Camargue Wildlife & Provence Lavender

Tour Leader: Serge Krouglikoff

So many people across the globe fulfil their life-long dream with us to photograph the Wild White Horses of the Camargue. You can’t beat the adrenalin rush of this noble breed splashing through the shallow waters of the marsh and lakes in their natural habitat. We have combined this workshop with another dream of many – picturesque villages and swathes of Lavender fields, like purple velvet, sweeping through the valleys of Provence – it’s a once-a-year experience not to be missed! Understandably, so many famous artists came to this region to paint endless canvasses of the vibrant colours and extraordinary light. Capture iconic, award-winning photos with Serge on home soil.

Day 1.

Flights arriving at Montpellier airport by mid-afternoon. You will be collected from the airport for transfer to your hotel in Aigues-Mortes.

Late afternoon welcome/briefing meeting at the hotel.

Day 2.

We leave before dawn for the Parc Ornithologique, which is a natural Camargue wetlands area with one of the largest arrays of birdlife in Europe, including the famous Pink Flamingos. Our privileged local contacts provide us with access the park, before sunrise and before it opens to the public, so you can capture wonderful, exclusive images as the birds fly in at sunrise. We will guide you to the prime locations, among the waterways and lakes, to capture a variety of species, from single birds perched at the nest, to large flocks of pink Flamingos.

In the afternoon, we will capture the Black Camargue bulls, thundering through the shallow waters of marshland, with their horns held high, as they are herded by the Gardians on horseback – a unique and thrilling photographic experience.

Day 3.

In the morning, we head to the beach for a shoot with a beautiful trained white Camargue stallion. We photograph him rearing on the top of the sand dunes and running along the golden sand of the beach, making for striking action shots and beautiful portraits.

Late afternoon, we photograph the Wild White horses running through the marsh. We shoot several drives with the horses running across and towards your field of view. We will also take shots of the ‘Gardians’ (Camargue Cowboys) dressed in their traditional Camargue shirts & hats, trident in hand, surrounded by the herd as well as some close-up portraits of both the horses and the ‘weathered’ ranchers.

Day 4.

In the morning, we head to the beach for the ultimate spectacle of the wild white horses running along the golden sand and through the surf, with sea spray flying. We shoot several drives in different directions, so you can capture an assortment of action pictures, with a variety of lighting conditions. We will also photograph the horses at a nearby lagoon.

Late afternoon, we have our last session with the wild horses, running together through the shallow waters of the marsh, with a different composition. In-between the action, we take portraits and close-ups of the horses on their own or in small groups.

Day 5.

A relaxed morning to download your photos and pack, before checking out of the hotel to depart for the Luberon area of Provence. The Luberon is characterised by its strikingly picturesque perched, hill-top villages, dating back at least 1000 years.

After a briefing meeting around 3pm, we set off to photograph the first beautiful Luberon village, with the warm sunshine lighting up the ochre stone colours.

Day 6.

We head out early to capture some of the most beautiful Luberon villages at sunrise and in the soft morning light.

Late afternoon we set off again to photograph different villages and lavender, offering you a wide array of varying landscapes. We also capture quaint images of shutters and doors within the narrow streets of the ancient villages.

Day 7.

Today we explore different villages and lavender. You can obtain a wide array of images including perched villages at sunrise and sunset, some with lavender stretching out at the foot of the village and others with wonderful views out across the valley floor, with a patchwork of orchards and vineyards.

We will also photograph a beautiful and still active 12th century abbey in a sublime, solitary setting, surrounded by lavender, one of the most iconic sights in Provence.

Day 8.

We photograph the village at sunrise, for the last time, with the sun warming the ochre-red colours.

We return to the hotel for breakfast before checking out and heading for the Alpes of Haute-Provence late morning.

Check in to the hotel and after settling in we will have a welcome/briefing meeting around 3pm.

We will set off late afternoon for a shoot in the picturesque village.

Day 9.

Before sunrise, we head for the Lavender fields in the pale morning light. We will capture different views of the lavender, dotted with small stone shepherd’s huts (Mazet) with the Provence Alpes as a backdrop.

In the afternoon, we return to capture different fields of beautiful blue lavender and sunflowers until sunset.

Day 10.

We set off again today for the lavender fields but to different locations, giving you the opportunity of photographing diverse landscapes with varying backdrops, providing a wide array of stunning images at sunrise and sunset.

In the afternoon we have our last shoot of the lavender fields, and we end the day when the sun sets over the horizon.

Day 11.

After a relaxed breakfast check out of the hotel to depart for Marseille, arriving at around 12h00 to take your afternoon flight.

Create Away is the number one specialist for Camargue Wildlife photography. We are based in the Camargue and run workshops all year round so have privileged and exclusive long-established relationships with the local people.
  • Privileged access to private land in the Camargue
  • 3 galloping wild horses shoots with several ‘drives’ per shoot, in different locations
  • A shoot with a beautiful white trained stallion on the beach
  • A Birdlife/Flamingos sunrise shoot with Birdlife specialist
  • A shoot with the Camargue Black Bulls running in the marsh
  • 6 days of photographing the Lavender and picturesque villages of Provence
Single occupant (en-suite): £3999 per person
2 people sharing room: 5% off the workshop price
Discounts available for group bookings. Please enquire to find out more
A deposit of 25% is payable at the time of booking

 

*To join our workshops, you need to have a good understanding of how your own camera works (how to set it up in Manual, Aperture and Shutter priority) and understand about exposure.

FLIGHTS IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please note we sometimes run this workshop back to front. Also, there is a minimum number of people required, so please do not book your flights until you have checked with us.

Pre-workshop course (subject to availability)
Cost including hotel £390 pp.

If you would like to arrive a day early to benefit from a course on your camera, settings, techniques and how to obtain the best out of your workshop, please let us know. We consider the pre-course very worthwhile for intermediate-level photographers and essential for beginners or photographers with new equipment they are not familiar with.

What is included in the price:
  • 10 nights B&B in charming 3-star Hotels (upgrade to Superior room, available on request, for a supplement)
  • Airport transfers Montpellier/Marseille airports, as per the times specified on the itinerary (other transfers are not included but can be arranged by us)
  • All transportation during your course
  • Expert guidance throughout, from a global career-professional photographer, with over 4 decades of experience
What’s excluded:
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Meals (except breakfast)
  • Snacks & drinks

Before you book your flights, you might like to consider arriving a day or two earlier or staying a day or two after the workshop to make the most of the beautiful region and sunshine – we can recommend excursions so please ask Ros for further details.

Bookings & Payment:

Payment by bank transfer (please request our banking details) or by PayPal online

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please enquire. We have a variety of workshops available throughout the year and we also offer tailor-made workshops
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Camargue Wildlife & Provence Lavender

£3999

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