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France: blooming Provence

Dates:

01 – 10th July 2018
Lavender photo tour in blooming Provence

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Description

Provence – the most romantic and, perhaps, the most “French” region of France. Sky, sun, sea, and endless lavender fields.
Here you want to enjoy life to the fullest, eat all the beauties of nature, soak up the heat of the sun’s rays and mellow with the freshness of a cool rose. Provence is filled with fragrances like no other region in France: lavender, rosemary, thyme fill the warmed air and stupefy the head. The region has become an inspiration for writers and artists who have found a muse in the amazing light of local landscapes.
Infinite fields of lavender and sunflowers – it is a picture that emerges first when mentioning Provence. The region has been cultivating lavender for centuries and distilling lavender oil. We will go on a fabulous journey through the flowering valleys of Provence, filled with summer scents.
Beautiful landscapes are complemented by equally beautiful cities of the region. We will stroll through the picturesque mountain villages of Luberon, many of which, thanks to the artists, have found a second life. And the famous Provencal markets, where you can taste local delicacies and buy souvenirs, will please us with city plots. I invite you to see with your own eyes the beauty that inspired Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse and other artists – it will be very interesting!

Day 1
Arrival in Marseille, transfer to our hotel for one night. Evening walk around the city, shooting the city and dinner together, meeting with the group.

Day 2
We will take pictures of Marseille at sunrise, walk around the city. In the afternoon we will drive to Provence to our cozy hotel in the suburb of Manosque. In the evening we leave for a landscape shooting on the Valensole plateau.

Days 3-7
The order these days is as follows: we shoot the purple sunrise at Valensole, amongst the flagrant lavender fields. We devote daytime to rest and post-processing workshops. Then we’ll be off to the blooming fields again to catch the last rays of the evening sun.
During this time we will visit such places as:
– Abbeye de Senanque
– The Verdon Canyon (Grand Canyon du Verdon)
– such cities as Gordes, Banon, Manosque, Roussillon
– Ruins of the village of Oppede-le-Vieux
– Ocres park (Sentier des Ocres)
and much more

Day 8-9
For a couple of days we will stay in the regional nature park Camargue. Camargue is a wetland, a mixture of solonchaks, reed marshes, marine lagoons and sandstone islands. These places were chosen by numerous birds and many animals. The symbols of the Camargue are pink flamingos, black bulls and unique wild white camargue horses that exist only here. On the territory of the reserve, there are about 4 thousand wild horses of a special local breed, which are called “Camargue horse”. Interesting is the fact that the colts of camargue horses have bay or black color, but over time it becomes lighter and becomes snow-white.

Day 10
Our workshop is over, we’re packing our bags and depart to Marseille.

Price:

by request

Included in the price:
– transportation
– accommodation
– instructions and master-classes

Not included in the price:
– airfare to and from Marseille
– visa (if applicable)
– singe supplement (400)
– meals; we will visit cafes and restaurants, where you can choose food for every taste and purse, there are no restrictions. In my experience,  20-40 euros per day will be enough.
– medical travel insurance
– personal expenses (alcohol, souvenirs, etc.)

Conditions

To reserve a place in a group, you need to prepay €400 to a bank card or through Paypal. This is a non-refundable amount, it goes on booking a hotels and renting a car. Until the moment of prepayment, the place is not considered booked. Full payment for the tour is valid until June, 1st, 2018. In case of refusal to travel 90 days before the start, 100% of the deposit is retained, 60 days before the trip – 50% of the cost of the trip, 30 days – 100% of the tour price. In case of refusal, your deposit can also be credited for participation in one of our next tours. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the trip not less than 30 days before the start of the program, under extreme force majeure circumstances. The amount of prepayment is subject to a full refund. For participants of previous photo-workshops there is a 10% discount.

If the minimum group (3 people) is not recruited, and those who have paid the program have a desire to realize their plans, the journey is possible with a change in the program and / or cost, which is discussed separately.
The level of physical difficulty of the trip is medium. There are no age restrictions.
The level of photographic preparation – primary / secondary. Confident possession of your camera, knowledge of its settings, understanding what modes Av, Tv, M.
On all issues, including equipment, photographic equipment, clothes etc., you can contact me by email dmitry@ilyshev.photo and WhatsApp – I will necessarily consult on everything related to travel, I will help with the preparation of documents for filing for a visa and purchase air tickets for suitable dates. And to apply – just write me in the mail or through the feedback form.

What to bring

Gear:
– DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release
– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 16-35. Best lens for use in wide-angle scenes or architecture photography
– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm
– A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm, 300 mm with 1.5 TC or 500 mm, 600 mm are recommended for wildlife and bird photography

Wear:
– Casual clothes for dinners and lunches and photography workshops at region of Provence
– Summer clothes
– Coat for morning photography (may be down to 10-15 C)

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