The Rain Forest of Costa Rica with Jeff Cable

If you would like to travel to the beautiful rain forest of Costa Rica, and have a lot of fun in the process, you need to join us for this exciting photo tour. We travel to Central America for 8 nights to photograph some of the most colorful and exciting animals. We will get you up close to the birds, monkeys, and tree frogs  and give you a true taste of the Costa Rican culture on the unspoiled Osa Peninsula. If you have seen any of my photography presentations, you know that I always make it fun to learn. It does not matter if you are new to photography or a trained professional, we will accommodate you to make sure you are getting amazing photos and having a great time. Come and join us for an amazing experience, not only through the lens, but through your eyes as well. 

Note: Most of the time we'll be photographing near our off-road vehicles. If mobility is an issue for you, this should not be a problem on this tour.

 

Available tour dates:

November 12-21, 2017

August 13-22, 2018

 

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Day 1: Arrival in San Jose, CR

We will all meet in San Jose (no, not the one in California), and spend the night at the DoubleTree Hotel near the airport. This gives us a chance to all meet for the first time, and we'll relax by the pool and have a nice dinner before the adventure begins.

 

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Day 2: Flight to Crocodile Bay / Half-Day of Photography

We will all head to the airport in the morning and fly to the resort. The small planes fly you over the rain forest and give you amazing views. You will want to have your camera in hand for this aerial excursion. We will then get situated at Crocodile Bay, have a nice lunch, and then go out and shoot around the property.

After dinner we will meet in the conference room where I will teach my workflow and some editing techniques.

 

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Day 3: Full Day of Photographing Wildlife

On the third day, we will all go out for a full day of photography, looking for the four species of monkeys that live in the area, along with sloths and other wildlife in the area. Much like my safaris in Africa, you just never know what interesting animals we will encounter as our guides drive the off-road vehicles through the forest.

 

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Day 4: Tree Frogs and a Walk in the Rain Forest

When designing this photo tour, I wanted to have a good combination of photographing animals in the wild, and getting great shots in a more controlled environment. On this day, we will head into the hills to visit a snake wrangler who will have tree frogs and other reptiles for us to photograph. He will capture frogs for us to shoot with macro lenses. We will also walk through the rain forest to see what he can discover for us there. 

After dinner we will meet in the conference room where I can review your images and give you suggestions for future improvements.

 

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Day 5: Free Day

This day is left unscheduled so that you can relax by the pool, or you may want to take off to ride horses on the beach, go zip-lining or go fishing. We have two free days on the trip for relaxation and this also allows us some leeway in the schedule in case one of our other days gets rained out.

I will be available for one-on-one lessons / critiques.

 

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Day 6: Full day of Photographing Wildlife

Today we will all go out for a full day of photography, again looking for the 4 species of monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife in the area. 

 

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Day 7: Animal Sanctuary and Botanical Gardens

Today is another day of photographing in a more controlled environment. We will be taking boats across the bay (smooth waters - don't worry) to visit an animal sanctuary. You will be greeted by some monkeys on the beach and have ample opportunities to photograph these animals in the trees. These monkeys are not caged, but they are used to humans and will let you photograph them up close and personal. 

After visiting the sanctuary, we will hop back on the boat and take a short ride over to a botanical garden. But this is unlike any botanical garden that you have visited in the past. This location is full of incredibly beautiful foliage, insects, birds and more. And it happens to be a private residence, with the owners home right in the middle of the property.

 

After dinner I'll be available in the conference room to review your images and give you suggestions for future improvements.

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Day 8: Free Day

This day is left unscheduled so that you can relax by the pool, or you may want to take off to ride horses on the beach, go zip-lining or go fishing. We have two open days on the trip for relaxation and this also allows us some leeway in the schedule in case one of our other days gets rained out.

I will be available for one-on-one lessons / critiques.
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Day 9: Chocolate plantation / Butterfly House

On our last full day on the Osa Peninsula, we will visit a small working chocolate plantation. You will have a chance to see the cocoa trees and grind your own chocolate by hand. 

After our sweet visit to the chocolate farm, we will head to a brand new butterfly house. This is an enclosed area with a plethora of different species of butterflies. Think of a large netted building, the size of a home, full of these beautiful insects. This is another great chance to get macro shots of Costa Rica's magnificent flying insects. 

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Day 10: Return Home

You will fly from the Osa Peninsula back to San Jose, CR with tons of new and amazing photos to share with friends and family. You will also be taking home lots of new photography tips and tricks.

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Trip Dates

We have numerous trips planned. Here are the dates: 

November 12-21, 2017

August 13-22, 2018

* Each trip will be limited to just 12 guests. I want to make sure to have ample time teaching everyone!


Cost

The cost for this trip is $4800 all inclusive from San Jose, CR and back. This price includes the flights to/from the resort, lodging (both in San Jose and Crocodile Bay), all food, non-alcoholic drinks, and wine with dinner. In other words, you need to get yourself to San Jose (usually about $500 round trip from within the US) and everything else is covered.

For people wanting their own room, there is a single supplement fee of $1000. For those who have spouses or friends who want to join, but who are not photographers, there is a $600 credit for them.


Weather

It is called the rain forest for a reason. If you look at the weather forecast for the region, you will likely see forecast of rain for every day that we will be there. But don't worry, the rains usually come in toward the end of each day, and you will enjoy it. I do suggest that you bring a rain cover for your camera, but to be honest, I have never used one. I usually grab a towel from the hotel room and hang that over my camera, if needed.

It will be warm and humid, but I have specifically chosen tour dates not in the height of the Costa Rican summer.


Gear and Clothing Suggestions

Costa Rica offers plentiful photographic opportunities and you will want to have the right photography gear with you to capture the best photos in this location. Here is what I recommend:

 

* Two camera bodies (one as a backup)

* A long zoom lens (to get you to a minimum of 300mm)

* A mid-range zoom lens (in the 24-150mm range)

* A tripod

* A good camera bag

* A laptop computer for downloading and editing

* An external hard drive for backing up your data

If you are reading this and thinking "I don't have two camera bodies or one of those lenses", don't worry. Canon has offered to supply any of my workshop attendees with loaner gear at no cost!!! All you have to do is let me know what gear you would like.

 

For clothing, I suggest clothing for warm weather. I usually bring the following:

 

* 3 pairs of shorts

* 2 pairs of warm weather safari pants

* 5 shirts

* 2 pairs of shoes

* A good hat to keep you shaded

* Bathing suit if you want to swim

* Lots of sunscreen!


Schedule is subject to change

The itinerary listed here is the proposed agenda for the trip. Depending on the weather and other circumstances, the schedule is subject to change. But, of course, the goal is to have everyone come home with amazing photos and to learn as much as possible.


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