Lavendar Dreams

lavender Workshop

Every year in July, for a very short time, a vast region dips into beautiful purple-blue tones. The plateau of Valensole in Provence is unique and a real kingdom of lavender. That's exactly where we're going to go to capture this spectacle in wonderful light. But the Provence is not only made of lavender, but also beautiful gorges, magical waterfalls, original nature parks and medieval monasteries.… And again and again the lavender plays a big role.
ALL Transfers, Hotels & Meals is in the photo tour, included! Curious to know more?

Prices & Services

min. 3 Students / max. 6 Students

Lavendar Dreams Photo Tour

2900.-

Single room supplement

350.-

Date

The lavender blooms only for a short time in July. The full moon disrupts almost the whole month, except on those days where our journey takes place. Everything is perfectly coordinated and the weather is exceptionally sunny on the plateau.

Location

- Valensole
- Verdon Canyon
− Sillans la Cascade
- Abbey Sénanque
- Roussilon
- Ochre Trail

Fitness

Especially in Valensole there are hardly any footpaths to negotiate. There are a few steps to do in the Canyon of Verdon and the Ochre Trail, but not long. These are not hard trails but the heat will certainly matter. Drink a lot!

What to bring

- Basic knowledge of Photography
- Good walking boots
- Light summer clothes
- Light jacket or sweater (Night)
- Casual clothes for dinner
- Camera batteries & charger

- Memory cards & Headlamp
- Camera (APS-C or Full Frame)
- Stable Tripod
- High luminous wide-angle lens
- Other Lenses (Tele & Standard)
- Graduated Filters & ND Filter
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Laptop and charging cable
− Photoshop & Lightroom
- Socket Adapter
- Moskito Spray

Well-Being

We will stay at different hotel every day / night, that is close to our spots. Breakfast is included in each hotel. In addition, lunch and dinner are included in the photo tour. Depending we will dine together in the corresponding hotel or if we just are traveling in a restaurant on the way. In Provence, almost all restaurants are excellent and with their local food, they are literally an invitation to feast. The first night and the last night, there will be a little less sleep, because we will also dedicate ourselves to the Milky Way..

Workshop Goals

- Sunrise – & Sunset Photos
- Golden & Blue Hour
- Milky Way Photography
- Creation of Milky Way Panorama
- Composition & Perspectives
- Timeblending in the Blue Hour
- Photo Technique Panorama & Stacking
- Camera settings (Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, AWB)
- Image editing of your photos
- NEW Tracked Star Photography
- Photographing Waterfalls
− Model & Portrait with Lavendar
- Villages / Alleys / Streetphotography
- Working with graduated filters

Program

Arrivals
Saturday
06.07.2019

We meet directly at 14 PM at the Hotel Ibis in Manosque. If you come by car, Manosque has plenty of parking lot at fair prices. Then we check into the hotel and travel together 10 Minutes to Valensole.

Day 1: Valensole & Lavender Fields
Saturday / Monday
06.07.2019 – 07-07.2019

After our check-in at the Hotel Ibis, we will first drive together to Valensole and have a drink together in a bistro . Then we stroll through the village and make some shots of the dreamy village, before it goes definitely to the lavender fields. Once there we will have many opportunities and spots that we will visit and take pictures of. After the sunset and the blue hour, we will go to the restaurant and strengthen ourselves with a delicious meal, because at night we will stay up a little longer to photograph the Milky Way.

In the restaurant we will do a little on-spot Quick & dirty theory lesson to prepare ourselves optimally for the upcoming Milky Way. Above all, it will be about looking at the correct camera settings together. The Milky Way appears early and we will have plenty of time to take a lot of pictures before returning to 1 the hotel at 1 AM. Sleep is and remains very important.

Day 2: Verdon Canyon / Sillans la Cascade
Monday
07.07.2019

The next day we will have breakfast at the hotel before continuing. For now our next goal is called Verdon Canyon near the town of Aiguines, around 90 Minutes drive away from Valensole. There awaits us a masterpiece of nature and one of the largest canyons in Europe. The canyon river flows into the huge Lac de St. Croix and with an average water temperature of 24 Degree is a real paradise to swim in it. If we have time, we will do that to cool us down. Do not forget the swimwear. The gorge itself offers a great backdrop for beautiful walks, with numerous viewpoints that have been virtually created for taking pictures..

In the late afternoon we travel from the Canyon to the small sleepy town Sillans-la-Cascade. From there we will take a short hike to the impressive waterfall. On the way through the forest there are numerous spots of the small river on which we will also stop, for a short while to photograph them. At the golden hour we will find ourselves at the waterfall and optimally, the setting sun will illuminate the thunderous masses of water and thus create a magical atmosphere. The way down to the water is unfortunately usually blocked, but we will try to obtain a permit, which is not so easy in the French bureaucracy. This endeavor therefore remains open. But the viewing platform will have a lot to offer us photographically.

At dusk we will photograph the waterfall in the Blue hour and wait until the first stars appear, so that we can combine these two exposures and create a wonderful mood. Then we walk back to the village, where we source our room in our house and dinner. Elena will prepare us something magical and Andreas is a trained chef who will show his skills.

Day 3: Abbey Sénanque / Ochre Trail
Tuesday
08.07.2019

The next morning we will have breakfast together in the house and afterwards we will make our way to the Abbey Senanque, which has established itself as a landmark of Provence. Having left for a long time, some monks are now living here again, so certain rooms such as the refectory are not planned to be visited. The lavender blossom time is absolutely recommendable, as the whole area is littered with lavender flowers. Entry is only possible until 11:30 AM, so we'll be there pretty early. Aside from the photographic highlight, you can buy everything in the in-house shop that has something to do with the area.

Around noon we drive down to the village of Gordes again and eat there again in a restaurant. Then it's on to Roussillion. One of the most beautiful villages of France that reminds a little of the Italian Manarola, just without coast, but with a very special landscape… The Ochre Trail.
The ocher-colored red soil in the nearby park leaves a surreal insight and is particularly suitable for sunset. The park usually closes at 19.30 PM, but we will try to stay for an hour longer.
Then we move into our rooms at the Hotel La Maison, 150 Meters from the village center of Roussillon and have dinner together. Tomorrow is a little late sleep announced.

Day 4: Valensole
Tuesday / Wednesday
09.07. – 10.07.2018

After breakfast, we will hike through the delightful streets of Roussillion and capture the impressions with our cameras, before heading back to Valensole. Just in time for lunch we will arrive in Valensole and after that you have free time to make any purchases or to buy souvenirs. In the evening we will drive out again in the fields and capture the evening mood, as well as the blue hour. In addition, Elena will coach you in the field of modeling – and portrait photography, so that you can learn and photograph wonderful pictures in this area as well. Of course, also in combination with the lavender landscape. Here, the beautiful and experienced model Melanie will be available to us as a bright spot. The dusk breaks in soon and we will drive again to the village of Valensole to have dinner together. Then we shoot again until about. 1 1 AM the Milky Way. Afterwards we go back to the Hotel to sleep..

Workshop Finish
Wednesday
10.07.2018

After having breakfast and a cozy get-together, we will still have open questions and picture discussions. Also in the field of image editing I will give some tips and tricks. Then we say goodbye and the photo trip is over.

Included

- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner for the entire stay
- Accomodation in 3 wonderful Hotels / Holiday Homes

- Air-Conditioned Car
- All fuel costs
- Every time water supplies
- Basic photography, Camera setting and handling
- Detect light and to use correct
- Landscape Photography
- People Photography
- Street Photography
- In the free time available tips and tricks in image processing
- Sunrise – & Sunset Photos
- Golden & Blue Hour
- Night Photography / Milky Way
- Creation of Milky Way Panorama
- Composition & Perspectives
- Timeblending in the Blue Hour
- Photo Technique Panorama & Stacking
- Camera settings (Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, AWB)
- Intensive Support by the Tour Guide Fabio, Elena & Andreas
- NEW Tracked Star Photography
- NEW Included. Tutorials (Timeblending & Stacking)

Not included

- Approach / Return Journey
- Parking Fees (If you arrive by car)
- Booking of single rooms (possible extra charge)
- Tips for Restaurant
- Food & Well-Being (except Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner))
- Travel Insurance
- Accident
Insurance
- Personal Expenses

Your Tour Guide & The Model

I am an Italian Landscape – and Astrophotographer, living in Switzerland and otherwise I am to be found everywhere. Since 4 Years I have specialized in Astrophotography and am particularly pleased to offer a Photo Trip to Valensole. Every year I go back and know the area very well. I would be happy to meet you..

Elena is my constant companion and not only knows about modeling, but is herself an absolutely ingenious photographer in the portrait and modeling section. It will also prepare you 4 well on day 4 in this area and coach you to guarantee wonderful pictures in the lavender fields. In addition, you will be at any time actively supported.

Andreas is a good friend and a blessed photographer with the right eye. He will actively support us where there is need and help with essential questions, like camera settings and perspective selection. He will also bring us to the individual spots, so we have a good ride and put his cooking skills to the test even once.

Melanie will be our pretty model in the fields of Valensole last evening. With her intensive 4-year experience as a model, she knows consciously and highly professionally how to move and each of her poses fits perfectly. We are very happy that Melanie is with us and will definitely, guarantee that all photos will be absolute eye-catchers.

The Hotels

We will stay at the following Hotels. The rooms are all very clean and friendly and will come up with two single beds. Single rooms are possible, depending on whether available (Please inform as soon as possible) and surcharge.

Hotel Ibis (Manosque)

The Hotel

- Inclusive Breakfast
- Parking facilities
- Free luggage storage on site
- Free access to the pool
- Access to the Bar

The Room

- Flat Screen TV
- Air conditioning
- Bath & / or Shower / WC
- WLAN
- Hair Dryer & Ironing facility
- Cabinet
- Towels
- Toilet Paper
- Wake Up Assistance

On demand

For certain wishes, just inquire directly with me.

The reception is 24 Hours available

Check-in Time: 12:00 PM
Check-out Time: 12:00 PM

Villa de Soleils

The Villa

- Parking facilities
- Free luggage storage on site
- Free access to the pool
- Oven, Microwave, Kitchen

The Room

- TV
- Bath & / or Shower / WC
- WLAN
- Cabinet
- Toilet Paper
- Kitchen Utensils
- Oven, Microwave, Kitchen

On demand

For certain wishes, just inquire directly with me.

Check-in Time: 12:00 PM

Check-out Time: 12:00 PM

Hotel La Maison

The Hotel

- Parking facilities
- Free access to the pool
- Garden Area
- Outside Dining Area

The Room

- Flat Screen TV
- Bath & / or Shower / WC
- WLAN
- Balcony
- Hair Dryer, Clothes Horse
- Coffee – Maker & Water Heater
- Wake Up Assistance
- Towels & Toilet Paper

On demand

For certain wishes, just inquire directly with me.

Check-in Time: 12:00 PM

Check-out Time: 12:00 PM