An opportunity to photograph the legendary white horses of the Camargue; 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.
This trip has been designed with a special itinerary which allows for photographing the Camargue horses at various times of the day and at various locations. Gillian and Tim will be available to give advice if you need it however, there will be no 'must or don't dos'. It will be a shared interactive experience where we will experiment and help develop and improve skills for action, slow exposure and panning techniques (to name but a few). We all see and do things differently and so sharing experiences with like-minded people will ensure that this will be more than just a photographic trip.
Day 1 - You will be collected from Montpellier airport and taken to hotel ‘Mas du Calabrun’, a 4 star delight based in the Camargue. Late afternoon (weather and flight times permitting) 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 that we can shoot the white horses running through marshland water at sunrise. 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 early morning shoot today will be at another different location where we we will hope for calm waters in order to get some reflection shots. Then in the afternoon we travel to our last location where you will be photographing white horses running through a corridor of water. This unusual location is great to practice creative shots such as panning and longer exposures.
ACCOMMODATION: We’ll be staying at the ‘Mas du Calabrun’ 4 star hotel. A pretty hotel which has an outdoor pool plus surrounding grassland with interesting opportunities for additional photography (should you need more!).
This trip has been organised by Gillian Lloyd with help of the expertise of Tim Mannakee.
Note: Itinerary as noted above is subject to change according to weather and horse/bull arrangements with the Guardians. Accommodation is subject to availability at the time of booking and will be confirmed on payment of deposit.
COST - €2600 per person sharing. Single supplement €400 Prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%
Deposit required of €400 payable on booking. Balance required in full eight weeks prior to trip.
INCLUDES: Four 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; Six private shoots i.e. only our group with the Camargue White Horses plus 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.