Camargue Horses and Provence Photo Workshop
On this Photography Tour we are combining two of the most photogenic locations and subjects we could think of… Provence, arguably the most irresistible region in France, Provence ranges from the snow-capped mountains of the southern Alps to the delta plains of the Camargue, and boasts Europe’s greatest canyon, the Gorges du Verdon. Fortified towns guard its ancient borders; countless villages perch defensively on hilltops; and great cities like Arles, Aix and Avignon are full of cultural glories and Frances captivating white horses of Camargue. Combined it will be an experience you will never forget.
Dates of the Tour: May 19, 2019 to May 24th, 2019
Tour Leader: Jeff Wendorff and Kevin Pepper
Maximum number of attendees: 8 plus tour leaders
Tour Cost: $4997USD
Deposit Information: $1000USD with the balance to be paid 90 days prior to travel
Included - Transfers form Airports to hotels and return, Accommodation in 3-star hotel in Sainte Marie de La Mer, All entrance fees, Accommodation in Provence are at a 3-star hotel, Fees paid to ranches and horse guardians to facilitate transfer and photo sessions of horses, All ground transfers throughout your stay, Guiding fees, Photographic Tuition,
Excluded - International Flights, Travel Insurance, Items of a personal nature, Meals during tour.
Camargue Horses Portion of the Trip
The Camargue region of the South of France is famous for the beautiful Wild White Horses that roam the area. You will not need to be a horse lover to be transfixed whilst watching and photographing this world renowned and noble breed splashing through the shallow waters of the marshlands and lakes. When in season we can photograph Mares and Foals and also the Gardians (French Cowboys) working with the horses in their natural habitat. You will not be disappointed with the stunning results you can capture on camera.
All shoots are taken in the early morning and early evening, dawn and dusk, to ensure that we do not miss the spectacular light and different backdrops. The Camargue is a haven for any lover of nature and the wild. It is situated on the coast of Southern France and consists of wonderfully unspoiled wetlands, natural lakes and marshland and exceptional wildlife.
For the next 2 ½ days we will photograph at least a dozen Wild White Horses running through the marsh heading straight towards you and your camera. It is an exhilarating experience. Several drives take place to enable you to practice your photographic skills both technical and compositional. We will also take images of the Camargue Cowboys (Gardians) dressed in their traditional Camargue shirts and hats, trident in hand, surrounded by the herd.
Your sessions with the horses will consist of the following scenes:
1 A shallow pond where the horses run towards us and kick up water showing the full power of their stride.
2 Time on the beach having the horses run on the sand back and forth with the sea as a back drop
3 Running out of the ocean towards us as we stand on the beach.
4 In open fields the horses will run back and forth with a bare backdrop and grass fields.
5 Stallions standing on their back legs, alone and with another stallion.
May 19, 2019 - Today is a Sunday and you will be picked up at your hotel or at the Marseilles airport at 12noon today. From the airport you will be driven to the area in which we will be photographing the horses. Our first stop is Parc ornithologique de Pont de Gau. The Ornithological park is the ideal site to discover, observe and photograph a plethora of bird species, which include hundreds of pink flamingos in their natural habitat. Ponds, swamps, lawns, channels, reed beds, saltmarshes all form this vast 60 hectare area, entirely devoted to the discovery of nature and birds of the Camargue. It is on the Park’s trails, where the peaceful silence is only broken by the bird songs, that you can observe, even closer still, birds that seem to totally ignore you.
May 20 - We have two sessions with the horses today, one at first light and one late in the day. After the action at night we take images of the horses on their own or in small groups, silhouetted against the sunset
May 21 – We have two sessions with the horses today, one at first light and one late in the day. After the action at night we take images of the horses on their own or in small groups, silhouetted against the sunset
May 22 – Saving our favorite till the last day; Today begins with a morning Stallion Shoot. This is a unique opportunity to see the White Horses entwined at full height. The Stallions have a feisty temperament. They fight with their manes flying. This final morning session with the horses is for more intimate portrait and posing opportunities both with the sun in front of and behind the horses.
After our horse session we will check out of our hotel and head to our next hotel that is based in Provence.
South of France Portion of the Trip
Arguably the most irresistible region in France, Provence ranges from the snow-capped mountains of the southern Alps to the delta plains of the Camargue, and boasts Europe’s greatest canyon, the Gorges du Verdon. Fortified towns guard its ancient borders; countless villages perch defensively on hilltops; and great cities like Arles and Avignon are full of cultural glories. The sensual inducements of Provence include sunshine, food and wine, and the heady perfumes of Mediterranean vegetation.
May 22 – After our final horse shoot on the morning of May 22nd we will head back to the hotel and pack up to head to our next location in Provence. In the afternoon and into the night we will spend our time around Avignon capturing the history and architecture of Avignon and the surrounding small French villages. We will end our day at the large aquaduct for a sunset photoshoot over this amazing structure.
May 23 – Today we will spend the day in Provence visiting towns like Gordes, the Plateau de Sault and the surrounding quaint farm land between Valensole, Roussillon and Avignon
May 24 – Today we have one final photoshoot in Provence before we head to the airport in Marseilles. Please schedule your flights home after 5pm on the 24th. if you cannot get a connecting flight home we can drop you off at one of Marseilles local hotels near the airport.
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Don't forget to ask us about some of the extensions we are cooking up in France and Italy... :-)