Costa Rica Rainforest Photo Tour - Andrew McLachlan

Join Andrew McLachlan and Jim Piggott in the rainforest of Costa Rica for an incredible opportunity to photograph a plethora of birdlife against beautiful poster-like backgrounds. We will also have opportunities to photograph several species of reptiles and amphibians. Our base camp in a remote rainforest eco-lodge will allow ample time for bird photography, macro sessions with reptiles and amphibians, as well as a river cruise for Herons, Kingfishers, and Caimans. These daily excursions and shooting schedules will be assessed each day and determined based on the current or expected conditions. As a result, there is no formal itinerary for this event. We will take advantage of the conditions to ensure the best possible results. We will also break out into smaller groups for specific sessions to ensure maximum shooting time. We will be doing a lot of photography and it would be highly recommended to travel with a minimum two (3 is better) 1 TB external hard drives to back-up each day’s images. During the photo tour you may very well created upwards of 20,000 images!

Our photo sessions will include a jungle tour to familiarize yourself with the grounds, one session in a King Vulture photo blind, one hummingbird session with 3 to 4 different species, and a macro session for reptiles and amphibians. There is also an optional multi flash bat photography session available at an additional cost of $30 US, but you would be required to bring your own flashes. Throughout each day there will be ample time to photograph the multitude of birdlife that frequently visit the feeding stations around the lodge. For folks that may like a bit of quiet time to themselves the lodge provides canoes at nearby lagoons.

The maximum number of participants for this photo tour is 10

All photos on the workshop card were photographed by Jim Piggott during two previous trips.

This photo tour will run from May 16, 2020 to May 23, 2020. Participants will need to arrive in San Jose on May 15, 2020 and be ready depart for the lodge at 8:00 a.m. on May 16, 2020 from the Hampton Inn in San Jose. We recommend that participants book a single night accommodation on May 15 and again on May 23 at the Hampton Inn in San Jose.

Please do note that we have included an early bird special for those registrants that book early. This special will expire at midnight on October 31, 2019.

It is highly recommended that participants purchase trip cancellation insurance as well as medical insurance. You may also want to visit a travel clinic to ensure you are up to date on any vaccinations you may require.

This tour will appeal to participants that have a good understanding of their camera system and will require a minimal amount of assistance in the field. In-the-field image critique and compositional suggestions will be provided during all photo shoots. Mealtime provides a great opportunity to discuss many photographic topics from image processing to your favorite shot of the day.

Photo Tour Fee:

$2250 US Early Bird Special (add $250 US for Single Supplement)

$2500 US (add $250 US for Single Supplement)

Please contact me by clicking here to register for this tour.

Participants will be paired with same sex participants for double occupancy unless you specifically state otherwise or if it is not doable based on the numbers that register.

A non-refundable retainer of $1000 US is due upon registration. A signed waiver of liability must accompany payment at time of registration. This will be emailed to interested participants prior to submitting payment and must accompany payment.

Balance owing must be paid by February 1, 2020 otherwise you risk losing your spot to wait list participants.

Once final payment has been made there will be no refund policy in effect.

What’s Included:

• 7 nights accommodation

• All meals at the eco-lodge (dinner on May 16th through to lunch on May 23rd)

• Transportation to and from eco-lodge

• In-the-field image critique

What’s Not Included:

• Alcoholic beverages

• Snacks

• Flights to and from San Jose

• Hotel accommodation on May 15th and May 23rd

• After visiting tropical rainforest environments myself I do encourage folks to bring along packets of powdered electrolytes (2 for each day) that can be dissolved in a glass of water to replenish what has been lost during the heat and humidity of the day.


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