The white horses of the Camargue – southern France
May 18th – 23rd, 2018
May 18th – May 23rd, 2018, I will be leading a workshop with my friend Jim Zuckerman to the bottom of France, near Arles, where Van Gogh painted many of his masterpieces. We will be photographing these gorgeous one of a kind all white horses which have been around for over 5,000 years, with Napoleon riding them in many famous paintings of him. There will be all kinds of shooting including in the marshes, running in the surf of the ocean, through the dirt and dust, stallions bucking, in the grassy fields with slow shutter speeds… close ups and much more. Maybe even a baby with it’s mother. This has always been one of my favorite places on earth to shoot and the Camargue horses are just poetry in motion.
The workshop will be $4,250 and be $825 for a single room supplement which you will need to pay unless you can share a bed with someone you know or a spouse. The rooms only have one big bed in them so the typical sharing a room with two beds in the room is not an option on this workshop. We have stayed at this hotel before and it is gorgeous and right on the beach in a beautiful location. The workshop includes nine shooting sessions over 5 days, your hotel room near the horses, breakfasts, and picking you up at the Marseilles airport. If you are interested, please let me know as this is one amazing animal to capture. Photographing these beautiful horses is a once in a lifetime experience and you will learn how to photograph them in many different ways and you will leave with some of your best photographs ever!!!
We will also be photographing in an amazing bird sanctuary where there will many kinds of migratory birds including herons, egrets and thousands of flamingos that fly and feed right next to you. And we will be visiting Arles, france , one of the most mesmerizing towns in all of France. Meandering around Arles is a dream and this is where they shot a major part of the movie, Ronin and the coliseum in the middle of town is just unreal. Here is my link to my our last workshop in the Camargue on my website which has many images of the Camargue horses from my previous trip there. Please email me here for more info and to answer any questions.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This workshop requires an average level of physical fitness but does not involve very much walking or hiking. We will be in marshes and by the ocean so you will probably be getting a little dirty and high rubber boots are needed on a few of the days.
The climate is going to be pretty nice with a low of approx. 42 degrees and a high of around 60 degrees. So it will not be too warm most days but can be much cooler at night. We will be staying on the ocean so their also might be a breeze in the evenings so be aware of this.
I wear shorts on most days but long pants are a good idea for many of the shoots. We will be in mud and also in water and by the ocean so be prepared to get dirty and wet. As I said, rubber boots are a must to stay dry and save your shoes and you need to buy them before you get to France. I can tell you which ones are best. Warm clothes for the evenings are needed and a light rain jacket is a good idea too. There is a swimming pool at the hotel so you might want to bring a swim suit.
The currency in France is the Euro. You can exchange money in the airport and in town and now is a great time to travel in Europe since the Euro has great exchange rates. You will also want to bring a credit card along with extra cash to be safe.
The hotel should also have a safe in each room and it is a good idea whenever possible to keep all of your valuables, like your passport, extra money and lenses you are not bringing on shoots.
Electrical sockets (outlets) in France are usually between 220 & 240 volts and are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The “Type C” Europlug and the “Type E” and “Type F” Schuko. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance’s plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it’s crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all three types. View more information about electrical standardsaround the world.
Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on being in France and anywhere else you are going & how long you are staying, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US. Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A (including the US). You can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in France, so talk to your doctor to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is right for you.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all citizens of the U.S., Canada and also England & EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. Visas are not required for people from most countries.