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Costa Rica

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by zpierce, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

    661
    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zach
    My family and I just had an awesome adventure in Costa Rica. Needless to say, it's a gorgeous country with incredible people, amazing landscapes and nature, and outstanding food. For the first time ever, I filled a 32gb card in the week I was there with over 1700 photos and a bit of video. My full set of keepers is here for anyone interested:

    2012-04 Costa Rica - a set on Flickr

    There were a ton of great birds that I shared in the bird thread so I won't double those up here. https://www.mu-43.com/f54/share-birds-4838/index139.html#post233844

    Here's a few highlights, there were so many great photo opportunities, it's hard to pick!

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    Two down dogs!

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  2. kinlau

    kinlau Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 29, 2012
    Fantastic, some of your animals look like they're suffering from the heat, or we're they just hang'in?
     
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  3. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

    661
    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zach
    They really do slow way down in the heat. At 5am when the sun first comes up there's just a ton of activity and birds and monkeys making noise. By mid day, it's just a fraction of that level.
     
  4. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Really nice set Zach....nice rich colors throughout. Really like the Yoga shot and the one with the kid(?) holding up a surfboard, nice warm light in that one. Really fine detail in the squinting monkey shot too. The beat up and muddy 4WD is pretty cool too.

    Looks like you had a great time.
     
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  5. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

    661
    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zach
    Thanks :) That was my 8 yr old son trying surfing for the first time. The late afternoon light was lovely. The yoga dog was funny, my wife rolled out the mat to do some yoga and that dog plopped down on it. When she asked if she could use it, the dog completely flopped so she gave up and grabbed another mat :)
     
  6. everythingsablur

    everythingsablur Mu-43 Veteran

    412
    Aug 4, 2010
    Toronto, ON
    Great set! What lenses did you have for the trip? You got pretty tight to some of those animals.

    Log the downward dogs. :) Hilarious!
     
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  7. ryansinibaldi

    ryansinibaldi Mu-43 Regular

    161
    Mar 9, 2012
    Awesome shots. My girlfriend has family in Costa Rica so we plan to vacation there sometime in the distant future.
     
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  8. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    Excellent pictures!
     
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  9. blaffendespin

    blaffendespin Mu-43 Regular

    153
    Feb 28, 2012
    Rexburg, ID
    This is a great set! I really like the butterfly pic! Beautiful colors, nice and sharp! And I love the dog...does Yoga the same way I do :cool:
     
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  10. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Just gotta love Costa Rica ... good job on the images.

    G
     
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  11. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    That is very funny. Made me laugh.:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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  12. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 5, 2011
    SE England

    I would like to be that dog. Except I would be looking the other way. :wink:
     
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  13. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I agree with everyone else's comments regarding this picture. This picture talks haha

    Great colour throughout the set. Did you get a tan yourself?

     
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  14. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

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    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zach
    I brought the whole kit, but the vast majority of my photos were with the PL25, PL45, or 100-300. I think the butterfly was a rare exception where I had the 14-140 on. Most of the animals were shot with the 100-300, some heavily cropped. The iguanas were up close and personal on our roof, they were generally shot with the 25 or 45.

    This trip was a bit of an eye opener. I haven't used my 14-140 in ages due to my love for the primes these days. However, I've kept it around thinking I'd still need the versatility for trips like these. In the end though, most days I carried the 14, 25, and 45 in my bag along with the 100-300 if there were animals to be had, and I almost never used the 14-140. I'm thinking the next time I get an itch for a new lens or body, it might go up for sale. I am accustomed to the primes now and don't like to sacrifice the quality and speed for the range of the 14-140.
     
  15. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

    661
    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zach
    I did get a tan, but not as much as you'd think. The sun is so damn hot down there you can't stay out in it long. I live in the midwest and I can go all summer without sunscreen due to my Mediterranean complexion. However, even with 50 sun block, I was getting red after 20 minutes down there. It's only 9 degrees north of the equator, and this time of year, it probably nearly is the equator.
     
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  16. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    "This time of year ..." is nearly the same all year round ... lol. Seasons are distinguished more by wet and dry than hot and cold. It is good that your comfort level is such that you didn't feel the need for a zoom.

    As for the floppy dog, lol ... Costa Rica is so laid back that even the domestic and wild animals are floppy.

    G
     
  17. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Lovely shots, I'll have to try to make it out there someday.
     
  18. zpierce

    zpierce Super Moderator

    661
    Sep 26, 2010
    Minneapolis, MN
    Zach
    Yes, definitely more to do with the monsoon nature of their climate. Now is their dry and hot season, it cools off more in our traditional summer months due to the rain.