Wild White Horses & Saint Louis Festival

Camargue / France

Photography Tour Information

  • Camargue / France
  • 4 days – 3 nights – 5 shoots
£1.725,00
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Wild White Horses & Saint Louis Festival

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. Action shots, sparring stallions, and gorgeous portraits, under Mediterranean blue skies, make for award-winning photography. Exclusive shoots, in small groups, led by No.1 Camargue specialist, Serge Krouglikoff.

This workshop takes place during the annual mediaeval Festival of Saint Louis where Aigues-Mortes celebrates Louis IX, King of France and the town’s founder. In full Middle Ages attire you can capture street musicians, theatre, parades, medieval market & ball, etc.

This workshop appeals to Wildlife, Equine & Festival/Street photographers alike.

Key facts at a glance:

Create Away is the only photography workshop company actually based in the Camargue, making us the number one specialist. We have strong and long-established links with the local people who deeply respect the traditions and wildlife of their treasured land

  • Exclusive access to private land, unavailable to anyone else
  • 3 galloping horse shoots with several ‘drives’ per shoot, in different locations
  • 1 shoot with the sparring stallions
  • 1 Flamingos/Birdlife shoot
  • Photographic opportunities of the Saint Louis Festival
  • B&B at a charming 3-star hotel in a picturesque mediaeval walled city
  • 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)
Create Away What’s included in the price: Create Away What’s excluded:
  • Airport transfers*
  • Expert guidance throughout
  • All transportation
  • B&B in comfortable 3 star Hotel
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Meals (except breakfast)
  • Snacks & drinks

*airport transfers are guaranteed on workshops days only

Day 1

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.

At 18h00, we will gather for a welcome drink and briefing meeting.

Day 2

We spend the morning at the Ornithological park, which is a nature reserve of great importance. Accompanied by a BBC Wildlife bird specialist photographer and expert in his field, we will have pre-dawn access, long before it is opened to the public, enabling you to photograph the birds exclusively in the early morning light. You will be guided to the prime locations among the waterways and lakes to capture a wide variety of species, from single birds perched at the nest to large flocks of pink Flamingos.

In the afternoon, we photograph the Wild White horses running through the marsh and heading straight towards your camera. We shoot several drives with the horses running across your field of view. We will also take portraits of the ‘Gardians’ (Camargue Cowboys) dressed in their traditional Camargue shirts & hats, trident in hand, surrounded by the herd.

Day 3

In the morning we have another session with the horses running together through the shallow waters of the lakes. After the action, we then take portraits of the horses on their own or in small groups.

After the shoot, you can browse the mediaeval market, within the city walls, and at 11h00 don’t miss the Historical Parade with King Louis, his court, the knights, flag throwers, musicians, soldiers and his people, providing great festival photography opportunities as they make their way to Porte de la Gardette for 11h30 where the King is presented with the keys to the City. There is plenty of mediaeval entertainment, throughout the day, where you can capture great street photography of the festival.

In the afternoon we photograph the white horses running through the marsh, in a different location. We will also capture the ‘Gardians’ at work, herding the wild horses.

After the shoot, you may want to capture the night Historical Parade, through the City, that starts at 9pm.

Day 4

For the final shoot, we capture the sparring stallions– this is a unique opportunity to see the White horses entwined at full height, in feisty temperament with their manes flying!

After the shoot, you have another opportunity to capture the festivities in town, with the Historical Parade starting at 10h15 and the presentation of the keys at 10h45.

Early afternoon departures to the airport.

Single occupant (en-suite): £1725 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:

  • 3 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 an expert professional photographer

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.

 

 

Gift voucher
Why not treat someone with one of our Gift Vouchers? – available for full or partial workshop prices

2021

 

August

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