We traveled to the Osa Peninsula in Jan, 2013, for a photography workshop with our friend and mentor Roy Toft. The opportunities for learning were endless--and we managed to have a little bit of fun, too.
These large spiders are really common in Costa Rica. Again, we were practicing our macro technique. The depth of field is too shallow, but it gives you an idea of the complexity of the animal. It is amazing how beautiful so many creatures when viewed up close.
The rain forest is somewhat monochramtic--greens, browns, more greens. Not boring, just a lot of the same. So when thre is a bright topical flower in there--mmm! It really stands out. I lovedthe patterns on this one and the little buds peeping up from the bottom "leaf".
This frog was floating in the swimming pool in the evening. It was such a dremlike scene with those frog eyes looking up from the aqua blue of the pool. He looked like he was just relaxing after a hard day's work.
Capuchins were all over in the trees of the Lookout Inn. The owner put leftover fruit out for them every day, and it was so much fun to watch their antics while eating. They are obviously very bright and have a highly organized social structure.
The owner of the Lookout Inn caught and kept this snake until we all arrived. Roy and a small but brave crew took it out into the forest to release it. It crawled into a tree trunk where we all came in close to photograph it. Never thought that I would get this close to one of the world's most poisonous snakes!
Roy taught us a great technique for photographing these guys. Since their path is predictable, focus on a point along the path and then shoot when they come into view. Very fun--and they are amazing and fun to watch.