White Horses of Camargue | 5 Day Photo Tour in France
Camargue is a region in Southern France known for its marshes and extraordinary wildlife – the graceful flamingos and the elegant white horses that are native to the area. This adrenaline-packed photo tour is a great opportunity to shoot the beauty of the white horses displaying their love for freedom and play as you learn and apply new techniques in capturing moving subjects.
Across five incredible days, we'll make use of the blazing sunrises and sunsets that Camargue is known for, as we photograph the great white horses across a variety of epic locations. From beaches to sand dunes, salt flats, grassy wetlands and lakes, we'll capture these spectacular equines at their finest.
For the duration of the tour, you'll have professional photography guides on-hand to teach you everything you need to know in order to take home awe-inspiring shots. They'll make sure that your photography skills improve as you immerse yourself in the wonders of the Camargue National Park.
Whether you are a beginner, an amateur or a seasoned professional, this photo workshop in the south of France will elevate your wildlife photography portfolio to a whole new level. Join us on an exhilarating adventure photographing the white horses and birds of Camargue. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Day 1: Arrival
We'll begin the trip by meeting at the Marseille airport at 1PM. Our schedule will be tight, so that we can accomplish more during the next few days and make the most of our time in France. For this reason, we advise that newcomers book morning flights or stay in Marseille overnight. Our recommended airlines to fly into Marseille are KLM or AirFrance. Once the group has assembled, we'll begin our journey towards the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue, also known as the Camargue National Park. Upon arrival to the town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer – where the park is located – we'll receive a brief orientation on shooting the horses and other important reminders to keep in mind during our tour. Thereafter, we'll make our way to the first shooting location to capture the ranchers herd the animals into dynamic squadrons, galloping upon the sandy beaches or in shallow water. We'll spend the wonderful golden hours of the day before sunset photographing Camargue's unparalleled equine beauties.
Day 2 - Day 2: Show of White Horses
On day two, we'll head out to photograph the horses in the early morning in the pink salt marshes. This amazing photo shoot will be followed by a short critique and discussion session of the photos we've taken, before we head out into the park once again. This time, we'll continue to sharpen our photography skills as we capture the spectacular foals and mares at sunset.
Day 3 - Day 3: Camargue National Park
On day three, we'll spend the sunrise birdwatching in the Camargue National Park. We will have a special access only for our group in this park to have the best light when we see the 340 species of birds that visit this park, the most famous are the pink flamingoes. We'll follow the paths and make use of the observation booths in order to capture these colourful creatures mulling about in their colonies on a small island near Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, which is the only such habitat for these birds in France.
In the afternoon, we'll have another photography educational masterclass and critique session, before we head back into the national park for a sunset session in the classic marshes with the white horses as they move around with their herds, guided by the ranchers.
Day 4 - Day 4: The Camargue Bulls
We'll have two shooting sessions again this day – one in the morning and the other in the evening. In the morning, we will photograph the Camargue bulls which takes place in a natural site between marshes and tall grass . The herd of 15 to 20 free-roaming bulls is led by herdsmen on horseback. The photographers are high on a large trailer pulled by a tractor. This allows you to move to change your point of view without scaring the bulls. It will be a very memorable experience as we even have breakfast with the herdsmen to have the chance to talk to them about their lives.
In the afternoon, we will focus on landscape photography shooting the pink salt marshes as we make some abstract compositions.
Day 5 - Day 5: Departure from Marseille airport
This will be our last day together in France. We will have the sunrise session with the horses on the beach as the finale. After breakfast, we'll pack our belongings and begin the drive back to Marseille, arriving by around noon. From there, you'll be able to catch your flight home or onwards to your next destination, no doubt with a plethora of new photography skills under your belt and a portfolio of incredible images of the white horses of Camargue.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The tour will always dependent on weather, as the weather can be highly unpredictable.
28 April -2 May 2023 Guided by Albert Dros and Armande Sarlangue
Albert is a Dutch photographer with an extreme passion for landscape photography. He aims to capture places and certain moments in the best way possible by using his own vision and unique style. His style consists of strong vibrant, sometimes fairytale like images in which he expresses himself. Albert has a background in Design, Video and Animation. He has worked for himself his whole life and has as a Master Degree in Multimedia & Entertainment Technology.
Albert loves to travel. Next to photo tours and workshops he likes to explore the world on his own or with friends. He has a passion for visiting the most beautiful spots in the world, whether known or unknown. Challenging himself is what keeps him motivated. Albert loves planning his shots carefully.
He does this with great detail to make sure his efforts have the highest chances of success. He sometimes plans days, weeks, months or even years to get that particular shot he wants. Challenging himself combined with planning and writing a story of the whole process is Albert’s specialty. He is always looking for new challenges and adventures. He is able to find beauty anywhere in the world: from misty mornings in the forests minutes away from his home to rooftops of the highest buildings in Dubai to remote locations in Iceland or the US. Next to taking photos, Albert also likes to teach and write about photography.
He occasionally writes for the most well known Photography magazines both on - and offline. Along that he has worked with many brands in the photography industry and is an official Sony Ambassador of Imaging.
His work has been featured in some of the biggest news outlets & magazines worldwide, like TIME, National Geographic and Adobe.
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Armand Sarlangue is a full-time photographer for the past 16 years. Son of a pro photographer, visual arts have always been a passion since childhood and he always had a camera in hands since young age.
He started working as a reportage and studio photographer in 2005.
In 2018, he finally decided to focus on what he loves the most, nature photography.
He’s now photography educator and workshop leader, as well as NFT artist.
Being in the most remote places and capturing the artistic expression of the natural world is what motivates him, and he believes that photography can be one of the best ways to raise awareness on nature conservation, by helping others to connect with the secret beauty of nature.
Photography is also a way for him to tell his own inner stories about our world, using nature’s shapes and colors as words.
His images have been awarded tens of times, and exhibited internationally by institutions like the California Academy of Sciences, Exposure Photography Festival, Sienna Photography Festival, and others. He recently won the grand prize of the biggest international Aerial photography awards, The Siena Drone Awards, with his signature image « Big Bang ».
His work can be seen in several photo books, and have been featured by medias such as Natgeo, Geo Magazine, M6 TV, France TV, The Guardian, Paris Match, Vanity Fair, Australian Photography Magazine, BBC News, and many others.