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Northern Costa Rica, December 2016

Post 2 – We continue our journey through Costa Rica’s wetlands.  (see the previous post)

Jabiru Stork and Wood Storks
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Egret is offering help to the stork? That fish is big enough for 2!
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Wood Stork
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Nice catch!
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Tiger Heron
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

And then we make our way up to the mountains, Mondeverde Cloud Forest.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

View from the canopy trail.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Hummingbird
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

We finish our journey on the flanks of Tenorio volcano and at Cano Negro, close to the border of Nicaragua.  More birds, frogs, lots of macros and the best place for the sloth.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Wood-Rail
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Keel-billed Toucan
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Another nice catch!
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Anhinga
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Cormorant
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Red-eye Tree Frog
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Blue Jeans Frog
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Caiman – What did he think of our group?
“Next time take your group swimming”
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

What our groups think of our Northern Costa Rica trip.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Join us for our next adventure in Northern Costa Rica

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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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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 1 – Finding subjects

So what’s the buzz about?

Stingless bee, Belize © 2014 Bob Harvey

Stingless bee, Belize
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Bob caught this bee after studying the flight patterns of the bees at El Pilar Mayan Site in Belize.  Harmless bees, a lot of patience, and a quick trigger finger!

On the trail in Costa Rica © 2014 Diane Kelsay

On the trail in Costa Rica
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Not all images require patience and timing, but some do require that you LOOK when hiking down a trail.  I like to turn around occasionally when I see a potential subject and check the lighting from the other side, as well as alternate compositions.  Do watch where you are walking though, I sometimes get carried away looking backwards and … ooops!

And speaking of views from the ground…

Hosta, at home by the patio. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Hosta, at home in the garden.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

I spent a lot of time composing this one.  The morning rain left gorgeous drops on leaves (it also left the ground very wet).  I set up my tripod and got down on the ground, being careful not to bump the plant. I played with the aperture while looking at the image with depth of field preview on.  Notice the reflections of other hosta leaves in each drop.  I wanted every drop in focus but no more – more depth of field would have made the background distracting.

Heliconia, Belize © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Heliconia, Belize
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Opposite strategy, little depth of field – I placed a flower right in front of the lens to make the red a soft focus framing for the stark black and green lines.

Butterfly, Costa Rica © 2014 Bob Harvey

Butterfly, Costa Rica
© 2014 Bob Harvey

As with the plants, you don’t always need to show the whole critter.  Sometimes an abstract design has greater impact.

Sea anemone © 2014 Bob Harvey

Sea anemone, Oregon Coast
© 2014 Bob Harvey

I do love this photo of Bob’s.  What a great design! You are seeing about 1 inch of a 5 inch anemone.

Basilica, Quito, Ecuador © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Basilica, Quito, Ecuador
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

After photographing numerous shots of stained glass windows and the light patterns on the stone walls, I moved in close to capture the texture and color of a small space.

Sunlight on ice, Yellowstone winter © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sunlight on ice, Yellowstone winter
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

I worked with a few of our participants to find ways to capture the glow of the backlit ice.  We had lots of fun moving around in the snow and finding great angles.  I then taught them how to include a starburst in an icicle by stopping down the aperture and shooting with a wide angle lens.

Wolf print in the snow, Yellowstone winter © 2014 Bob Harvey

Wolf print in the snow, Yellowstone winter
© 2014 Bob Harvey

On our trips, we are constantly looking for surprises.

Bacteria mats, Yellowstone winter © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bacteria mats, Yellowstone winter
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Close-up potentials are everywhere in Yellowstone – sometimes you do have to lie down on the boardwalk and lean over the side! Yellowstone, Belize, Costa Rica, Oregon, and our own backyards are some of our favorite places to work with macro lenses.  We also like to use telephoto lenses and extension tubes and sometimes wide angle.  I will be posting more on this subject. We would be happy to work with you to develop more macro skills.  It is a great way to look at the world. Email me for more information – diane@naturephotographyadventures.com

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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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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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