Opal Coast - ©Wilco Dragt

Opal Coast

  • Beautiful cliffs, tranquil beaches and idyllic fishing villages
  • Join landscape photographer Wilco Dragt and create your view on Cap de Gris-Nez and Cap de Blanc-Nez
  • Small group of up to 7 participants!
  • Price : €960,- (starting at Ambleteuse – France; price based on shared twin room)
  • Travel Code: FLF0518

Opal Coast - ©Wilco Dragt

120 kilometers of beach, dunes and cliffs: that is the Opal Coast or Côte d’Opale, in northwestern France. A landscape of contrasts: the green of the meadows stands out against the grey blue of the waves. A region where people live off the sea and where the wind  blows free and does not fool around.

The northern part of the Opal Coast between Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer, is photographically the most interesting. This region has been very popular for years to nature- and landscape photographers, and if you’ve been there once you will understand why. Here we find impressive cliffs, tranquil beaches and idyllic fishing villages. Across the Channel, we can clearly see the English coast. At this point England and France are only 33 km apart. Further inland the region is characterized by a combination of rolling hills, vast agricultural areas and some scattered small woodlands.

Opal Coast - ©Wilco Dragt

The most salient two rock formations are the Cap Blanc-Nez, a 134 meter high promontory of white chalk, and the Cap Gris-Nez, a cape of grey sandstone, clay and limestone of 45 meters high. From the Blanc-Nez, we have a beautiful view on the rolling countryside of the hinterland. In between these capes the Bay of Wissant is located, where we find vast sandy beaches, breakwaters and mussel beds. Already nice photo subjects in itself! Somewhat further south we find a real fortress. At the end of the day, as the last light from the west touches the fort, beautiful images with a number of large round boulders can be made standing on the beach. But even without the fort, these boulders are very interesting. There are also several villages and towns that are worth to shoot some images.

Opal Coast - ©Wilco Dragt

In short, in a relatively small area you can fully enjoy your photographic skills and views, whether it be colour or black and white, realistic or abstract, with long or “normal” exposures. It is an ideal place to immerse yourself in your own way of shooting or just experiment on new things.

Opal Coast - ©Wilco Dragt

During this tour we will mainly focus on landscape photography. Landscape photographer Wilco Dragt will be your tour leader. In the past year he has visited the area several times, in different seasons and under varying conditions. Wilco knows the prime photo locations and will support you there when shooting in the field. He will encourage you to find your own photographic view on the landscapes. This personal way of seeing and experiencing will help you to create your own photographic style.
Wilco is an ambassador for Lee Filters. The advantage is that he will bring filters and accessories, which can be used by the participants.

Opal Coast - ©Wilco Dragt

From our hotel on the coast we can reach all photo locations very easily. We never need to drive more than 30 minutes the photo locations are near the car, so there is no need for long walks. These short distances make it possible to repeatedly go to the same location. We will then be able to shoot at different conditions. This also ensures a peace of mind in order to work own style and vision.
There is no fixed program during this trip, we can respond flexibly to the (weather) conditions. We will decide about the photo locations day by day.

Opal Coast - ©Wilco Dragt


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