Camargue WHITE HORSES & Black Bulls Photographic trip

5 Days 4 Nights Experience 6th - 10th May 2019

Hosted By Gillian Lloyd with Guest Photographer Tim Mannakee

Imagine - Sunrise and Camargue Horses

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.

Photo © Gillian Lloyd

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.

Photo © Gillian Lloyd

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).

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

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.

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

In the afternoon we will travel to the beach where we will photograph a smaller group of white horses until sunset.

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 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.

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

Day 5 - After breakfast we say our goodbyes before your transfer back to Montpellier airport.

Contact Gillian Lloyd for details of the next trip.

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!).

Time for relaxation and meals at the hotel Mas de Calabrun

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.

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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