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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wildlife Photography - Costa Rica Photo Tour

Off to Costa Rica for some wildlife photography. Will be staying in one particular region of the rain forest almost in the middle of the country. Costa Rica is a small democratic country in Central America with breath taking sceneries and abundant wildlife in the many national parks and reserves around the nation.  

I will be concentrating on HummingbirdsToucans and Amphibians. Hummingbirds are found only in the Western Hemisphere, from southeastern Alaska to southern Chile. Many species live in tropical Central America. There are more than 300 species of Hummingbirds and Costa Rica has over 50 species within its borders. For those interested in Hummers, take a look at my article on how and where to photograph them.

My readers know after much deliberation, I have finally replaced my venerable Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III with the full frame, 61-point AF, 50 megapixel Canon EOS-5Ds camera. The 5Ds will be used primarily for nature and travel photography but occasionally for wildlife that don't move too much. The resolution of its impressive sensor, the ability to crop the image (on the camera) to 1.3x and 1.6x are great advantages for me when it comes to wildlife photography, offsetting its main disadvantage - the slow 5 fps burst rate.

Accompanying me on this trip will be the EOS-1D X, EOS-5Ds, EOS-7D Mk IIEF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II, EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x Extender and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens. My big regret is the recently announced EOS-1D X Mark II camera will not be delivered in time for my next two photo shoots. The conditions I will be facing are perfect to test the new AF system, high ISO performance and 14 fps burst rate.

In the meantime, you can see my equipment bag and works on Wish me luck on this photo shoot. I will not have much time going through my photos after this trip because a week after Costa Rica, I am going on a Tiger photo shoot in India. Last year was not a good trip for me due to the poor tiger sightings. I need a break to get some spectacular encounters this year.   

It may not be easy for me to keep in touch because of my traveling schedule and sporadic Internet access but I will do my best. Have to wait till I return in late March to reconnect and write my blog again.

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