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Premium Email Subscriber Oct 13, 2014 at 08:51 PM

Hello! I'm Carole Massey and going on this trip Jan 23rd. Coming in from my home town, San Diego, Ca. Very interested in photography. Planning on bringing my Mark III and 100-400 lens plus a few others. Anyone else a Canon person? Any tips are welcomed. So excited as I have never been to Costa Rica :-)
Anna Osborn Oct 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Carole, We are on a later trip, but we were on the same, but fewer destinations, trip last Feb. You will LOVE it. Best guide ever and you will have the same one!
Premium Email Subscriber Oct 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Thanks Anna. I was wondering how to find out who my roommate is...does RS let us know ahead of time?
Premium Email Subscriber Oct 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM more ? What was your fav photo opportunity?
Anna Osborn Oct 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Can't answer the roommate question. Call them and ask if they give that information. Hard so say about photo op. Savegre is such a magic place and if you have a chance to photograph a Quetzal, that would be rare and special. Sarapiqui will have a night photography opportunity with the special frogs. Also unique. No shortage of photo ops; the problem will be deciding which of your 2,000 is your favorite!
Premium Email Subscriber Oct 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM

haha!! I get the editing part :-) Did you use your long lens a lot? Do I need the 100-400 or can I get by with my 70-200 and 1.4 extender?
Anna Osborn Oct 15, 2014 at 09:58 AM

My husband uses a 70-300MN Your 100-400 is great he says. Tripod necessary. We are newbies to this. Macro lens used often, also. He has a Canon EOS 60 D which was new in Feb. so quite a learning curve. But the teacher is great!

Marilyn Wisegarver Jun 13, 2014 at 02:15 PM

I just signed up for this trip, Feb 9-17, 2015. So far off! Never been to Costa Rica - love photography. Anyone else going? I'm coming in from San Francisco.
Anna Osborn Sep 11, 2014 at 02:57 PM

You will love it! Both places you go are great. One quite tropical, one high in the mountains and chilly. Teacher and naturalist are great. Check out both places on line; they have good web sites.
Marilyn Wisegarver Oct 08, 2014 at 05:53 PM

Thanks! How "chilly" is it, on a scale of 1(sweater)-to-10(down parka)? And how about rain?
Anna Osborn Oct 09, 2014 at 01:45 PM

Rain, not so much but definitely get a very light weight foldable raincoat. Sarapiqui: bathing suit would be good. Savegre: it warms up during the day but is almost always cool at that alititude, not down parka cold, but a light jacket plus layers, maybe a sweat shirt or hoodie and something warm to sleep in. Silk long underwear is great; lightweight. Maybe light gloves and a scarf. The round fireplace in the bar is a popular place at night! You are going to LOVE it at Savagre. Magic place; almost my fav on earth.
Anna Osborn Oct 09, 2014 at 01:47 PM

If you wish, friend me on Facebook and I'll tell you more if you wish.

Cindy Rhodes Jun 06, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Would like to connect via Email with others that will be attending this Porgam in January 2015. Has anyone done this program before? Looking for packing hints and which/how much photo equipment to bring.

Cindy Rhodes
Paula Wright Jun 06, 2014 at 01:48 PM

Cynthia, I went last year and it was great. Take a DSLR with some wide angle and telephoto lenses, or a really good 'bridge camera', if you don't want to tote all the lenses. I find that a lighter option with great telephoto ability. Also, bring a tripod and a camera cover for rain (it happens, a lot). Having a small computer to download onto is also helpful, but not necessary. You will love this trip.
Ellie Knesper Jun 06, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Cindy Rhodes Jun 07, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Cindy Rhodes Jun 07, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Thanks for the information. Have been considering a bridge butnot yet purchased one.

Norm Yeo Jan 26, 2014 at 05:42 PM

Getting close now, can't wait to meet everyone and start learning how to take great shots.

Stephanie Schoap Jan 18, 2014 at 08:26 PM

I have another question. I was looking to see if there is a way to download directly from a camera card to a flash drive without taking a computer along. It looks like there is not a way to do that. I was wanting to just bring my IPad along to Costa Rica, but I think I need a way to get the photos from the camera to a thumb drive. I have called pro photo store and the apple store and they both tell me there is no hook up directly from the card to a thumb drive and the iPad does not have a connection that will download from the iPad to to a thumb drive. Do we need to have a thumb drive along to share photos with the instructor? If so does everyone need to bring a computer along?
Anna Osborn Jan 18, 2014 at 09:06 PM

I'm not the one to skills are limited, but we are taking a computer. and since you have mentioned it I'll bring along a flash drive as well. Lots of stuff!

Anna Osborn Jan 18, 2014 at 06:31 PM

On our two previous trips I have hoped to go to El Jardin 2 miles past San Ramon. It is the best shop for crafts. Just checked our road map and I'm pretty sure we aren't going that way. It has some lovely plantings, very formal, but interesting. We could photograph those, Road Scholar planners!

Anna Osborn Jan 18, 2014 at 03:19 PM

Stephanie, I look forward to meeting you as well. Yes, the hotels are very nice. Our favorite is Savegre Hotel; it is a magical place...and, be prepared, quite cold as it is around 11,000 ft. John and I had wonderful massages in their spa. If you have any other questions, I'd be glad to make suggestions. I'm known as the "go to" for things people forgot or didn't know they needed. (not a light packer) We got our packet today and there were no plastic things with the luggage tags. That happen to others? I think I have some extras around here. We are SO excited!
Stephanie Schoap Jan 18, 2014 at 08:29 PM

We got our mailed packet and did get the plastic tags included. bummer that they missed that for you. We are excited too!

Stephanie Schoap Jan 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Thanks very much Anna. I will look forward to meeting you. That is what I thought, the hotels we are staying in look very nice.
Paula Wright Jan 17, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Stephanie, I have to agree with Anna. We only brought repellant, and frankly, didn't even need to use it. You are not going to the rain forest. You can put on repellant on some of your walks, but we needed nothing more.
Anna Osborn Jan 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Well I'll feel terrible if, for some reason, it is a huge bug season, but, really, I don't think it will be.

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