Ultimate Camargue Festival
- Camargue / France
- 7 days – 6 nights – 11 shoots
Ultimate Camargue Festival
Designed for photographers passionate about wildlife – horses, bulls & birdlife – amateurs and professionals alike. It encompasses different shoots with the Wild White Horses running through the marsh and beach, the imposing Black Camargue Bulls thundering their way through the marsh with horns held high, stunning birdlife including the famous Pink Flamingos as they take flight in ‘V-formation’ at sunset. This workshop take place during the exciting Camargue Festival, filling your days with organised shoots, festival life and street photography with horses and bulls galloping through the streets of a walled mediaeval town at full throttle – exhilarating! An exciting combination for Wildlife, Streetlife and Equine photographers.
Key facts at a glance:
Create Away is the only photography workshop company actually based in the Camargue, making us the number one specialists. We have strong and long established links with the local people who deeply respect the traditions and wildlife of their treasured land
- 5 different horses shoots – in the marsh, on the beach & sparring stallions
- Full throttle action shoot with the bulls running through the marsh
- 2 shoots of birdlife photography with a professional BBC Wildlife specialist bird photographer who has access to a natural wetlands park before it opens to the public, offering exclusive photography opportunities
- Festival photography for 2 days
- Led by a highly successful, professional photographer whose international career spans over 3 decades
- B&B at a charming hotel in a picturesque Mediaeval walled city
- Airport transfers (Montpellier) & all transportation included
We will collect you from Montpellier airport for transfer to your charming hotel in the centre of the medieval town of Aigues-Mortes. Take time to unwind, unpack and perhaps explore the streets of the city that lies within the mile-long rampart walls.
We will gather for a welcome drink and briefing meeting.
‘Get to know you’ informal dinner at local bistro (optional).
We start with traditional breakfast (a ‘casse-croûte’) in the meadow with the Gardians (Camargue cowboys) and locals, often in traditional Camargue dress. Standing in the shallow stream we are in the centre of the action to capture the Gardians rounding up the bulls to herd them into town for the Abrivado.
Early afternoon capture festival life in and around the beautiful town of Aigues-Mortes, including bull racing; pop up theatre animation; good food and wine. At midday and in the evening there is a ball and concert on the main square with a full party atmosphere.
In the afternoon, we photograph the Camargue Black bulls in action thundering their way through the marshy shallow water, their horns held high, herded by the Gardians on horseback – a unique photographic experience.
We capture the Abrivado (the arrival) in Aigues-Mortes. The Gardians flank the bulls and arrive at a gallop, clattering through the streets in town. Each farm (mas) parades its bulls, herded by the cowboys on horseback. Young lads attempt, Toreador style, to get the better of the young bulls by distracting the horses – this is called the ‘Vachette’.
Late afternoon it is time for the Bandido (the departure) – 2-3 cowboys flank one bull at a time as they gallop back through the narrow streets which is as exciting as dangerous and most people stay well behind the barriers. Once more the youngsters test their bravery by standing in the way as long as possible to destabilise the horses or catch the bull by the horns to enable him to escape.
Capture stunning pictures of the horses and bulls as they gallop through the stone archways of the town with the sun setting behind them.
At dawn, we photograph the stallions sparring – this is a unique opportunity to see the White horses entwined at full height, in feisty temperament with their manes flying!
In the afternoon, we head for the Parc Ornithologique, which is a natural Camargue wetlands park of great importance. Led by our BBC Wildlife bird specialist and expert in his field, you will be taken to the ideal spots to get the birds at their very best. He knows the best hide-outs at the right time of the day to capture single birds perched on a tree or when to enjoy the vast lakes for flocks of pink Flamingos and the largest array of birdlife in Europe.
Birdlife/Wild White Horses in the marsh
At dawn, we return to the Parc Ornithologique where we have access before it opens to the public, allowing for exclusive shots as the Flamingos and birds fly in for the day.
In the afternoon we photograph the Wild White horses running through the marsh and heading straight towards your cameras. We shoot several drives with the horses running across and towards your field of view. We will also take shots of the ‘Gardians’ dressed in their traditional Camargue shirts & hats, trident in hand, surrounded by the herd.
Black Stallion on the beach/Wild White Horses on the beach
At dawn, we head to the beach to photograph the black stallion running along the white sand and in and out of the sea – the black against the white of the beach and sea makes for a dramatic combination.
Late afternoon, we get to capture the ultimate Camargue scene of the Wild White horses running through the surf along the beach with the sea spray flying. After the action, we then take single shots of the horses on their own with or without the ‘Gardians’.
White Stallion on the beach/Departures
At dawn we head to the beach for a shoot with a single Stallion. We photograph him dashing and diving in and around the sea and surf, as well as on the top of the sand dunes, making for a wide range of dramatic action shots.
Early afternoon departures to the airport.
Single occupant (en-suite bathroom): £2880 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:
- 6 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/station on arrivals/departures days of the workshop (other transfers are not included but can be arranged by us)
- All transportation during your workshop
- Guidance throughout by expert 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
- 5 – 11 October 2020 (Full)