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Cape Buffalo under a starry sky as photographed on the NaturesLens African Wildlife of Zimanga photography holiday

Last month I had the pleasure of guiding a great group of guests on our South African Wildlife of Zimanga photography holiday. This tour is the perfect blend of traditional safari game drives coupled with some extraordinary hide sessions. There was something for everyone – majestic mammals, beautiful raptors & little birds.

Zimanga, the South African wildlife reserve is a 3-hour drive from Durban airport. Upon arrival at the reserve entrance, we transferred to the lodge by a land cruiser. We were greeted by giraffe, buffalo, impala, warthog, kudu & nyala as we drove the short distance to our accommodation – what a great start to the trip!

Warthog welcome party as photographed on the NaturesLens South African holiday

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Black stallion prancing during a portrait session typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

One of the things that make our White Horses of the Camargue trip unique is the opportunity to photograph black stallions.

We will have a session with a black stallion on the beach/ dunes and in the sea plus a further creative portrait session. Each session lasts around 90 – 120 minutes so there will be plenty of time to capture some truly stunning images of these midnight steeds.

Serge and I will be on hand to provide advice on settings to help you get the best images possible. There will be a chance in between sessions to look at our pictures for those who would like some extra tuition.

We will stay in the medieval walled city of Aigues-Mortes during our time in the Camargue. In our free time, we can walk the ramparts and take in the fantastic view of the eerie red salt lagoons and enormous sparkling salt piles as well as the canals that skirt around the town. So much to do and see in just five days!

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A perfect reflection of white horses walking in single file at sunset typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Wild white horses at sunset have long been a popular romantic image. Our tour to the Camargue offers so many different opportunities from exciting action to intimate portraits; from high key images to gorgeous sunset colours (weather permitting!)

The essential thing to remember when photographing at sunset is not to go anywhere. Just when you think that the best colours are over, sometimes, they are just beginning, so keep that camera handy until the light is truly gone. There is often a pause of several minutes where all the colours fade from the sky only for incredible intense colours to return as the sinking sun lights up the clouds that are higher in the sky.

If we are lucky, we may even get some reflection shots. When composing for your reflection shot, make sure that the top of your subject is not cut off at the bottom of your frame. Also, remember to shoot low. Getting down close to the ground can reveal reflected colours that are not visible when you are standing up.

During each of our sessions with the horses, there will be several Gardians on hand to herd the horses. They will skilfully drive the horses towards our cameras, giving us the very best possibilities for some fantastic photography.

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White stallion leaping out of the surf at sunset typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Horses have long been depicted as a metaphor for the wild, the majestic, and the unbreakable. Their spirit and their loyalty have been used to inspire the imagination. The white stallions of the Camargue are both a well-known fixture and an inspiration for the people of the area.

The Camargue is a wetland area at the mouth of the River Rhône where the landscape is composed of vast areas of salt marshes. The legendary white horses have lived here for centuries, cared for by their “Gardians”. They are used to manage the bull herds and also provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the Camargue region on horseback.

Our tour offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent white stallions and capture images of them fighting and running in the surf as well as intimate close-ups. Unlike similar tours, our price also includes a special creative portrait session using daylight and continuous lighting. If you would like to capture images comparable to the ones below, why not join us?

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Wild white horses in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Is there anything more evocative than the image of a herd of wild white horses in the surf? For me, it brings back memories of that iconic scene in the Lord of the Rings when Arwen summons the river horses. Quite appropriate when you consider that the Camargue horses are also known as “the horse of the sea”. They are not shod and their broad hooves are evolutionary adaptions to their wet environment.

These magnificent horses represent one of the oldest breeds in the world. It is believed that they are descended from the prehistoric horses which lived during the Paleolithic period around 17,000 years ago. Unbelievably, despite being an ancient species, the Camargue horses were only officially recognized as a breed in 1967.

You don’t need a long lens to photograph the white horses running in the surf or along the water’s edge. In fact, the longest lens you need for this trip is a 70-200mm!

Wild white horses in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography HolidayA lone white horse emerges from the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday Read more

Wild white horses of the Camargue running in the surf typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Due to a cancellation, we are running a special offer on our Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday. For the next two places to be sold on this trip, we are offering a £200 discount – this means you will pay £1899 instead of £2099!

You can make a booking enquiry on the main event page. Make sure to enter CAMARGUESPECIAL into the offer code box to get the £200 discount.

SORRY, BUT BOTH SPECIAL OFFER PLACES HAVE BEEN RESERVED.

White stallion with windswept mane typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

 

We will be photographing during the best times of the day for light, i.e. early morning & late afternoon so that we can take advantage of sunrise & sunset.

The Wild White Horses of the Camargue have lived in the area for centuries in semi-wild conditions. The harsh environment of the marshes & wetlands has contributed to the development of their stamina, hardiness & agility for which they are known for today.

Even if you don’t ride horses, you won’t be able to help but appreciate their beauty & grace when they are in motion. They are magnificent, powerful & extremely exciting to photograph. We will be posting a series of blog posts, with more images, about these beautiful equines in the coming days.

Once the two discounted places have been sold the price will revert to £2099 so, don’t miss out & book today!

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A young seal watches the photographer from the shoreline photographed on the NaturesLens Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday

During the first week of the NaturesLens Grey Seals of Lincolnshire photography holidays, Sean took the group out onto the sandbanks at low tide where they were able to capture images of the seals in the surf. They were lucky enough to get some lovely shots of these iconic mammals swimming around, frolicking in the surf & curiously popping their heads up through the waves.
A Lincolnshire seal peers at the photographer from the safety of the surf of a beach photographed on the NaturesLens Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday A very young seal watches the photographer from the safety of the surf of a beach photographed on the NaturesLens Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday
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Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (12 of 13)

White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Galloping en-masse towards you through deltas at sunset, droplets kicked up by dozens of hooves, suspended for a fraction of a second against a golden sky, the spectacle of the wild white horses of the Camargue is a stunning reminder of the raw beauty of Mother Nature & an unforgettable image waiting to be taken.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (5 of 13)

Join NaturesLens & Camargue Specialist Photographer, Serge Krouglikoff, to witness the raw power & natural elegance of the stallions & horses of the Camargue. Over the course of 5 days, we will have seven photography sessions with these stunning horses & their Gardians, the men on horseback who watch over the wild horses who have inhabited the wetlands for generations.

You will photograph the iconic white horses, alone & in groups, as they posture, trot & gallop through the marshes, surf & lakes, their grace & elegance reflected back through the surface of the water.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (3 of 13)

With several drives per shoot, you will have ample opportunity to capture images from a range of perspectives, including horses running towards the lens & across your field of view.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (11 of 13)

Two separate sessions with a single stallion (one white & one black) on the beach take place in the afternoons, allowing for dramatic action shots as the beautiful animal gallops through the surf and along the shoreline.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (8 of 13)

Intertwined at full height, we also have one session with sparring stallions, showcasing their feisty, fiery temperament.

Our trip also encompasses a unique opportunity to add something rather unique & unusual to your portfolio. An afternoon session of portrait photography of both the white stallion & a black stallion, against a clean, moody backdrop, using both lighting & natural daylight, making for dramatic close-up shots.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (2 of 13)

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (1 of 13)

Accommodation is a 3-star hotel on a bed & breakfast basis. In trip, transportation is also included in the cost. International flights, lunch, dinner, drinks & items of a personal nature are excluded.

White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 – Wednesday 25 September

Travel to Montpellier & transfer to our accommodation.

Day 2 – Thursday 26 September

In the morning, we photograph the Wild White horses running through the marsh. We will also take shots of the ‘Gardians’ (Camargue Cowboys) dressed in their traditional Camargue shirts & hats, trident in hand, surrounded by the herd as well as some close-up portraits of these perfectly ‘weathered’ ranchers.

In the afternoon, a special portrait session of both the white stallion & the black stallion, against a moody backdrop, using both lighting & natural daylight, making for dramatic feisty close-up shots.

Day 3 – Friday 27 September

At dawn, we photograph the sparring stallions – this is a unique opportunity to see the white horses entwined at full height, in feisty temperament with their manes flying.

Late afternoon, we head to the beach for the ultimate spectacle of the horses running along the golden sand & in the surf with sea spray flying, as the sun sets.

Day 4 – Saturday 28 September

At dawn, we head back to the beach to photograph the black stallion running along the white sand & in & out of the sea – the black horse against the white of the beach & sea makes for a dramatic combination.

In the afternoon, we have another session with the white horses running through the marsh but in a different location & with a different composition. We will also capture the ‘Gardians’ at work herding the wild horses.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (12 of 13)

Day 5 – Sunday 29 September

For the last morning, we head to the beach for the shoot with the beautiful single white Stallion. We photograph him dashing & diving in & around the sea and surf, as well as rearing on the top of the dunes, making for a wide range of dramatic action shots.

Afternoon departure to the airport.

White Horses of the Camargue Availability

Spaces available

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 5 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Unless stated otherwise, most NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement - if this is unclear for any event, please check the accomodation arrangements prior to making a booking.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling, international or western cuisine is often NOT available - if this is unclear for any event, please check the cuisine arrangements prior to making a booking.

White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (12 of 13)

White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

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Galloping en-masse towards you through deltas at sunset, droplets kicked up by dozens of hooves, suspended for a fraction of a second against a golden sky, the spectacle of the wild white horses of the Camargue is a stunning reminder of the raw beauty of Mother Nature & an unforgettable image waiting to be taken.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (5 of 13)

Join NaturesLens & Camargue Specialist Photographer, Serge Krouglikoff, to witness the raw power & natural elegance of the stallions & horses of the Camargue. Over the course of 5 days, we will have 7 photography sessions with these stunning horses & their Gardians, the men on horseback who watch over the wild horses who have inhabited the wetlands for generations.

You will photograph the iconic white horses, alone & in groups, as they posture, trot & gallop through the marshes, surf & lakes, their grace & elegance reflected back through the surface of the water.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (3 of 13)

With several drives per shoot, you will have ample opportunity to capture images from a range of perspectives, including horses running towards the lens & across your field of view.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (11 of 13)

2 separate sessions with a single stallion (one white & one black) on the beach take place in the afternoons, allowing for dramatic action shots as the beautiful animal gallops through the surf and along the shoreline.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (8 of 13)

Intertwined at full height, we also have one session with sparring stallions, showcasing their feisty, fiery temperament.

Our trip also encompasses a unique opportunity to add something rather special & unusual to your portfolio. An afternoon session of portrait photography of both the white stallion & a black stallion, against a clean, moody backdrop, using both lighting & natural daylight, making for dramatic close-up shots.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (2 of 13)

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (1 of 13)

Accommodation is a 3-star hotel on a bed & breakfast basis. In trip transportation is also included in the cost. International flights, lunch, dinner, drinks & items of a personal nature are excluded.

White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 – Friday 14 September

Travel to Montpellier & transfer to our accommodation.

Day 2 – Saturday 15 September

In the morning, we photograph the Wild White horses running through the marsh. We will also take shots of the ‘Gardians’ (Camargue Cowboys) dressed in their traditional Camargue shirts & hats, trident in hand, surrounded by the herd as well as some close-up portraits of these perfectly ‘weathered’ ranchers.

In the afternoon, a special portrait session of both the white stallion & the black stallion, against a moody backdrop, using both lighting & natural daylight, making for dramatic feisty close-up shots.

Day 3 – Sunday 16 September

At dawn, we photograph the sparring stallions – this is a unique opportunity to see the white horses entwined at full height, in feisty temperament with their manes flying.

Late afternoon, we head to the beach for the ultimate spectacle of the horses running along the golden sand & in the surf with sea spray flying, as the sun sets.

Day 4 – Monday 17 September

At dawn, we head back to the beach to photograph the black stallion running along the white sand & in & out of the sea – the black horse against the white of the beach & sea makes for a dramatic combination.

In the afternoon, we have another session with the white horses running through the marsh but in a different location & with a different composition. We will also capture the ‘Gardians’ at work herding the wild horses.

Image typical of those that may be captured on the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday (12 of 13)

For the last morning, we head to the beach for the shoot with the beautiful single white Stallion. We photograph him dashing & diving in & around the sea and surf, as well as rearing on the top of the sand dunes, making for a wide range of dramatic action shots.

Afternoon departure to the airport.

White Horses of the Camargue Availability

EVENT FULLPLEASE CONSIDER BOOKING FOR 2019

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 5 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Unless stated otherwise, most NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement - if this is unclear for any event, please check the accomodation arrangements prior to making a booking.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling, international or western cuisine is often NOT available - if this is unclear for any event, please check the cuisine arrangements prior to making a booking.

EVENT FULLPLEASE CONSIDER BOOKING FOR 2019