Costa Rica Photo Workshop with Luis Escobar

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to host our first Costa Rica Photo Workshop Adventure with Luis Escobar, after 8 amazing days visiting some of the most iconic location in the country. We started with just 1 night in San Jose, as a starting point. This proof to be an adventure day as Ken and Pat Winickie were able to get a close look and feel about local efforts in conservation in the city areas. Day 2 started with a delicious breakfasts at Casa Botanica de Aranjuez, and then made our way to Sarchi, where Luis was able to teach Ken and Pat about abstract photos, colors and composition. It was great to see how the Eloy Alfaro Ox cart factory still works with some tools that are almost 100 years old and still working perfectly. Before arriving to our hotel near the Arenal volcano, stopped in Zarcero town to take some interesting photos of the topiary park. Also took time to enjoy a real costarican meal for lunch. Arenal Observatory Lodge was going to be out home for 2 nights, so once checked in, Luis, Ken and Pat took 1 hour before dinner to see how to create an organized workflow to keep all photos in the computer and/or hard drive.

Day 3 could not have been better. Did an early morning session where we got to see our first group of monkeys, some interesting birds and our nice views of the lake. Went hiking to the Arenal National park, passing over the old lava flows from 1994, recuperation forest, and got to see 2 Golden Eye lash pit vipers, and also started working on our time lapses. For sunset we were able to get outstanding images of horses and their lady wrangler in an open field. Great way to end the day.

After Arenal volcano we drove around Lake Arenal and up the mountains to get to Monteverde, an oasis in the middle of the cloud forest Mountains of Puntarenas province. Cipreses hotel is a small and cozy family hotel that was a great base for our mountain adventure. Even the following day we got rained on all morning while we walked a few miles along the trails of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, it was an amazing walk that gave us the chance to really experience a rain in the jungles of Costa Rica. After all, what better way to experience the rainforest than under the rain? Took part of the afternoon to relax and organize all of our pictures and then had a great dinner at Pizzeria Tramonti.

Punta Leona hotel on The Central Pacific coast was our next stop. As we were driving down the mountains enjoyed some amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains on our back. Some more time to practice our time lapses and photos with back light. Sunset this afternoon was a memorable one. Went to a place called the Guacalillo Cliffs, an amazing spot to take photos of all kinds of the sunset and beach. Did a little bit of everything, with the idea of practicing all we've learned over the week. Time lapses, running photos, sunset with clouds, sunset with waves, action photos, etc. We had a great time doing that. Before going back to the hotel stopped to have dinner at Vista Mar and had great fresh fish with a nice cold beer!

Our last day could not have been a slow or boring one, so we went on a Jungle Crocodile Safari Boat ride, yes, and a boat ride to get really close to huge American Crocodiles. Got some pretty cool close ups of Tyson trying to hook up with Lady Gaga. Tyson is one of the oldest and biggest crocs there with about 80 years and approx. weight of 1000lbs. Lady Gaga is about 35 years old and weights about 400lbs.

Once back in San Jose we went to have dinner to an amazing spot that had some. Of the best views of the central valley.

A week to remember, learned a lot about photography thanks to Luis Escobar, had amazing clients that became very good friends and hope we can see again in the near future.

If interested in a trip like this or similar, or any kind of crazy adventure, feel free to contact us and will be happy to help you feel Costa Rica your way!


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