Sunday, August 08, 2010

Pura vida

"A worker attempts to untangle branches and wires following a rain storm near Quepos, Costa Rica, Tuesday, July 6, 2010."

Last month I ventured to Central America for the first time.

I landed in Costa Rica and traveled around as much as possible in the 10 days I had.

The minute I touched down it was an adventure. From trying to comb through the cobwebs when it came to speaking Spanish again, to navigating at times impassable roads, and trying to not gain 10 lbs., a day eating rice and beans, it all made the journey unforgettable.

The trip began in San Jose, then traveled northwest to Monteverde, northeast to La Fortuna and then southeast to the Manuel Antonio area before heading back toward the San Jose for the last day.

Each town featured their own natural wonders; from a cloud forest, to an active volcano, to lovely beaches and national parks.

Not many downsides to the trip aside from it being rainy season. But when you live in the high, dry, desert like Utah - rain is nice. Humidity is another thing.

Overall, without dabbling into much detail, Costa Rica is a friendly, eco-tourist rich place to visit. While I didn't pick my camera up as much as other international travels, it's worth revisiting and recommending to others.

Like any other travel, I want to shoot pictures - show others a world they've never witnessed for themselves.

But I believe we as photographers have to sometimes see things without a camera. And while I still had my camera with me everywhere we went, I opted to take things in more than worry about making frames.

So the above is a very rough, way too many, out of order edit of some of my favorites from the trip. From the small towns to the large rain forests - this is what I encountered. I'd love to hear what images you like the best.

And one last thanks to friends, photogs David Hobby, Glenn Fawcett and Justin Kase Conder for the tips and lodging suggestions.

5 Comments:

Blogger Peter Caty said...

I LOVE #7, it hands down has the best colors and subject.

Sunday, August 08, 2010 4:43:00 PM  
Blogger PHOTOJOURNALIST ALTON STRUPP said...

I like the lady in the car and yellow poncho person the best.

Sunday, August 08, 2010 11:44:00 PM  
Blogger Ana Isabel said...

#5 looks like a scene from the TV show LOST! looks cool!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 6:02:00 AM  
Blogger Hutchence Photography said...

3, 7, and 21 are really cool.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Nadina Helen Bakos said...

The colors are strong and effective. Your images makes me curious. The woman in the car is my favorite. Did she know you were taking her portrait?

Sunday, September 12, 2010 5:35:00 PM  

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