April 15 - 20, 2021
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 2021, I am leading another
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 galloping 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 or brown and it takes them
five years to turn white) as well as two sessions with stallions battling for
domination. We will have 8 sessions in total, and we shoot 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
In addition, there is a nearby bird sanctuary where we will have an after-
noon 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
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 air-
port in Marseille on April 15 at 2:00 pm. We then drive to the Camargue,
check into our hotel, and have an afternoon session with the horses.
DAY 1: Thursday, April 15. Arrive in Marseille and meet Jim at 2:00 pm at
the airport. We meet in Hall 1 as you exit the baggage area in the inter-
national 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 running through the marsh in sunset lighting. Over-
night in St. Marie de la Mer.
DAY 2: Friday, April 16. 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 distracting in the background. The afternoon session is
amazing. Two stallions are placed together in the shallow water of a marsh
and they spar with each other for domination. The photography is spec-
tacular. Jim will give you the camera settings for the best results. Overnight
in St. Marie de la Mer.
DAY 3: Saturday, April 17. 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.
DAY 4: Sunday, April 18. 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 directly at you. They will be on land this time for a very
different photographic experience. The afternoon is spent in the bird sanc-
tuary where you'll get amazing shots of birds in flight, water birds feeding,
and closeup headshots of birds in the trees. Overnight in St. Marie de la Mer.
DAY 5: Monday, April 19. 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 afternoon, we have our final session with the horses running through
the marsh at your camera in beautiful sunset light.
DAY 6: Tuesday, April 20. 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.
Tour cost: $4350
Single supplement: $850
Includes: Five nights lodging, eight photo sessions with the white horses,
all ground transportation, all breakfasts, entrance fee into bird park, photo
instruction. and critiques on demand.
Does not include: International airfare, meals except those noted above,
tips, drinks, alcoholic beverages, and items of a personal nature.