Camargue WHITE HORSES Photographic trip


Hosted by Gillian Lloyd

Imagine - Sunrise and Camargue Horses

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.

Photo © Gillian Lloyd

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.

Photo © Gillian Lloyd

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.

Pink Flamingos, Herons, Water Rats - some of the varied wildlife which can be found at the bird park.

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.

Sunrise is a very special time. Photos © Gillian Lloyd

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.

Black Bulls - Photos © Gillian Lloyd

Day 3 - Another early morning shoot this time with a stallion and gelding. During this shoot you will get the opportunity to capture action shots which could be breathtaking. There's even time to put your camera down and enjoy watching the friendly 'horse-play' between the two horses.

The horses liked to wind each other up! Photos © Gillian Lloyd
Sparring but not where they were supposed to be! Photos © Gillian Lloyd

The plans for the afternoon will be left fluid to allow for flexibility should, for any reason one of the planned mornings or afternoon sessions be disrupted. Should all other sessions go as planned then we will photograph the white horses with foals (if we can) whilst they graze in the fields.

Spending time mingling with the horses, being nudged and feeling their warm breath on your face.......

Feeling adored.......

Needing attention......

Time for different view points......

Time to reflect........

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.

Photo © Gillian Lloyd
The magnificent white horses powering towards you - spectacular! Photos © Gillian Lloyd
Photo © Gillian Lloyd

Day 5 - After or last breakfast we will have a little spend free time before checking out of the hotel and being transferred back to Montpellier airport.

Contact Gillian Lloyd for details of the next trip.

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!).

Time for relaxation and meals at the hotel Mas de Calabrun

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.

Guardians guiding black bulls into the water with Gillian adopting her favourate photographing position!
Wrapped up warm for an early morning shoot.

Interested? Contact Gillian via link below or via email info@gillianlloydphotography.co.uk for full booking information.

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