Not just horsing around
Carys Jones turned redundancy into opportunity by following her dreams and photographing horses in Iceland
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 . 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