New for 2019 – Luxury All-Inclusive Photography Cruise, Canal du Midi, France

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“…photographic inspiration from ancient architecture, characterful chateau and landscapes to take your breath away.”

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Join Doug and Sue and learn how to shoot a veritable array of subjects from scenery to architecture based from your vessel “Anjodi” and the villages it visits en-route through the relaxing countryside of The Canal du Midi in France.

Best selling author and photographer Doug Harman and professional photographer and renown Photoshop Artist Sue Chapman ARPS, CPAGB will guide you through a maze of photographic tips and techniques they have mastered over the years, along with some essential editing guidance on Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop.

This week will mainly concentrate on the practical aspects of improving your photographic skills and not bog you down with too much theory.  In the evenings download your images and see them come to life with Adobe’s image editing software. 

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Prices include

• One night pre-cruise hotel stay.

• Flights

• Six-nights on board.

• Price is based on two people sharing; prices are still TBC for 2019.

After submitting your booking form, you will receive a phone call stating availability. No payments will be required until we have confirmed availability and prices accordingly.

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The Canal du Midi – France

Aboard The Anjodi

Stunning scenery and superb cuisine with your expert photographic tutors

Confirmed Dates: TBC FOR 2019

Please Note: Price is confirmed at time of booking.

 

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CANAL DU MIDI LUXURY PHOTOGRAPHY CRUISE

Marseillan to Le Somail

OVERVIEW

The 300 year old Canal du Midi skirts the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean, meandering inland through ancient villages, Roman fortifications and famed vineyards. Canal Du Midi is defined by its photogenic beauty, lined with plane trees and crossed by pretty arched bridges. The Mediterranean weather and relaxed pace of life lulls you into unwinding as you snap away aboard as your luxury Canal du Midi barge meanders gently downstream.
This is the perfect place for photography but cycling or walking along scenic tow paths is a highlight also or simply watching the scenery pass by as you relax on the deck of a Canal du Midi barge with a camera in one hand and a cool drink in the other. In the distance you’ll ponder on the Pyrenees while closer to hand vineyards stretch for thousands of square miles. You will discover a marvellous blend of ancient Gallo-Roman and traditional influences reflected throughout this region of historical importance. Explore this further with your tour guide when you visit the walled city of Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city in existence. All in all, an area of France that is replete with photographic inspiration from ancient architecture, characterful chateau and landscapes to take your breath away.
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Anjodi cruises the Canal du Midi between Marseillan and Le Somail.

Cruise Highlights

  • Visit to Pezenas, a village associated with the playwright Molière
  • Private wine tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier
  • Cruise through the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas
  • See the spectacular hilltop village of Minerve
  • Narbonne’s Archbishop’s Palace and colourful market
  • View the Pyrenees mountains across the vineyards and discover Cathar history
  • Tour Carcassonne – the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
  • Excellent towpath for walking and cycling

    Included in the Cruise Price

    • Flights to and from the UK (London) 
    • Transfers on agreed scheduled dates to and from scheduled airports or railway stations
    • Guided Cruise and all Tuition
    • One Night Pre-Cruise Hotel
    • All Tours and Visits
    • All Food and Drinks  (with the exception below*1)

Fine dining aboard your vessel

All meals on board are prepared fresh by your chef and most meals are a set menu (there is no choice available).

We are able to arrange special meals, e.g. vegetarian / no fish / vegan etc and we are able to cater for any preferences or allergies. However, it is important that we are notified of any specific requirements at least 8 weeks prior to your departure date. Failure to notify us in advance of your cruise may result in disappointment on board. There is no assigned seating for meals and the dining table on Anjodi seats all guests at single sittings.

Breakfast: Your day on Anjodi starts with a wholesome and balanced variety of breakfast foods, along with fresh breads and pastries, freshly squeezed orange juice and hot beverages.

Lunch is usually buffet style with colourful salads, pates and cold meats accompanied by hot soup or entrée, delicious deserts and a selection of regional cheeses accompanied by quality wines selected by the chef.

Dinner is a candlelit four course gourmet experience where our chef showcases his repertoire of dining delights. Harmonising food and wine is essential to the dining experience and our chef selects only the best of locally produced wines to compliment the cuisine.

Captain’s Farewell Dinner is held on the last night of your cruise. Guests may choose to dress slightly formal.

Drinks included in the cruise price: Non-alcoholic beverages and regular or decaffeinated tea and coffee, whole or low fat milk, are offered with all meals. The well-stocked bar is open 24 hours, which includes wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks (*1). All wines are provided with meals and there is a Champagne welcome on arrival.

(*1) Whilst virtually all of your drinks are included in the price of this cruise a few special brands of Champagne and special vintage wines are not. However, these can be purchased in advance of your cruise at cost price – please let us know if you would wish to purchase any of these items.

Regional Specialities

Noisette d’Agneau des Corbières en Croûte de Sel Sauce Romarin; Ragout de Calamars à la Provençale; Bouillabaisse

Wine Cellar

Domaine Gourgazaud, La Livinière, Minervois; Château les Voute-Gasparets, Corbières, Romain Pauc; Limoux Toques et Clochers, Chardonnay

Cheese Board
Pélardon; Roquefort Papillon; Cathare au Chèvre; Tomme au Piment d’ Espelette

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 Proposed Itinerary** and Course Plan*

Arrival Day, Narbonne

Guests arrive in Narbonne for their one-night, pre-cruise hotel stay. Exact hotels are subject to booking but all are 4-star or above.

Sunday, Day 2 Marseillan

Guests are met at their hotel in Narbonne and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the vessel Anjodi. Enjoy a chilled Champagne welcome with canapés and the opportunity to meet your Captain and crew and your photography hosts, Doug and Sue. Once you are settled into your cabin, you will be invited to a brief course outline (we’ll quickly go over learning aims too) and followed by a relaxing stroll around the lovely village of Marseillan, enjoying a view of the oyster beds and home of Noilly Prat Vermouth and your first opportunity to play with your cameras, if you wish. Then it’s back aboard Anjodi for a sumptuous dinner on board.

Monday, Day 3 Marseillan to Portiragnes

This morning we embark on our cruise along the 330-year-old Canal du Midi through the Bagnas nature reserve, with potential sightings of flamingos, white egrets and other migrating birds, ideal for those with  longer focal length lenses and perhaps a penchant for snapping wildlife. You’ll gently cruise under photogenic bridges built from the local black volcanic stone. After lunch on board there’s another short course briefing preparing for your visit to Pezenas, the delightful 16th century capital of the Languedoc; you’ll have a crack at some architectural photography techniques too. Pezenas, mostly known for its associations with the French playwright Molière, is a wonderful backdrop for a delicious dinner back on board Anjodi and a short briefing on the next day’s photography adventures.

Tuesday, Day 4 Portiragnes to Beziers

After breakfast, we cruise further along the Canal du Midi to our mooring near Beziers, with plenty of opportunity to photograph the surrounding countryside; you can walk or cycle along the towpath too. After lunch, we enjoy an informative winery tour and tasting at the 14th century Château de Perdiguier, named after King Charles V’s finance minister and famed for its frescoes and Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. This is yet another opportunity to practice architectural photography with the ravishing chateau as your subject, or to shoot some low light and close up photos, Sue and Doug will guide throughout.
Dinner on board is once gain accompanied by a run through of the next days photographic challenges.

Wednesday, Day 5 Beziers to Fonserannes

This morning’s excursion is to the wonderful Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. We tour the Archbishop’s Palace, Cathedral and Via Domitia and explore the indoor market at the hub of this bustling town, where you will have time to shop or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere or take more wonderful images. The market is a particular highlight for shooting the ‘local colour’ and bustle of the busy market.
We return to the hotel barge for lunch and cross the aqueduct over the River Orb, before ascending the 7-lock flight of Fonserannes through the unique oval locks, all of which make for wonderful photographic subjects in their own right. We’ll practice some ‘street-style’ photos of the locks and people working them. A great opportunity to play with black and white photo techniques. We then moor above the locks for the evening. Dinner is ashore tonight at L’Ambassade, a Michelin-rated gastronomic restaurant in Beziers. Don’t forget your cameras to snap the food!

Thursday, Day 6 Fonserranes to Capestang

This morning we continue our cruise, passing through the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas, again with perfect photography, cycling and walking opportunities along the way. Following lunch, we take an excursion to Minerve, the ancient capital of Minervois, which boasts a 12th century Cathar fort surrounded by deep limestone gorges. A scene that makes for dramatic and beautiful landscape photographs.
Besieged by Simon de Montfort in 1210, the fortified town’s hilltop location affords spectacular views. The museum’s fascinating miniature recreation of the bloodthirsty Cathar rebellion completes the intriguing picture. Returning to the barge, there is time to explore Capestang, once the summer retreat of the Bishops of Narbonne, with its magnificent 14th century collegiate church. Dinner is on board this evening, with a short briefing on your continued photographic challenges for tomorrow.

Friday, Day 7 Capestang to Le Somail

In the morning we embark on our final cruise along the historic Canal du Midi to the delightful and picturesque village of Le Somail. After lunch, we visit Carcassonne. Dating back to the Gallo Roman era, this is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today and makes it a brilliant place to practice all that you’ve been learning over the previous days. With its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, it is a stunning city that resisted the many armies that tried to storm this almost Camelot-like setting. Then it’s the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board with the Best Photo of the Cruise prizes awarded.

Saturday, Day 8 Le Somail

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Narbonne.
 

NB: * Itinerary is subject to change based on eventualities outside Capture and Create’s control. **Depending on start point, the Cruise itinerary may run in reverse.

 Pricing:

  • Cabin Price ON APPLICATION 
  • Single Occupancy Price ON APPLICATION 
  • Deposit of 50% of total price required at time of booking.
  • Final Balance to be paid 14 weeks before departure date.

What you will need for your trip 

  • Any camera with a reasonable capacity memory card, such as 8GB – or higher – compatible with your camera.
  • If you have a selection of lenses, then please feel free to bring them with you.
  • A tripod would be beneficial but not necessary.
  • We recommend you bring a laptop computer equipped with a minimum of 4GB RAM, ideally with either Photoshop CS6 (or Creative Cloud) and additionally Lightroom installed***.

***If you do not have this software installed, don’t worry, we can help you download a free 30 day trial directly from Adobe, which will be fine for the duration of the course.

NB: A tablet device will probably not suffice for the more advanced image editing tasks we will be dealing with on the cruise.

Photography Tuition: You Will Learn

Main Elements:

Camera Controls

  • Metering methods
  • ISO settings
  • White Balance control
  • Why shoot RAW?
  • Aperture and Shutter control
  • Composition and framing
  • Focusing techniques
  • Landscape techniques
  • Architectural techniques
  • Rule of thirds
  • Using your camera in low light.
  • How to get the best from longer focal lengths (zoom lenses for wildlife etc., and avoid camera shake).

Image Editing

  • Importing/Uploading Images
  • Organising and cataloguing images using keywords
  • White balance adjustment.
  • Straightening images
  • Correcting  and adjusting colour
  • Recovering highlights and shadows
  • Cloning and healing
  • Sharpening and removing image noise
  • Black and white conversion
  • Plug-ins and filters for creative effects
  • Printing and/or exporting your images
  • Organising and cataloguing images using keywords
  • Using image editing software in more detail (see 2 above).

Tailored Learning

While most of the subjects above will be dealt with as we progress through your holiday, there may not be time to cover everything. Alternatively you may wish to concentrate on certain elements of the subjects listed above, and we are happy to tailor the subjects covered to our guests, so just ask or let us know what you’d like to cover either on the cruise or at the time of booking and we’ll always be on hand and happy to help.

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