When we got off the boat at the other side of Laguna de Arenal we took a 4wheel drive jeep on miles of un-made road to Santa Elena from where we visited Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. As its name suggests a cloud forest is almost permanently under low cloud; it has about half the annual rainfall of a rainforest and is very humid. It is rich in wildlife, boasting more than 150 species of amphibians and reptiles; more than 500 species of butterflies; more than 100 species of mammals including 5 wild cats; and over 400 species of birds.
We went through the forest with a guide. It was very dark and not easy to take photos, but it was well worth having the guide as he knew where to look for the wildlife and he had a powerful telescope. Because of the darkness I do not have many photos worth showing but I quite like this one of two of the Reserve workers with their pack horses. I had the ISO set on 400 which helped a bit but shutter speeds were slow.
One of the birds we were keen to see was the rare and beautiful Resplendent Quetzal. The Monteverde Reserve is one of the few places that has a thriving community, although it is not easy to see them. We were lucky and were so thrilled to see one. I took lots of photos through the guide’s telescope and as you might guess the quality is too poor for a main post. I put the best I have in the WS to prove I actually saw one!
For more shots of the trip click on the travelogue (left)
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vagabondtravels (6507) 2007-03-27 6:46
Nice comp and very sharp. Good capture of daily life. I really like the wide angle. Well done.
colibri (294) 2007-03-27 6:49
Hi Kath Pura Vida....
nice picture very familiar faces ie people from CR I like the green at the back all the moss typical of a vere wet place.
good note as allways
The picture of the Quetzal is nice
ktanska (24626) 2007-03-27 7:02
A good portrait and the horses. Plus all they had to carry on. Mud and rubber boots give idea about conditions, and camera settings tell about lack of light over there. So the memories are about all you can take from there with you. That also makes me think what kind of equipment is needed to make those wonderful nature documents.
delic (6735) 2007-03-27 7:04
Nice capture of the guides with a hint of motion in one foot. Quite sharp considering the light level and the shutter speed. Excellent series of notes. The quetzal in WS looks nice but it must be a heavy crop. Some CA correction will improve the quality.
riclopes (35577) 2007-03-27 7:43
Yes, I know well the problems of taking photos in rain forests and you had worst conditions than me. In fact, this is very similar to some photos I have from my treking. We had three mules, the guide, a cooker and the owner of the mules. The quality of this one is very good, with excellent details and a good view of the dense greenery in the background. This should be hot and humid and yet, they seem so dressed - that detail (of how locals dress)allways surprise me. These two could be brothers. It's a very nice one with people Kath, which is not so easy to find in your gallery ;-) And I like them posing.
WS - through the telescope?!?! Uhau, I didn't know that was possible. The bird seems gorgeous. I imagine the excitement...
eza1701 (3345) 2007-03-27 7:45
The shot is impressively sharp considering you were shooting at only 1/20th of a second. It must have been quite dark to only get that speed at ISO400.
pablominto (53744) 2007-03-27 8:41
I like this composition with the digonal movement!
The lush rain forest makes a great backdrop to the guys with the horses...
Great details and a natural colour palette!
pastadog (13111) 2007-03-27 10:02
Excellent double post, Kath! A feeling of Monteverde and especially the extremely elusive quetzal... Cheers and TFS :) Daniel
jwmunro (286) 2007-03-27 10:40
Hello Kath -
Another fine image for your travelogue. This is an image I would expect to see in a National Geographic Traveler magazine documenting a story to Costa Rica. It truly is the quality of the image under the circumstances described that has my attention. Well done!
Thank you for sharing
josepmarin (57715) 2007-03-27 11:29
Good scene with the wet environment of this jungle and both guards with his horses.
Such a green background is spectacular.
Good work with the lighting and the colors in spite of small light that enters this place.
The WS with the Quetzal was a very difficult shot, but in spite of small quality of the image, it has a great interest.
mortijo (12828) 2007-03-27 11:37
An excellent shot. Lots of detail. I am amazed at the quality of the shot through the telescope! Thanks for sharing.
scobert (5355) 2007-03-27 11:51
This is an excellent photograph of yours, especially considering the difficult lighting and the rough and remote terrain. Wonderful commentary. The image is a bit soft, which is no reflection on your abilities, but a sharper image would be more publishable. I know that there are logistical and time constraints on these type of treks, but using a tripod with a slower shutter speed and fill flash would have helped this photo. When the lighting is bad, sometimes when people are moving I like to pan the camera and use a slow shutter speed and use rear curtain sync on the flash to get some interesting blur shots. It is easy for me sitting on my soft chair in my comfortable environment to critique photos that adventurers like you really work hard to get to. (Some people seem to think that you took this photo through a telescope. If this is true please accept my apologies for my critique).
coco (30439) 2007-03-27 12:13
1/20. Not an easy exposure if you made it handheld.
Anyway, good work with the composition and also an interesting subject.
besnard (53291) 2007-03-27 13:14
Joli cliché d'une scène de la vie quotidienne. Le tout est d'une grande netteté, les personnages posent pour le photographe et le tout donne un cliché agréable à regarder.
Merci pour le partge et bonne soirée.
gilou530 (34) 2007-03-27 15:19
une caravane perdue dans la brousse avec des guides bien de la région, une superbe photo pleine de sincérité avec ces guides, bien vu avec en plus une bonne netteté
danos (85909) 2007-03-27 15:21
Nice capture of the guides,with great colours and lighting.Excellent the sharpness and the contrast.Very informative your note.Well done.
PixelTerror (0) 2007-03-27 15:25
This look like a trek image, but we're more used to such images in high altitude areas, good angle and a crisp and clear image in what seems to be dim light;
Have a nice evening JY
UlfE (14641) 2007-03-27 16:36
This is an excellent shot taking into account the poor lighting conditions and the slow shutter speed. The composition is really good too. Bad luck that the second horse is hiding his head behind the frist horse, but this is of course nothing you do anything about when photographing people. I really enjoy that the first of the guides is actually moving towards you. It makes the picture more vivid.
P.S. I am really impressed by your always very informative notes.
paura (47166) 2007-03-27 17:45
You walked for remote ways, Kath.
Interesting colors on your photo inside the forest. The motion is vivid in this shot.
singuanti (15250) 2007-03-27 21:34
Hi Kath. I bet that high humidity can be tough to shoot in. I'm guessing from the exposure that there wasn't an overabundance of light available. But a side benefit of the slower shutter speed is that you are able to show movement. Nice one Kath.
axiotea (21649) 2007-03-28 2:03
Not an easy light but you managed it well and we can see quite clearly the guides and their mules surrounded by the vegetation. The man in front is walking towards you, while the other one had stop, I guess for the photo :) Good your guides had a telescope, so could play with it...
JCG (35129) 2007-03-28 3:28
I imagine the odor of moisture which must reign in these forests. Beautiful photograph on these two foresters. In spite of the difficult conditions, qualities of the photograph are undeniable, I like much the harmony of green. Cheer for the WS not easy and thank you for the comment.
With my all friendships,
chrisnet (21092) 2007-03-28 4:12
A interesting scene of the daily life in Costa Rica, good colors and sharpness in this view, good work.
John_F_Kennedy (42062) 2007-03-28 7:58
I love the colours in the photo. It looks like a great place to be.
ahmetgedikli (25466) 2007-03-28 8:38
Excellent capture of daily life. The composition, colors and sharpness are very good. I love it. Thanks for sharing. Greetings.
Gerrit (47666) 2007-03-28 10:23
Great you saw that quetzal. Ithink the quality is rather good for the circumstances. You show very well the density of the cloudforest her./
alejandroguzman (4684) 2007-03-28 10:28
Hello Kath !
Great scene, very common in our countries showing the dailylife of most of the latinamerican people.
renerob (601) 2007-03-28 10:30
A nice shot of a every day life, with good forest colours in the back ground, good work with the light Kath.
plimrn (21344) 2007-03-28 19:45
How exciting to see one of these splendid birds in his natural habitat!! While photography enhances our travel experience, there is certainly more to travel than photography. For me I think it's also being jogged out of one's rut and learning about other's life choices. This pair of photos, the packers clearly enjoying their trek with their horses and the excitement of seeing a rare bird, covers those areas well. I think your consistent abilty to take us on the journey with you is why I enjoy your travelogues so much. HLJ, pat
stego (24028) 2007-03-28 21:25
I agree with jwmunro about looking much like a NatGeo photo, which I consider a great compliment. I confess I can't explain why it is so attractive beyond the documentary aspect and the great taming of the adverse light. At first sight the compo doesn't seem anything special, but although it may lack some graphical punch, it is far from dull and it is actually pleasant. Maybe the fact of both of the men and the horse on the fg is looking at us has much to do with the impact it causes.
salvator (19102) 2007-03-30 3:29
Beautifull composition & pov. The sharpness just in taste and clarity allover very nice. The colors are really wonderfull. The one foot which is a bit blurry gives a good sense of motion. Very very nice.
Best regards. Salvator.
john_c (24662) 2007-03-30 11:34
The men and horses are nicely spaced and angled here, perfectly positioned in the scene. Despite the dark conditions referenced in your note, the exposure level seems just fine and I am impressed with the detail obtained of the surrounding trees and flora. Good sharpness. This shot really gives one a good idea of travel through such a cloud forest. Cheers.
Emile (20350) 2007-03-30 12:07
I think that whatever you did to capture this shot was worthwhile because you got an excellent photo with great composition and colors and we can feel and smell the humidity in the environment, another good point Kath is that you show us the way things are done to visit such beautiful place. For me your shot is superb.
Thank you for sharing.
pboehringer (770) 2007-03-30 15:29
Hi Kath, from all the supposedly rich fauna at this place I only see two species of mammals. All of them pretty much packed and giving the right impression of a dark and dense wilderness surrounding the trek party. The WS is a great additional add. Finally I saw a Quetzal ... in its natural habitat. Good idea to use the telescope.
sabyasachi1212 (19771) 2007-03-31 5:44
Another beauty from your trip to Costa Rica. Not the best of light but well managed, bless the ISO:) From their boot and the mud one can understand how wet this place is.
With Greetings from India
Angshu (55413) 2007-04-02 1:08
Like this one...in the sparse light you still have captured the essence very well. The lush rain forest makes a great backdrop to the guides with the horses...and your picture of the Quetzal in it's natural habitat is really exiting. Photograph through a telescope?! I don't mind the quality because this is a rarity of a sight. Thanks for showing this to us
Flavia (10352) 2007-04-06 12:24
I like this a lot, you managed very well the difficult light condition, the composition is perfect including the 2 guides and horses. We can feel the mood of the rain forest present here and them the beautiful gift on the WS. TFS.
Didi (56419) 2007-04-07 2:25
Something different here with a litlle action.
You are in a jungle expedition to found the lost paradise.
Very interesting notes.
gunbud (34066) 2009-02-20 11:15
Wonderful rain forest shot of the two guides and their trusty mules.
Wonderful clarity and sharpness to this lush jungle scene.
- Copyright: Kath Featherstone (feather) (51130)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-02-05
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF 24-120mm D, RAW
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/20 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Costa Rica 2007
- Date Submitted: 2007-03-27 6:39
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