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Cindy Rhodes Dec 25, 2014 at 01:17 PM

My husband, Bob, and I are attending the 23-31 Jan 2015 Costa Rica photo class. We will be arriving a day early and have booked an additional night at the hotel. We will be flying from Seattle via Houston to San Jose, Costa Rica on Jan 22nd. Is anyone else in the class going a day or more early?

Elizabeth Laverty Dec 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Hi Carole, my name is Elizabeth Laverty and I am attending the Jan 23, 2015 Costa Rica trip. I am also a health and retired professional woman. I Live in San Jose ca with my husband of 30 years and with our pet dog. My husband will stay home with the dog on this trip. I'm bringing my Canon Revel T3 - an entry level camera but I have some nice lenses. Will also bring my iPad and SD card connector kit to upload my photos to the iPad. I'm looking forward to meeting you Carole.
Carole Massey Dec 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Hello Elizabeth! Thanks for introducing yourself. I have been studying our destination sites and am wondering what is in store for us!! Thanks for taking time to tell me about yourself. I am a pet lover also. Not married but have lots of wonderful friends. I will be bringing along Canon equipment too. Can hardly wait to meet you!

Carole Massey Dec 04, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Is anyone on the discussion board attending the Costa Rica trip scheduled for Jan 23 - 31st? Am a single, active, healthy retired business woman looking for a female roommate. Let me know.
Paula Wright Dec 04, 2014 at 05:07 PM

Have no fear. Road Scholar will find you a roommate.

Carole Massey 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!
Carole Massey 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?
Carole Massey 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!
Carole Massey 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.
Wilma McKenzie Dec 04, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I just signed up for the Feb. 9-17, 2015 trip coming from Vancouver. Wondering about getting a flash and better beamer? Anyone suggest this?

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!

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