camargue and provence photography workshop
Camargue Valensole Gordes Roussillon
29 June - 6 July 2019
$3550 single supplement $ 600 Deposit $1000
The Camargue is a natural region located south of Arles, France, between the Mediterranean Sea and the two arms of the Rhône River delta. The eastern arm is called the Grand Rhône; the western is the Petit Rhône. With an area of over 930 km2 (360 sq mile), the Camargue is western Europe's largest river delta. It's a vast plain comprising large brine lagoons or étangs, cut off from the sea by sandbars and encircled by reed-covered marshes. These are in turn surrounded by a large cultivated area. The Camargue is home to more than 400 species of birds and has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International. Its brine ponds provide one of the few European habitats for the greater flamingo.  Camargue horses (Camarguais) roam the extensive marshlands, along with Camargue cattle. Fragrant lavender fields, cobbled streets and sizzling coastlines - Provence’s endless charms have inspired writers, painters and travellers galore. This bewitching corner of southern France combines lively coastal cities and quaint, whisper-quiet villages, making it a favourite destination for everyone from jetsetters to laidback retirees.
Travel, landscape, architecture, wildlife photography. Professional photographer , guide. Photo walks & discussions. Small group size (4-7 guests). Fine hotel accommodations. Breakfasts and 2 dinners.
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Day 1
Today you'll be picked up at your hotel or the Marseilles airport at 12noon. Once we’ve made the pickup we’ll begin our photographic tour of Provence.
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, including hundreds of pink flamingos in their natural habitat. Ponds, swamps, lawns, channels, reed beds, salt marshes all create this vast 60-hectare area, entirely devoted to the discovery of nature and birds of the Camargue. It's on the Park’s trails, where peaceful silence is broken only by the bird's songs, that you can observe, even closer still, birds that seem to ignore you entirely.
Day 2 and Day 3
We'll have two sessions each day with the horses, one at first light and the other later in the day. After the action, in the evening we take images of the herd on their own or in small groups, silhouetted against the sunset.
For the next 2 ½ days, we'll photograph at least a dozen wild white horses running through the marsh heading straight towards you and your camera. It's an exhilarating experience. The horses will make several passes in front of your camera. Multiple runs by the horses will let you tweak your technique and increase your number of “keepers”. We will also take the time to make images of the Camargue Cowboys (Gardians) dressed in their traditional Camargue shirts and hats, trident in hand, surrounded by the herd.
Day 4
Saving our favorite till the last day; Today begins with a morning Stallion Shoot. This session is a unique opportunity to see the White Horses entwined at full height. The Stallions have a feisty temperament and often spar with each other. The final morning session ends with us being up close with the horses allowing for more intimate poses for portraits with several different lighting scenarios.
Day 5
After our final horse shoot in the morning, we'll head back to the hotel and pack up to head to our next location in Provence. In the afternoon and in the evening we'll spend our time around Avignon capturing the history and architecture of Avignon and the surrounding small French villages. We'll end our day at the massive aqueduct for a sunset photo shoot over this unusual structure.
Day 6 and Day 7 

We'll spend these days in Provence visiting towns like Gordes, Plateau de Sault and the surrounding quaint farmland between Valensole, Roussillon, and Avignon.
Day 8
Today we have one final photo shoot in Provence before heading  to the airport in Marseilles. Please schedule your flight home after 5 pm. If you cannot get a connecting flight home, we can drop you off at one of Marseilles local hotels near the airport.

Group size
4 - 7 Guests
Experience | difficulty
Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras. Moderate schedule. Travel by walking and mini bus. No elevation changes and a moderate amount of walking (non-photographers also welcome).
Weather | Sun
June - July - Temps 63/50 F 62/79 C Sunrise 6:03 | Sunset 21:26
Travel, landscape, architecture, wildlife photography. Professional photographer , guide. Photo walks & discussions. Small group size (4-7 guests). Fine hotel accommodations. Breakfasts and 2 dinners.
Lunches, snacks and drinks outside of normal meals, beverages and alcohol. Tips for tour guides, drivers, bellhops etc. International Medical and Travel Insurance Coverage. Arrival and departure flights.
Small, locally owned guesthouses and hotels
Travel information
We recommend arrival 1 day before the beginning of workshop, meeting point Marseille airport.
$3550 single supplement $ 600 Deposit $1000
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