- Camargue / France
- 5 days – 4 nights – 7 shoots
Designed for photographers passionate about wildlife – amateurs and professionals alike, seeking the beauty of the wilderness, nature and the great outdoors. This workshop encompasses the best of the Wild White Horses shoots; the imposing Black Camargue Bulls thundering their way through the marsh with horns held high and stunning Camargue birdlife, including flocks of Pink Flamingos as they take flight in ‘V-formation’ at sunrise.
Simon Stafford, Overall Winner (Mammals category) Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016, has partnered with Create Away which is the number one specialist and the only photography workshop company actually based in the Camargue. Create Away has strong and long- established links with the local people of the Camargue; their deep respect for the traditions and wildlife of their treasured land adds greatly to the experiences you will enjoy during the various shoots of the workshop.
Key facts at a glance:
- Exclusive access to private land
- 4 different shoots with the Wild White Horses – galloping in the marsh – running on the beach/in the sea and surf – sparring stallions
- 1 shoot with a beautiful white stallion and a beautiful black stallion, running and rearing on the dunes
- 1 shoot with the bulls at full throttle running through the marsh
- 1 shoot of Camargue birdlife and Flamingos (access to a natural ornithological park, before it opens to the public, offering exclusive photography opportunities)
- Led by two professional photographers throughout, as well as a BBC Wildlife specialist bird photographer
- Theory sessions (critique/feedback/tuition)
We will collect you from Montpellier airport for transfer to your charming hotel in the centre of Aigues-Mortes, a medieval town that lies within rampart walls a mile long, where you can take time to unwind, unpack and perhaps explore the surrounding streets.
Welcome drink & briefing meeting with Create Away and Simon Stafford, during which we will take you through the itinerary, and offer advice for the action-packed shoots you’ll experience.
Informal group dinner at local bistro (optional)
We spend the morning at the Parc Ornithologique, which is a natural Camargue wetlands area of great importance. Accompanied by Thierry, our BBC Wildlife bird specialist and expert in his field, we will have exclusive pre-dawn access to the park long before it is opened to the public enabling you to photograph the birds at their best in the early morning light. Thierry will guide you to the prime locations among the waterways and lakes to capture a wide variety of species in one of the largest arrays of birdlife in Europe, from single birds perched at the nest to large flocks of pink Flamingos.
Simon will host a tuition and critique session on some of the days in the afternoon; he will advise you on camera technique with hints and tips for the shoots to come, plus provide feedback on your pictures.
In the afternoon, we witness the Black Camargue bulls thundering through the shallow waters of marshland, their distinctive horns held high, as they are herded by the Gardians on horseback – a unique photographic experience.
In the morning, we head to the beach for a shoot with a beautiful white Camargue stallion. We photograph him running and rearing on the top of the sand dunes, making for striking action shots.
In the afternoon, we photograph the Wild White horses running through marshes – we shoot several drives with the horses running across your field of view and heading straight towards your cameras! 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 these ‘weathered’ ranchers.
At dawn, we photograph Wild White horse stallions fighting – this is a unique opportunity to photograph these magnificent creatures with their feisty temperament in full flow, as they rear and entwine at full height.
Late afternoon, we head back to the beach for the ultimate spectacle of the wild horses running along the golden sand and through the surf with sea spray flying! We shoot several drives in a number of directions, so you can capture an assortment of dramatic action pictures with a variety of lighting conditions. There will also be another opportunity to take a variety of shots of the ‘Gardians’, plus portraits of the wild horses.
At sunrise we have the final session with the horses running together through the shallow waters of the marsh. After the action, we then take portraits of the horses on their own or in small groups.
Free time for lunch before departing for the airport early afternoon.
Single occupant (en-suite): £2494 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.
Pre-workshop course (subject to availability)
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. Cost including hotel £370 pp.
What is included in the price:
- 4 nights B&B in 3-star Hotel (4-star hotel with price available on request) in Medieval Aigues-Mortes
- Airport transfers to and from Montpellier airport – arrivals day between 09h00 and mid-afternoon/departures day between 09h00 and 19h00 (other transfers are not included but can be arranged by us)
- All transportation during your workshop
- Guidance throughout by two expert professional photographers
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 also offer an amazing horse riding experience and can recommend other excursions & activities – just ask Ros for further details.
Bookings & Payment:
Payment by bank transfer (please request our banking details) or by PayPal online
Why not treat someone with one of our Gift Vouchers? – available for full or partial workshop prices