutes.
The Explorer Day will take place in any weather.
Camera & gear
You should bring clothing and footwear according to the weather and landscape conditions.
Use of photos
All Photos can be used for your portfolio, your website, social media accounts and your private usage. For the owners and models you can to send edited photos, but it’s not obligatory.
Do you want a commercial use? Commercial use is possible, if you send 10 photos per session for owners and models not later than 3 months after the Explorer Day.
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