- Twice Daily field shoots in Monet's Gardens during non-public hours -


JUNE 15 - 23, 2017

cost:  $3,495.00 pp. double occupancy

(Limit: 8 participants)




Lodging, breakfast and dinner for the duration of the workshop.

Daily mentored, field shoots and critiques, eight days of field shoots before and after public hours in the estate gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny, France, lectures with professional instruction.

All ground transportation from the Charles de Gaulle airport.


    For eight years I taught this highly popular workshop in Monet's gardens. It has been absent from my schedule for the last three years as I pursued other projects. Thanks to popular demand I am pleased to offer it once again in 2017.

The Flowers of Monet workshop has expanded. The workshop now includes:

   Two new abstract photography techniques;

Two days of learning techniques to make impressionist-style images.


Created using the techniques taught at this workshop, I have set some of my best abstract and impressionist images to music.

The video is posted on vimeo.com. To watch it just click HERE.



    Claude Monet is considered the founding member of the impressionist movement in painting. Impressionist art is based on the use of color, which has to "draw" the motive without resorting to line. Monet used the effects of light and color in order to capture the changing conditions of his subjects, transforming Nature into art.

 This intensive workshop will photographically follow in the footsteps of Monet as we use

advanced photographic techniques to turn "reality" into art.

    Like Monet, who studied his subjects intently, planned his paintings and worked hard to achieve his results, you will spend eight days immersed in the beauty of the flowers and gardens of the Monet estate. Time enough to study, visualize and create impressionistic and abstract images of nature. This workshop begins by throwing out the standard dictums of flower photography and introduces to a whole new paradigm in creative photography. Cameras not longer are a means to capture a scene but are, instead, blank canvases on which to paint. Flowers are not subjects but sources of light, color, and shape: our paintbrushes to create new and unique images.

    This is a lecture-based workshop that will introduce to a number of new photographic techniques that will change the way you visualize subjects and create new artistic definitions. Each day will feature two field trips into the gardens to complete assignments followed by a review and critique of you field work. All our garden photography sessions will be conducted before and after public hours.

     At the gateway to Normandy and only 45 km from Paris, the village of Giverny (pronounced Jee-va-nyee), the Monet Estate and the surrounding Normandy country side will be the setting for this eight day workshop. It is an area incredibly rich in color, flowers, landscapes, and ancient architecture creating unlimited photographic opportunities. Our days will be spent learning and applying advance techniques and unique tools to the art of abstract and impressionist flower photography. Using elements of light, time, focus, lens selection, filters, depth of field, and motion, you will be able to use these techniques in the field in order to create visually stunning abstract and impressionistic images of your own making.







    As with all Mark's workshops, professionally-mentored field work is emphasized supported by lectures, critiques, tech talks and question and answer sessions. Almost every day is spent in the field to provide opportunities to work on your art. Plenty of one-on-one time with Mark is built in so that he can provide on-the-spot guidance via interpretive questions and personal experience as you work on finding and developing your personal vision. Participants must be familiar with all the operations of their cameras along with a good, working understanding of the principles of composition, basic image design and metering.

ITINERARY: (Subject to change due to weather and group abilities)
Day 1: Arrive/meet at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France early/mid morning and transfer to our lodging in Giverny. Afternoon lecture. Preview walk through of the gardens followed by dinner.
Day 2-8: Generally two field shoots day are scheduled in the Monet gardens. Field shoots will be conducted early in the morning and early evening before and after the grounds are opened to the public. The balance of each day will be spent editing and critiquing field work and exploring the village of Giverny.
Day 9: Depart for airport in the morning and home.


Workshop costs Include: Lodging, breakfast and dinner. RT ground transportation service between Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris, France and Giverny; applicable entrance fees; taxes and service charges.


Not Included:  Meals not indicated above; activities not indicated on itinerary; travel/baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; gratuities; personal use items such as phone, laundry, etc. Please note that laundry service is available at our lodging for a nominal fee.


Airfares: Air fare costs for flights from participants home city to Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris, France are not included. Participant is responsible for making their own arrangements for an early morning arrival in Paris for the start of the workshop.


Workshop Deposit/Payments: For full payment registrants a deposit of $600.00 is required at the time of registration. A second payment of $500.00 is due no later than March 1, 2016 if registering more than one year in advance. The balance due in full before one hundred and fifty (150) days prior to the start of the trip.


Reservations: Due to the popularity of this trip, making an early reservation is recommended. You can reserve a place by either registering on-line or by calling Wildlight Photography at (612) 804-7377 during the weekday office hours of 9:00 am-4:30 pm PST. We accept credit cards (VISA, MC, Discover).


Cancellation Policy: If you cancel 150 days or more prior to departure, a refund less a cancellation fee of 50% of your initial deposit will be made. Per person charges for cancellations received 120 days or less from the trip start date are as follows: 120-91 days - 65% of trip cost; 90 or fewer days prior to departure - 100% of trip cost. Note: In addition of cancellation fees, deposits required to guarantee hotel rooms, entrance fees, or local transportation may be nonrefundable. The purchase of travel insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation is highly recommended as these policies are strongly adhered to. Wildlight Nature Photography reserves the right to cancel any group due to insufficient registration. In the even of such cancellation, those with reservations shall be notified as soon as possible and a full refund of trip payment will be given. Wildlight Nature Photography is not responsible for  additional expenses incurred in preparation for a trip.

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