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2021.09 Expedition: Hebridean Tour – Scotland Highlands & Islands

Have you ever dreamt of exploring Scotlands mystical highlands and islands? But what if you can match this dream with your passion for horse photography? This 10 day expedition brings you to the best spots in Scotland, to dark lochs, smooth mountains, bright beaches and shaggy ponies.

This tour features sessions with native horse breeds, with a special focus on rare and endangered horse breeds and free roaming horses. The choice of the sessions, locations and breeds ensure a big diversity and experience.

Expedition date: September 2021 – 10 full days – Start Friday morning and end Sunday evening

— exact date will be communicated!

Start / end: Edinburgh, Great Britain

Schedule: We will start in Edinburgh and cross Scotland towards the east coast, where we will do some island hopping on the Hebrides. When back on the mainland, we will travel through the highlands and the Cairngorms back towards Edinburgh.

Equipment: We will have mainly staged photo sessions with portraits, herds and free roaming horses 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. For wildlife shots and free horses I recommend 100-400 mm lenses or even more tele zoom. Think about a rain cover for your tack.

Outfit: We will travel through Scotland and spend much time outdoors and by the coast. Expect wind and rain, but (hopefully) also some warmer days. Don’t forgot water proof hiking boots for walks in the moor.

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 or switched.

Social: The Expedition 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.

Language: I will speak English, German or French depending on the group requirements.

Hygiene: On the tour we will follow the hygiene rules and recommendations of the German government regarding COVID-19.

Invest: Prices and sign up starting December 2020

Equine Photo Expeditions are intense, adventurous and absolutely unique. This is the photo tour of a lifetime you won’t regret.

Sign up to this Expedition

Write me an e-mail to cecile@thepixelnomad.com or use this form. I will react in short time and send you all details.

Impressions of Scotland’s highlands & islands

Beautiful landscapes, native horse breeds, free roaming herds and local points of interest wait for you.

EQUINE PHOTO EXPEDITION

Adventure is calling and we must go

Exciting photo tours for curious equine photographers who seek new adventures, whilst discovering old traditions, different cultures and photographing the finest horses in picturesque landscapes.

Your photographic adventure of a lifetime is calling you to join this unique trip. I have explored the best locations during my travels to take photos: from the highest glacier valley, to dramatic mountain sceneries, perfect beaches, free roaming horses and beautiful stallions — each session is a highlight and many locations will literally blow your mind and will make your flash drives glow hot. During the 6 to 10 day Expedition we will visit my favourite places and discover their horses in a small and diverse group, so the adventurers can inspire each other, exchange knowledge and share experiences.

The Equine Photo Expeditions are open to talented international photographers or videographers, who are tough enough to hike up a mountain before sunrise, can adapt to new sceneries and locations and don’t expect a wellness or luxury holiday.

  • 6-10 days tours with photo sessions
  • Staged portrait sessions
  • Free roaming horses
  • Unique locations & scenery
  • Native horse breeds
JOING THE ADVENTURE

Upcoming Expeditions

Check out my Expeditions for the upcoming year. Don't miss to sign up, they will not be repeated and spots are limited.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Exciting and intense

During the past years I have made many contacts to amazing horses and people in different parts of Europe. For my unique Expeditions, I will put together one highlight after another. Our horse models will be mostly local horse breeds with a special focus on rare and endangered breeds. Each Expedition in unique and I don't plan to repeat them in the following years.

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WHAT YOU CAN LEARN

Think outside the box

The Equine Photo Expedition is not like a workshop. We don't have any theoretical classes, but focus on travelling, exploring and discovering new locations, amazing horses and the best scenery the place offers. But this doesn't exclude any learnings! We will share experiences and give each other insights in our workflow, by spending time with each other and work together. Before embarking the tour we will have a preparation call to get to know and clear things up. A harmonic and social group is crucial to a successful trip together as a group. I strongly encourage you to step out of your photographic comfort zone and experiment with new techniques, lenses and angles during the tour.

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Arrival & Departure

We will meet in the arrivals location in the morning and be back on the last day in the evening. This way we will be able to use the full first and last day. Make sure to arrive one day earlier to the pick up location and maybe enjoy another couple of days after the trip in the area.

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Drive & Sleep

We will spend much time in the car and change our location often enough. To be prepared for this epic road trip, you shouldn't have too large luggage or be able to pack and move it quickly enough. Our accommodations will be a variety of hotel, pension, cabin and whatever suits the travel plans best, so we can maximise our time with photography.

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Eat & Time

Breakfast, snacks and a lunch bag are included, we will decide together where to eat in the evening. Please tell me if you have any food restrictions or are vegan. There will be mostly 2 sessions a day, but also some free time in between in case you need some alone time or quiet moments to reflect. Every participant has the right to have some me-time.

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.

  • Snoozing Camargue horse. This breed is one of the most popular to photograph, spectacular shots of herds running on the beach and fighting stallions. But  this is the reality of the Camargue horse ❤️😅 almost unviable in the marsh, which is their home, shelter and food at the same time. 📸 photo by @thepixelnomad .
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  • Paint it black! 🖤 photographing jet black Mérens horses on black background with only soft winter light was definitely one of many challenges on my last Explorer Tour. But photographing black Mérens horses in the white winter landscape wasn’t easier 😅🤣
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I made it to my tradition to photograph each rare breed for Forgotten Horses in black background, to bring in some continuity into the project with so many different horses, distributed over time and space. But not always we can shoot in a barn, so I mount my black background on my van or in the field. Especially when working with wildlings or horses living outdoors summer and winter, there aren’t many possibilities. .
The Mérens mares got big eyes when they saw the black fabric hanging in the middle of their home, and the big shiny eyes were more or less the only reflection in this blackness 😅😎 but even their long thick winter coat made some reflections and were enough to make these black photos, in the middle of the french Pyrenees. .
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What do you think? Have you ever done black in black photos? .
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  • Born in freedom: Newborn Sorraia horse, one of the most beautiful sights! ❤️ and one of my highlights of photographing Free Horses. 📸 @thepixelnomad .
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  • Mérens horse in the french Pyrenees. This breed is native to the central Pyrenees and always pitch black. They also live in the mountains during the winter, thanks to their long thick coat and ability to find food under the snow. Photographic wise no easy task to capture these black fur balls in the white 😅
📸 @thepixelnomad .
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  • A simple portrait of a true beauty. PRE stallion Tuareg PM in the rare colour Perlino (new English name is Buckskin Pearl). When we asked to to photograph the horse in the shade although we had a sunny day everybody was first confused. Now I als most like the photos in high key more than the regular ones. What do you think? .
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  • One of my absolute favourites and a photo session of a lifetime. But what is the story of Karl and Libelle in the mountain lake?
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It all started exactly one year ago when I was official photographer at the mare inspection of the south tyrolean studbook. I met them in the ring and I always wanted to photograph a blue roan Noriker. As a matter of fact, I asked Karl for his phone number 😅😂😂 because he’s not on social media neither has an email address 🤣 I’m not sure what he thought of me crazy woman with a camera that day. .
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Only a few months later I was in South Tyrol on Explorer Tour. The weather on this weekend was the worst and almost all plans I made for mountain sessions needed to be cancelled due to thunder storms. I ran out of options for alternatives... so I remembered Karl and actually called him. The next day we drove to his farm and had a first portrait session at the house. But I wanted to go to this lake at the end of The Valley, so we went there with the mare Libelle in the trailer. We couldn’t go to the spot we Planned, because an avalanche of mud and stone blocked the street, created by the weather 😅 so we unloaded Libelle in a touristic place and went to the lake nevertheless. .
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No need to say more. It was awesome! 😍 
Libelle has a foal this year and I can’t wait to be allowed to travel again, for new pictures of this beauty. 
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  • Sorraia mare and new born foal, just born. I was incredibly lucky to witness this. Sorraia horses are critically endangered, every new born is a blessing. 📸 @thepixelnomad .
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  • Meet Galicia’s wild horses! In the northern Spanish province it is tradition to keep feral and semi feral horses in the mountains and only round them up once a year. Here I visited the herds in Monte Faro, where i photographed this band stallion. 
Did you know there are wild horses in Spain? 📸 photo @thepixelnomad .
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  • Hi everybody! I haven’t done a before / after for a while! So here you go, a beautiful portrait of the Latvian stallion Grindeks! He was super expressive with his golden coat and beautiful head, but in this picture I didn’t like the open mouth. And since I like to keep the reigns when I take photos with a curb and bridle, I needed to replace the parts with the hand. Swipe right >>>>>>> to see my process:
1— picture comes out of cam
2— Lightroom edit: I adjust the colours, the black tones and use the mask brush for some dodge and burn. Actually I mostly added highlights, since he was already very shiny that day. For the colours I use my own preset “golden boy in turquoise sky” 😅😎 which basically works for all chestnut horses in front of a blue sky. 
3— with Photoshop I first removed the additional lead, than the hand. I use the content aware fill. To rebuild the reigns I used mostly the stamp tool, same for the background. In general i use a mix of stamp tool, repair brush and content aware fill. For the mouth I did copy & paste of a different picture with similar pose. Really easy! 
I hope you liked it! Any questions?
The picture was made during my first Explorer Tour in 2018 with the topic of Russian and Eastern European horses ❤️
BASIC CONDITIONS

The Expedition is very intense and we will spend much time together. For this reason I reserve the right to pick the best candidates for a diverse and international group of talents, to ensure we will get along well and inspire each other.

ApplicationYou may enter the waiting list and contact me for price.

Dogs. My two dogs travel with us and it is important that you are not afraid nor allergic of dogs.

Fitness. The Expedition includes hiking and requires a basic level of fitness or at least a determination to grow beyond your limits and make the way in your time.

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. 

Experience. You should have a basic experience in photography and know your camera. The Expedition offers unique and challenging possibilities for amateurs and professionals.

Group size. Minimum 4 participants, maximum 6 to ensure a small and flexible group. 

Don't Forget

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Tele lens with e.g. 70-200mm
  • Wide-angle lens with e.g. 24mm or 35mm to include the stunning landscape
  • A whole bunch of flash cards, enough storage and battery
  • Your Passport or ID card! We will cross many borders.
  • Hiking boots! Wear them before the tour if they are new!
  • Backpack for camera AND hiking gear
  • Refillable water bottle and a snack box

Included

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Vegan Lunch Bag
  • Transport and travel costs during tour
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Preparation call before the tour
  • Multiple unique photo sessions
  • Breathtaking Locations
  • Discussions & inspiration

Excluded

  • Arrival / travel expenses to pickup
  • Insurance
  • Dinner and extra meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Camera / laptop gear
  • Teaching, Coaching, Lessons

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