Not just hors­ing around

Carys Jones turned re­dun­dancy into op­por­tu­nity by fol­low­ing her dreams and pho­tograph­ing horses in Ice­land

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Re­dun­dancy a few years ago proved the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to pursue a semi-pro­fes­sional ca­reer spe­cial­is­ing in eques­trian pho­tog­ra­phy. Ini­tially I con­cen­trated on offering own­ers pho­to­shoots of them and their horses, but this be­came in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to bal­ance with my other ca­reer in mar­ket­ing, so a year ago I de­cided to con­cen­trate on cre­at­ing fine art im­ages of horses, to sell via my web­site.

To date I’ve trav­elled to the Ca­mar­gue in France and to Ice­land, cap­tur­ing im­ages of their na­tive horses. Each trip has been a huge learn­ing curve, al­low­ing me to get used to tak­ing shots of crea­tures trav­el­ling at speed, of­ten di­rectly to­wards me, in a va­ri­ety of light­ing con­di­tions from the soft light of early morn­ing through to harsh, mid­day sun­light. Noth­ing gets the blood pump­ing quite like the sight of 20 to 30 horses bear­ing down on you through wa­ter [02]. And noth­ing is as sweet as spend­ing time with a herd of mares and their foals, as they al­low you to walk among them.

Th­ese im­ages are from my most re­cent trip, to Ice­land, where I spent four days on a horse ranch in the north of the coun­try. I spent time with the

01 Free spirit Nikon D4, Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO1250

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