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Northern Costa Rica, December 2016

Post 1 – This was a very memorable trip, arriving just days after a hurricane. Fortunately, our experiences weren’t affected that much and we came home with a wealth of photos.  We had a really great group of photographers – all of them came in early for the 1 day workshop and worked hard to put their new skills to work.  We began on the coast.  The north Pacific Coast is a great place for birds, monkeys, crocks, and even leaping manta rays.

Exploring by boat, the mangrove estuary of Marino Las Baulas National Park.

Crocodile
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Crocodile with a catch
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Howler Monkey
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Boat-billed Heron reflecting the mangrove forest in the eye.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Yellow-crowned Night Heron taking a bath.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Drying off
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Little Blue Heron
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Offshore action from our sailboat, the Serendipity, has us busy keeping up with photo opportunities.

Setting up the sails.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Looking for that next Manta Ray.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Another National Park, Palo Verde, begins in an estuary and winds its way through wetlands and forest, sometimes bordering on agricultural villages – people who care about preserving the park and surrounding areas.

Iguana
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Tropical Kingbird
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Tropical Kingbird
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Jabiru Stork
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Kiskadee
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Great Egret
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Bats
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Bats
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Green Heron
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Scarlet Macaws 
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

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Western and Southern Costa Rica Adventure

Western and Southern Costa Rica Adventure – Pacific Coast, Rainforests and Cloud  Forests, Forest Canopy, Special Wetlands and Mangroves, Small Coffee Growing Villages…

Following are a few images from the December 2015 adventure.  Our group experienced some very special moments.

Macaw nest © 2015 Bob Harvey

Macaw nest
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Resplendent Quetzal © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Resplendent Quetzal
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Toucan © 2015 Bob Harvey

Toucan
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Hummingbird © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Hummingbird
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Hummingbird © 2015 Bob Harvey

Hummingbird
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Capuchin Monkey © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin Monkey
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin Monkey © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin Monkey
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Iguana © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Iguana
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Woodpecker © 2015 Bob Harvey

Woodpecker
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Forest view from canopy trail. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Forest view from canopy trail.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Waterfall © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Waterfall in Providencia Village
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Waterfall © 2015 Bob Harvey

Waterfall in Providencia Village
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Sunset in the cloud forest © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Sunset in the cloud forest
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Squirrel monkey © 2015 Bob Harvey

Squirrel monkey
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Link to our Western and Southern Costa Rica adventure

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New Costa Rica Photography Adventure

Northern Costa Rica – Pacific Coast, volcanoes, exciting trails and rivers… We have been exploring new areas of Costa Rica, away from big crowds and full of photography opportunities.  After 2 scout trips, we have secured very nice lodging and experiences.  We are very pleased with the night photography options – good trails and guides and we will teach how to photograph with soft LED lighting (softer than our headlamps) so we won’t disturb the wildlife.  Following are a few photos from our scout trips:

Red eye tree frog © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Red eye tree frog
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Cormorants, Caño Negro © 2015 Bob Harvey

Cormorants, Caño Negro
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Sunrise Tenorio 1 and Tenorio 2 to the left under the cloud (view from our room) © 2015 Bob Harvey

Sunrise Tenorio 1 and Tenorio 2 under the cloud (view from our room)
© 2015 Bob Harvey

One of many species of heliconia, from the Heliconias Trail © 2015 Diane Kelsay

One of many species of heliconia, from the Heliconias Trail
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

View from canopy bridge on the Heliconias Trail © 2015 Diane Kelsay

View from canopy bridge on the Heliconias Trail
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin monkey, Palo Verde National Park © 2015 Bob Harvey

Capuchin monkey, Palo Verde National Park
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Rio Celeste © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Rio Celeste
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Sugar Beach © 2015 Bob Harvey

Sugar Beach
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Blue Jeans frog © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Blue Jeans frog
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Owl butterfly © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Owl butterfly
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Mating mantis © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Mating mantis
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Black Howler monkey © 2015 Bob Harvey

Black Howler monkey
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Hmmmm, glad we are in a boat © 2015 Bob Harvey

Hmmmm, glad we are in a boat and with long lenses!
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Web, invisible without light at perfect angle. © 2015 Bob Harvey

Web, invisible without light at perfect angle.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Please join us for our first Nature Photography Adventure to Northern Costa Rica in December 2016, http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.costaricanorth.htm

 

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Costa Rica Photography Adventures

Post 3 – We share the excitement of close-up photography.  Everyone is eager to learn techniques, try them and share with each other (on the December trip, some of them didn’t even want to break for lunch!). Cost Rica is a great environment to teach macro and close-up photography.

Morning light through drops that fell overnight © 2014 Bob Harvey

Morning light through drops that fell overnight
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Out of focus drops form prisms © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Out of focus drops form prisms
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Bob Harvey

© 2014 Bob Harvey

Butterfly chrysalis  © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Butterfly chrysalis
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Praying mantis © 2014 Bob Harvey

Praying mantis
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Catching a beam of sunlight © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Catching a beam of sunlight
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Bob Harvey

© 2014 Bob Harvey

© 2014 Bob Harvey

© 2014 Bob Harvey

Bubbles in the stream © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bubbles in the stream
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Drops on a web © 2014 Bob Harvey

Drops on a web
© 2014 Bob Harvey

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

 

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Costa Rica Photography Adventures

Post 2 – We continue to explore the Pacific Coast and mountains, and find endless photo opportunities in less visited places. 

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest from canopy trail © 2014 Bob Harvey

Cloud forest from a canopy trail
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Cloud forest © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bromiliad in the cloud forest © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bromeliad in the cloud forest
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Crocodile © 2014 Bob Harvey

Crocodile in coastal river
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Sloth © 2014 Bob Harvey

Sloth
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Roots  © 2014 Bob Harvey

Roots
© 2014 Bob Harvey

As we kayak and travel by small boat through mangrove channels and rivers, we see many reflections in the smooth waters.  Here we see many birds, monkeys and other critters.

Sierpe River © 2014 Bob Harvey

Sierpe River
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Whimbrel © 2014 Bob Harvey

Whimbrel
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Capuchin monkey © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin monkey
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Scarlet Macaws (Lapas) © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Scarlet Macaws (Lapas)
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kayak put-in, leaving the beach behind and entering the mangrove canal. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kayak put-in, leaving the beach behind and entering the mangrove canal.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Mangrove roots © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Mangrove roots
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Mangrove roots © 2014 Bob Harvey

Mangrove roots
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Ibis © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ibis
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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Post 1 – Costa Rica, diverse and special, friendly people, and to us, feels like home. We visited Costa Rica twice in 2014 and will again in 2015. We love the cloud forests and how it shapes trees and mountains into mystical scenes.

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, Los Quetzales National Park © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, Los Quetzales National Park
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cloud forest, near Los Quetzales National Park
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Costa Rica is a land rich in wildlife and diverse environments.  Below the cloud forests, flora and fauna call the photographer to design from trails in the rainforest canopy, capture birds and monkeys with long lenses, and discover the world of the rainforest floor with a macro lens.

Rainforest from a canopy trail © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rainforest from a canopy trail
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Lapa (scarlet macaw) © 2014 Bob Harvey

Lapa (scarlet macaw)
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Lapa © 2014 Bob Harvey

Lapa
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Rainforest canopy © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rainforest canopy
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin monkey © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Capuchin monkey
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Hummingbird © 2014 Bob Harvey

Hummingbird
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Drops after the rain © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Drops after the rain
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kingfisher © 2014 Bob Harvey

Kingfisher
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Mangroves © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Mangroves
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Little Green Heron © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Little Green Heron
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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Macros and Close Up Photography

Post 2 – Options for shooting close up

We really enjoy using a 105 Nikon macro lens.  It’s sharp, and once you make friends with it, the creative options are endless.

Glasswing butterfly, Belize © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Glasswing butterfly, Belize
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

This butterfly is about 1.5 inches tall.  The transparent wings enable you to see right through to the background.  It is very important to position yourself so that the background enhances, not distracts.  By using my 105 macro, I was able to be back far enough not to scare the butterfly off the leaf and to pick a depth of field that got the butterfly sharp and the background in soft focus.

Golden orb, Costa Rica © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Golden orb, Costa Rica
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

This spider was about 8 feet high in a tree.  Another technique we like to use is extension tubes with a long lens.  Extension tubes are hollow, allowing that sharp 400mm lens to bring in subjects close that are too far to reach with a macro lens.  Depth of field is a bit trickier, but my goal here was to put the background blooming tree out of focus for a nice painted background.  Remember, extension tubes are hollow, tele-extenders have glass and serve a different purpose.

Crocodile, Costa Rica © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Crocodile, Costa Rica
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Extension tube attached to a 80-400mm lens at 400. They can also help you keep your distance!

Jaguar prints, Belize © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Jaguar prints, Belize
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sometimes, the wide angle lens is needed when all the edges of the paw print need to be sharp to define the print.  Prints of the elusive jaguar is a regular find on our way to Caracol, Belize.

Leaf cutter ants, Belize © 2014 Bob Harvey

Leaf cutter ants, Belize
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Night photography of leaf cutter ants with backlight from flash, extension tubes on the 28-300mm lens.

Pineapple, Costa Rica © 2014 Bob Harvey

Pineapple, Costa Rica
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Extension tubes on a zoom lens enables you to select the composition most pleasing to you.

Heron feather, Costa Rica © 2014 Bob Harvey

Heron feather, Costa Rica
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Frigate bird, Galapagos © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Frigate bird, Galapagos
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

 

Drops on a leaf, Costa Rica © 2014 Bob Harvey

Drops on a leaf, Costa Rica
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Butterfly, Costa Rica © 2014 Bob Harvey

Butterfly, Costa Rica
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Leaf, Costa Rica © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leaf, Costa Rica
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Frog, Costa Rica © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Frog, Costa Rica
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Remember to always be on the lookout. Sometimes great subjects are almost invisible while you are hiking down a trail.  Take your time, look around, and explore different techniques for capturing small subjects.

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Costa Rica Photography Adventure

After a few days enjoying the cloud forest, we ventured north to our favorite rainforest. And yes, rain we had.  Views from the rainforest canopy were lush green from all of the moisture.

From a canopy trail, close to what lives up high. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

From a canopy trail, close to what lives up high.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

View down from the canopy trail. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

View down from the canopy trail.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Hummingbird © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Hummingbird
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

 

Mangroves, Estuary, Pacific Coast © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Kayaking in the mangroves, Pacific Coast
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Red-backed Squirrel Monkey © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Red-backed Squirrel Monkey
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Flycatcher and nest. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Flycatcher and nest.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Purple Gallinule © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Purple Gallinule
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

American Crocodile © 2014 Diane Kelsay

American Crocodile
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Scarlet Macaw © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Scarlet Macaw
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Scarlet Macaws flying above the river. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Scarlet Macaws flying above the river.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Be sure and continue below to view the first post – the cloudforest.  If you would like to enjoy the next Costa Rica Photography Adventure with us, see the webpage for details.  http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.tz.htm

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Costa Rica Photography Adventure

We began our Costa Rica Adventure in the high elevation cloud forests (7,000-10,000′). From here we created with dramatic light.  Light shining through a bromiliad shows its beauty and adds life.  We follow the light as it creates designs in the clouds and embraces the forest.  It’s like a dance with your camera to position the trees with moving clouds and colors, and to capture just the right moment before moving to the next scene.

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bromiliad © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bromiliad
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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