Join us in photographing the legendary white horses, an ancient breed of horse indigenous to the Camargue area in southern France, where they’ve lived for centuries in semi-feral conditions in the harsh environment of the marshes and wetlands, developing stamina, hardiness and agility for which they are known today.
A trip with an itinerary designed to allow for photographing the Camargue horses at various times of the day and at various locations. Advice and troubleshooting will be available if you need it however, this isn't an instructive workshop, there will be no 'must or don't dos'. It will be a shared interactive experience where we can all learn from, experiment with, and help each other develop and improve our skills for action, slow exposure and panning techniques to name but a few. You are likely to find others keen to know more about your thoughts and methods - we all see and do things differently. Sharing your experience with like-minded people will ensure that this will be more than just a photographic trip.
Day 1 - Arriving early afternoon we will be collected from Montpellier airport and taken to hotel ‘Mas du Calabrun’, a 3 star delight based in the Camargue. Late afternoon we'll take a trip to the bird park for a couple of hours where we can warm up our skills photographing pink flamingos and possibly another creature or two.
Day 2 - We'll be up and away before dawn so as to get into position ready to shoot the horses running through marshland water and if we're lucky we may get a stunning sunrise as backdrop. Up to 15 horses will be skillfully directed by their Guardians through the water; running at least 6 times during this session. So plenty of opportunity to get the perfect shot.
By contrast, late afternoon we photograph black bulls, also running through the water. There's a big difference photographing the bulls and they'll certainly set you new challenges; capturing the darkness of the bull against the water and sky. There will be multiple runs so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture some original images.
Day 4 - Our third and last early morning shoot is a special shoot organised specifically for this trip. By special arrangement two horses will be prepared for photographing on the beach, running through the sea and posing in the sand dunes. What a treat! Our final afternoon shoot will be of the white horses running through a corridor of water. This unusual location is great for us to practice our creative shots such as panning and longer exposures.
ACCOMMODATION: We’ll be staying at the ‘Mas du Calabrun’ 3 star hotel which has an outdoor pool plus surrounding grassland with interesting opportunities for additional photography (should you need more!).
TRANSPORTATION We will be met at Montpelier airport by Tim and Gilly who will drive us to our hotel. We will be driven to and from locations during our trip then returned safely back to Montpelier airport for our return journey home.
PHOTOGRAPHY This trip has been organised by Gillian Lloyd and Tim Mannakee.
Note: Itinerary as noted above is subject to change according to weather and horse/bull arrangements with the Guardians.
COST - Confirmed on request. Deposit required of €400 payable on booking. Balance of payment required in full eight weeks prior to trip.
COST INCLUDES: Five nights accommodation; All meals including: Four buffet breakfasts; Four three course evening meals; Four picnic lunches; Airport Transfers collect and return to Montpellier Airport, France; Drivers and Transport throughout; Five private shoots with the Camargue White Horses including a special shoot on the Beach; One private shoot with Black Bulls plus entrance fee to Parc Ornithologique Pont du Gau.
Not included: your travel costs to Montpellier, drinks, travel insurance and tips.