White Horses of the Camargue

 

April 25 - 30, 2016 (sold out)

  Jim Zuckerman Botswana Tour 2013

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Even if you don’t ride horses, you have to appreciate their beauty and grace when they are in motion. They are magnificent, powerful, and very exciting to photograph. In the Spring of 2016, I am leading a photo workshop to photograph the white horses of the Camargue.  This is a marshy region in southern France where the horses have been living for 5000 years. The Romans knew them, and whenever you see a painting of Napoleon rearing on a white horse, he was riding one of these wonderful horses.

During the workshop, we will photograph the horses running through marshes, running in the surf at the beach, and running free in a field where you can pan with slow shutter speeds for artistic blurs or use faster speeds to freeze the action. In addition, we will have a session with mothers and foals (the young horses are born black and it takes them five years to turn white) as well as two sessions with stallions battling for domination. We will have 9 sessions in total at sunrise and sunset to take advantage of the best lighting.  This is a very special photo opportunity that may very well produce some of the best images you’ve ever taken.

In addition, there is a nearby bird sanctuary where we will have an afternoon photographing many species of migratory birds including herons, egrets, and thousands of flamingos that feed just a few feet from your camera. It’s exciting to see them land on the water and fly past us in huge numbers.

There will be two photo instructors on this trip:  Jim Zuckerman and Scott Stulberg.

 

Tour cost: $3950

Single supplement: $825

Price includes five nights lodging, nine photo sessions with the white horses, all ground transportation,
all breakfasts, entrance fee into bird park, and photo instruction.

Price does not include international and domestic airfare, meals except those noted above, tips,
drinks, alcoholic beverages, and items of a personal nature.

  

Itinerary

Depart from home for the journey to Marseille in the south of France. Allow enough time for the flight so you arrive in time to meet the group at the airport in Marseille on April 25.

DAY 1: Monday, April 25.  Arrive in Marseille and meet Jim and Scott at 2:00pm at the airport. We meet in Hall 1 as you exit the baggage area in the international terminal. You will be met and driven to St. Marie de la Mer, which will be our base of operations for our workshop. We will have our first photo session of the horses (depending on traffic and possible late arrivals at the airport) running through the marsh in sunset lighting. Overnight in St. Marie de la Mer.

DAY 2: Tuesday, April 26. Our sunrise shoot today is with mothers and foals.  We will have up close and personal encounters with the horses in the open with no fences or distractings in the background.  The afternoon session is ultra-dynamic.  Two stallions are placed together in the shallow water of a marsh and they combat each other for domination.  The photography is awesome.  Overnight in St. Marie de la Mer.

DAY 3:  Wednesday, 27.  We get up early today and drive to the beach to photograph the white horses running in the sand and in the surf.  This photo opportunity is tremendous, and everyone gets incredible pictures.  In the afternoon, another session where the horses run through the marsh directly at your camera. Overnight in St. Marie de la Mer.

This is your chance to get a professional evaluation of your efforts, plus Jim will explain how problems in individual images can be remedied with post-production techniques.

DAY 4: Thursday, April 28. Panning shots, creative blurs, and freeze-frame action shots are on the agenda this morning.  A dozen or so horses run past us at breakneck speed, and you can position yourself to pan with the horses or have them come at you.  They will be on land this time for a very different photographic experience.  The afternoon is spent in the bird sanctuary where you'll get amazing shots of birds in flight, water birds feeding, and closeup head shots of birds in the trees. Overnight in St. Marie de la Mer.

DAY 5: Friday, April 29: To make sure you get spectacular shots of the stallions sparing, we have another early morning session with them today.  Use fast shutter speeds and your motor drive because things happen fast.  In the middle morning, we have a private session with a trained horse to rear on command.  This is both indoor and outdoor; indoors use studio lights (provided) to create a black background for later digital effects if you like to work in Photoshop. In the afternoon, we have our final session with the horses running through the marsh at your camera in beautiful sunset light.

DAY 6: Saturday, April 30: Today you have an early morning transfer back to Marseille to catch your flight home, knowing that the images we've captured are truly incredible.

 

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