Horsepower, Horses, and Rain

By October 20, 2015 Backroads One Comment

After a great time with the good people of Skei i Jølster, the #OlympusBackRoads project headed for Bergen. Basically not a very long ride, with only one ferry. I asked Serena the GPS robot-woman for a more interesting route, and it immediately started to rain. Motorcycle helmets don’t have visor-wipers, so staying on the road takes priority over looking for photos. Hence, I almost missed the horses. Unfortunately, I spotted them just as I rode past, managed to turn around and stop the Kawasaki in a decent position.

Cameras don’t have viewfinder-wipers, so by the time I was half-ready, the horses ran away. I’m hoping the resulting blurry photo I grabbed will be accepted as arty, for lack of a better version. Which could have been the end of this story. But whilst I may be slow, I’m also stubborn. So I sat there for the better part of an hour, in the rain, on a motorcycle, waiting for the horses to come running back in a spectacular manner. Tractors drive by. Farmers stare at me. Then the horses come back. Walking. Slowly.

Equus ferus caballus, or Norwegian Fjord Horse, "Fjording", demonstrating the speed at which it can run away from a photographer. Olympus OM-D E-M1, M.Zuiko 2.8/12-40mm @ 30mm, f/3.5, 1/125sec, and yes I know that shutter speed is too slow to freeze running horses, but they were gone before I had time to change it.

Equus ferus caballus, or Norwegian Fjord Horse, “Fjording”, demonstrating the speed at which it can run away from a photographer. Olympus OM-D E-M1, M.Zuiko 2.8/12-40mm @ 30mm, f/3.5, 1/125sec, and yes I know that shutter speed is too slow to freeze running horses, but they were gone before I had time to change it.

The same horses, demonstrating how slowly they can walk back to a photographer who's been waiting in the rain for almost an hour since they ran away, hoping for a funny-ish "horsepower"-picture with a motorcycle and horses in it. Not very funny, is it. Olympus OM-D E-M1, M.Zuiko 2.8/12-40mm @ 12mm, f/4, 1/500sec, and yes I know that shutter speed is more than fast enough to freeze a horse that's moving slower than a snail.

The same horses, demonstrating how slowly they can walk back to a photographer who’s been waiting in the rain for almost an hour since they ran away, hoping for a funny-ish “horsepower”-picture with a motorcycle and horses in it. Not very funny, is it. Olympus OM-D E-M1, M.Zuiko 2.8/12-40mm @ 12mm, f/4, 1/500sec, and yes I know that shutter speed is more than fast enough to freeze a horse that’s moving slower than a snail.

 

One Comment

  • James Mason says:

    They look like Przewalski’s horse, the only non-feral wild horse. I guess Leif Ericsson’s horses he took to Iceland looked like these. Very cool photos Morten! I’ll share them with my hoss-lovin friends.

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