Camargue Horses – Something New & Something Different
Photographers on Safari’s annual photography tour to the Camargue has sold out every year since its inception in 2008. There have been two tours back-to back several times. People absolutely fall in love with this tour. Quite a number of photographers have done this same tour on three separate occasions now. My agent and I have spent many hours trying to come up with photographic opportunities quite different to the norm. I seriously believe that we have done just that. The pictures on this page and in the associated picture gallery certainly demonstrate that. Not only are the pictures quite different, they are stunningly beautiful. They have set new standards to Camargue Horses photography.
Horses Running in Clouds of Dust
All our sessions on the main trip are done in water. Water really adds an extra dimension to the photographs of the Camargue Horses. We cannot outdo these very powerful photographs, or so we thought. We thought, we thought, and we thought again. My agent showed me some pictures he had taken of horses running around in an arena surrounded by dust. They have great potential, I said, but I was concerned about the posts and rails behind them. They spoiled the pictures in my opinion. The basic idea was great, but we had to find a way of creating better backgrounds.
Horses Running in Clouds of Dust at Sunset
Little acorns eventually grow into huge Oak trees. We came up with the idea of starting these sessions late afternoons and continuing through until the sun had set. This meant that we would begin with the horses running through dusty soil in subdued evening light. We shot towards the sun so that the rays of the sun shone through the dust created by the running horses. These shots were great, but as the sun got lower the dust became orange which added a whole new dimension to the photographs. The dust became more and more illuminated as the sun got lower. As the sun got close to the horizon it was as if the sky was on fire. Some of the photos give the impression of the horses running through a burning sky. We truly had come up with something very different to anything we had done before. This technique has added a whole new dimension to photographing horses in the Camargue.
Three Sessions in Two Separate Locations
We have decided to have three sessions with the horses in dust. Weather conditions can vary, and we want to provide enough chances to give you the best opportunity of leaving with some really special photographs. Last year we treated the first session as a bit of a practice session to get all our photographers in tune with the techniques required. We spent a couple of hours going through each person’s photos and giving advice on a one-to-one basis on how (if any) improvements could be made on future shoots. This classroom-based session proved invaluable and will be continued in all future tours. The following night we photographed different horses at a different location. With the experience of the first session behind them, all photographers got some really stunning shots on the second evening. On the third evening we repeated what we did on the first evening. Everyone benefited from having photographed here two nights previously. They knew exactly what to expect and what settings to use. The results were phenomenal.
Performing Andalusian/Lusitano Horses
We will have two early morning sessions with four wonderfully trained performing horses. These horses will be in two separate stunning locations where they are photographed in two separate amazingly beautiful avenues of trees. We should have two white and two black horses. The horses will be photographed in various positions in the avenues. They will also walk on their back legs while their bodies are in an almost vertical position. These horses are a wonder to behold. The bond between them and their trainers is very, very special. The horses are so eager to please. They absolutely crave praise from the trainers and will do anything within their capabilities to receive it. They will also gallop towards you at high speed, both singly and in pairs. They really enjoy this and will sometimes skip and jump while running at full speed, which makes for some fantastic shots. We will also spend time taking some really detailed head-shots of these stunning horses in a darkened shed.
Maximum of Six Clients per Tour
Photographers on Safari want to make this extension a very special event and do not want to compromise on your enjoyment of these sessions. We will limit the group to just 6 photographers so that everyone has the chance of shooting from a premium position. This does mean that this part of the trip is proportionally more expensive than the main tour. The cost of hiring the horses is split between six clients rather than the normal twelve clients. Those taking part will quickly appreciate that the benefits of a smaller group clearly outweigh the relative extra cost involved in providing these exclusive opportunities.
We have provisionally arranged two extensions to our 2020 White Horses of the Camargue Tour. One will immediately precede the main trip and one will follow it. Priority will be given to those people who join us on the main tour. If there are spare places, then we will offer just the extension (without the main tour) if some clients find that preferable. The extension preceding the main tour must be filled prior to bookings being taken for the extension after the tour. We will be based in a hotel in Arles for the extensions. Transport will be provided to and from Marseilles Airport
Typical Itinerary – April 2020
The order of the itinerary may change in order to make the best of the given lighting conditions. The content will, basically, remain the same.
Day One – Tuesday 7th April 2020
Arrive Marseilles. Transfer by minibus to our hotel in Arles. Evening session photographing Horses in the dust. Overnight at Ibis hotel in Arles B & B. Lunches and Dinners available in the hotel at own expense.
Day Two – Wednesday 8th April 2020
Morning sessions photographing performing Andalusian / Lucitano Horses in stunning avenues lined by trees. Breakfast followed by constructive critique on photographs from each person’s photographs from the last two sessions. Evening session photographing Horses in the dust. Overnight at Ibis hotel in Arles B & B. Lunches and Dinners available in the hotel at own expense.
Day Three – Thursday 9th April 2020
Morning sessions photographing performing Andalusian / Lucitano Horses in stunning avenues lined by trees, followed by indoor session taking portraits of the horses’ heads. Breakfast (provided we are back in time) followed by constructive critique on photographs from each person’s photographs from the last two sessions. Evening session photographing Horses in the dust. Overnight at Ibis hotel in Arles B & B. Lunches and Dinners available in the hotel at own expense.
Day Four – Friday 10th April 2020
Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Saintes Maries de La Mer in time for group briefing / advice on main tour followed by afternoon activities.
We will be staying at the Ibis Hotel in Arles. It has been chosen due to its proximity to the autoroutes that we will be using to reach each photographic venue. It was virtually impossible to find a parking place for a minibus anywhere near the town centre. The hotel just 1500 metres from the centre of this historic town. Every room is soundproofed and has Wifi and air conditioning. It boasts an A La Carte restaurant and there is a nearby Lidl for anyone wanting a cheaper option.
Dates & Cost
April 7th to April 10th 2020 £1999.00
Price excludes International airfare. We recommend British Airways flying from London to Marseilles.