An Icelandic Horse in the Wild

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    If you want to see how I made this (and how you can too!), visit my HDR Tutorial. I hope it gives you some new tricks! I consider myself very lucky to have a network of great photographers around the world. I met most of them through Flickr, where we are constantly commenting and giving feedback on one another's photos. This has enabled me to meet up with great photographers wherever I travel, and they are great people to hang out with because they already know the prettiest places around where they live!

    One of the people I was lucky to shoot with was Rebekka in Iceland. We met at a coffee shop in Reykjavik and talked about where to go shoot. We jumped in her car and drove a while until we reached a fjord. Nearby were these horses running around like wild beasts. They have no fear of humans, and we were able to go right up to them. Their hair is very long, and I'm sure it evolved from the hyper-cold whipping winds around the edges of the sea.

    I don't shoot a lot of animals, because I find it hard to improve upon what other great animal photographers have done in the past. However, here is a tip for shooting animals. It's kind of a lame trick, but it always works. Use a wide-angle lens and get in close. It always makes the head look really big and cute. Humans love big-headed animals and it always makes them smile. Why this is, I have no idea... Note this trick also kinda works with babies.

    Seriously, thanks to Rebekka for a great day tooling around the fjords of Iceland.

    Oh, and yes.... I have pictures of Rebekka coming up at some point wearing her green-thing ... nothing too salacious for public consumption, I assure you... but in more of a "photographer in her milieu" milieu.

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    1. Shannon Rogers Photography 52 months ago | reply

      I see why you are the King of HDR...... You are a real Inspiration Trey :))

    2. OdiMontero 51 months ago | reply

      Amazing. No words.

    3. Matthew Brink 51 months ago | reply

      75,000 views! Wow! Well deserved, but still amazing!

    4. Denis@ 49 months ago | reply

      Please add your wonderful picture to World's land

    5. Laura Fredericks 49 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning photo..I am in awe..

    6. Arth Wen Photography and Imagery. 46 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flickr Global (Your Best Photographs)., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    7. KateSi 44 months ago | reply

      There has got to be a way to do HDR without software. It had to start somewhere before a program was made for it.

    8. steviecam 38 months ago | reply

      This is an amazing picture!
      Please, add it to


    9. gregorc w 36 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot!!!

    10. bittermonkMT 500,000 Views + Computer Died, Away 36 months ago | reply

      In no way does this skewed perspective of a horse grazing merit nearly 90,000 views. I'm sorry to have contributed one.

    11. Derek Kind 34 months ago | reply

      This is the iconic Icelandic Horse shot I tried to get on my last trip without success. Wonderful photo, I'm inspired to try again with new learned techniques.

    12. Lauris Reiniks 32 months ago | reply

      Great shot! I think you really can win a "Horses" photo contest on

    13. Mazallon Richard [deleted] 29 months ago | reply

      Amazing point of view and treatment of the image :-P great!

    14. Miss Sian 28 months ago | reply

      Love this shot, there something quirky about it that akes me smile :)

    15. ceramedes 27 months ago | reply

      Wow, amazing shot !!

    16. reedake 27 months ago | reply

      This is my favorite of all of your photos, Trey! The focal point in this composition is just so powerful with all of the lines from the clouds, the mountain and the horse's body all leading to one point.

      I love how this horse has an emo haircut and how he's alone in such an open and arid landscape, yet there is the slightest hint of his friends way off in the distance. Just love it!

    17. d.i. 12 months ago | reply

      I just love this set - every picture is stunning!

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