Provence Photography Tour | 30 June - 06 July 2019
A fabulous seven day tour to photograph lavender, sunflowers, architecture and lifestyle in the splendour of Provence.
Provence is most magnificent in the summer months. During July, the countryside is awash of blues and yellows, soft light and summer sounds. The Valensole Plateau, where we begin our trip harbours gentle farmland, where lavender has grown for centuries. Among the fields are lone trees and farm buildings, terra cotta roofed with adjoining cypress trees and all these make perfect subjects for memorable and enviable photography.
Highlights other than lavender and sunflowers across Valensole include the countryside around Moustiers Saint Marie, a day trip through the Gorges Du Verdon ending at Roujon, the Rhone River at Avignon, St Michel L’Observatoire, Gordes, Bonnieux, Banon and many more.
The tour is based in two locations. From Sunday 30th June to Wednesday 3rd July we will be based in the Valensole area. We move to the West of Provence to Avignon from Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th July.
We will spend time discovering French towns and villages and we will teach you to photograph not only the landscape, but to enjoy architecture, still life and the idyllic French lifestyle, as well as capturing morning and evening light on these classic rural scenes.
Brush off those winter blues and book a trip that guarantees warmth, ensures great photography and the very best of French lifestyle.
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Is it hot in Provence?
Yes. The south east of France can get hot indeed, but we will endeavour to work in the best of the morning and evening light. I will keep the group out of any intense heat by relaxing in the afternoons, either back at the air conditioned hotel or in a suitable cafe, if we happen to be on route. Sun cream is an essential.
What clothing should I bring?
Dress in comfortable loose clothing, like T-shirts, loose shirts with a collar or base layers as these will work very well at keeping you cool. I would refrain from any dark coloured clothing, like navy blue, black, dark red, as these will only make you feel even hotter. You will need shorts and perhaps a light fleecy sweater, for dawn / twilight shoots. Don't forget a floppy sun hat of some sorts. Sunglasses are an absolute essential, polarised ones will really help with creativity.
Walking shoes are perfect for the countryside. You will not need heavy leather walking boots, these will just make you feel more uncomfortable. As we will visit towns and villages, a pair of trainers / sneakers will help keep you feet cool and the walking easy.
What camera kit should I bring?
A wide angle lens (16-35), medium zoom (24-70) and a longer zoom (70-300) will be ideal to cover most compositional eventualities but don’t forget the macro lens if you have one. The most used will be in the 24-70 range as a super wide angle doesn’t always translate, so make sure this focal length is covered. It’s best not to weigh yourself down, so why not bring an airport style bag for all your kit and a smaller day bag, which you can decant equipment into throughout the day.