Foto Verde Tours
Photo Workshop Itinerary
Complete Costa Rica 2014
Landscapes, Birds, Waterfalls and More
With Keith Bauer & Greg Basco
June 20 to July 1, 2014
Day 1, June 20, Airport/San José
Arrival to Costa Rica. Meet our representative at the Juan Santamaría International Airport and transfer to our hotel near the capital city of San José, where Foto Verde Tours’ Greg Basco will be waiting for you. Our hotel is surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden filled with great subjects for macro photography, including orchids, bromeliads, and passionflowers. There is free wireless Internet throughout the property.
Day 2, June 21, Arenal Volcano Area
After breakfast, we enjoy and introductory presentation on rainforest photography from Greg and Keith and then head toward the Arenal Volcano area. We’ll grab a bite to eat on the way and then check into our beautiful lodge with time to shoot the sunset over Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano.
Day 3, June 22, Arenal Volcano Area
This morning we visit a nearby wildlife refuge that is great for pictures of colorful tanagers and honeycreepers, sloths, basilisk lizards, spectacled caiman, and boat-billed heron. After a morning shooting, we grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant and then head to the Hanging Bridges forest reserve. The forest here is very lush, and the aerial perspective from the bridges makes for some interesting and different forest photos. We return to our lodge in the evening for a relaxing dinner.
Day 4, June 23, Arenal Volcano Area
We dedicate the early morning to photographing Montezuma oropendolas, Passerini’s tanager, green honeycreepers, red-legged honeycreepers, and emerald tanagers at the lodge feeders. Mid-morning, we depart for a nearby location run by one of Greg Basco’s friends. There we have special access to photograph numerous color forms of the amazing eyelash vipers, parrot snakes, vine snakes, as well as some of the incredible frogs and small lizards in Greg’s friend’s collection. We will photograph all of these animals on natural stages that we will set up on site. This is a great opportunity to photograph a number of species that are very difficult to find in the wild and also to continue our work on multiple flash setups for pleasing macro lighting. We will enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch as well as refreshments and coffee throughout the day. We return to the our lodge in late afternoon to photograph the sunset and the Arenal Volcano. After dinner, Keith will present an inspiring video on how to be creative each day with your photography.
Day 5, June 24, Rio Celeste Area
After breakfast this morning, we head to our next lodge near the Tenorio Volcano National Park. We arrive for lunch. After lunch, we take some time to relax and review photos or even use the jacuzzi ahead of our next two days of hiking and photographing. If the weather looks interesting, we’ll head to a nearby back road for some photography of fields and trees at sunset. We return to our lodge in the late afternoon and enjoy a relaxing dinner at the lodge restaurant. Afterward, Keith and Greg will do a presentation on digital workflow for landscape images.
Day 6, June 25, Rio Celeste Area
After breakfast, we head out for a day of shooting at what just might be Costa Rica’s most photogenic waterfall. We’ll be able to make spectacular wide angle and tighter images of this misty, ribbon-type cascade. Be sure to bring along a bathing suit and some water shoes for a bit of swimming too. We enjoy a fun meal tonight at a great locally-owned pizza place. The wood-oven pizzas are to die for — almost literally!
Day 7, June 26, Rio Celeste Area
After an early breakfast, we head to the nearby Tenorio Volcano National Park to photograph the otherworldly Rio Celeste. This river’s sapphire blue waters (which result from a combination of copper and sulphur from the volcano) make for a stunning contrast with the lush green vegetation. We will take along a light box lunch and photograph in the park all day. We return to our lodge in the late afternoon for dinner and then time to relax and pack up for our departure tomorrow.
Day 8, June 27, Bajos del Toro
After breakfast, we travel to the cloud forests of the northern Central Volcanic Mountain Range and our next lodge and photography base for the rest of our trip. Our lodge is located in one of the most biodiverse areas of the country, nestled in a picturesque valley at approximately 4,500 feet above sea level. With its rushing mountain streams, cool air, and orchid and moss-festooned trees, the area is akin to a tropical Colorado. We arrive to our lodge for lunch and then time to shoot landscapes and macro right on the grounds. After dinner at the lodge, we will have a presentation on workflow for optimizing your landscape images in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Day 9, June 28, Bajos del Toro
Today we will be working with multi-flash hummingbird set-ups throughout the day on a rotational basis, photographing the vividly iridescent Violet Sabrewing and Green-crowned Brilliants that are abundant around the lodge. We’ll be working right on the lodge grounds, so when not on the setups, you can explore the private cloud forest reserve for macro and landscape opportunities.
Day 10, June 29, Bajos del Toro
After breakfast this morning, we head to a surprise destination, a farm owned by one of Greg’s friends. The farm boasts a plethora of free-flying wild scarlet and great green macaws. We’ll work with you so you can capture great images of this fantastically colorful birds. After, we head to a nearby waterfall that is over 300 feet high and set in a dramatic gorge – great for photography itself and the surrounding mountains and lush cloud forest vegetation. We’ll have a bite to eat and then spend all afternoon here, including a great typical food lunch right onsite, photographing the waterfall and the numerous hummingbirds that perch right around the restaurant. We return to our lodge in the evening for dinner and then time to relax after this busy day of photography!
Day 11, June 30, Back to San Jose
After breakfast this morning, we check out and head back toward San Jose. We stop en route in Greg’s hometown of Zarcero, which is famous for its enchanting church and park. This is a great place to do some HDR photography. We’ll spend a couple of hours photographing in town, and we’ll also take to you a local house where you can buy organic Arabica coffee grown by a local farmer just outside of town. Leave room in your bag as you’ll want to take back plenty, whether ground or whole bean. We’ve not included lunch this day to give you a chance to grab a bite to eat at one of the numerous local restaurants right in town – your chance to practice your Spanish! Around 1:00 or so, we’ll head back toward San Jose and our hotel with time to check-in and then enjoy a farewell dinner.
Day 12, July 1, Departure – San José/Airport
Private transfer to the Juan Santamaría International Airport for your flights home.
Here are a couple of pictures to wet your appetite for things we’ll see and photograph on this workshop