First exhibition look from Costa Rica!

I don’t want to totally give away all the goodies before my upcoming Costa Rica based exhibition at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum in December- January. That being said I just couldn’t wait to share at least something that will be in the actual exhibition. Over the last little while I have been sharing a lot of the photos that “didn’t make the cut” per say. So how about we check out something that did?

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Photo Info:
Date Taken –
22/01/18
Camera –
Nikon D800
Lens –
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

There are over 1200 species of butterflies and 8000 species of moths alone known to be found in Costa Rica. However this one was very familiar to me. The Monarch Butterfly or Danaus plexippus is common to my home in Saskatchewan, Canada, and possibly North America’s most recognized species.

I am primarily excited for this exhibition, because of how COLOURFUL it will be. I am excited to provide a look, that is a total 180 from my previous exhibition of Abandoned (click here to check that out).


Photo of the Day, Abandoned Church on the Prairies…

I love going through photos on old photo walks and drives. Every once in a while I find something that is really interesting, that I haven’t previously shown anyone.

Today was one of those such instances. This old church now resides on private property in North Dakota. It has definitely seen better days, but still makes for a great photo!


Photo of the day, Casa 13.30…

Costa Rica is so colourful! From the flowers, to the wildlife to the buildings. I found this cool building downtown San Jose and I couldn’t help but stop and snap a quick shot.

It was definitely worth wandering downtown San Jose for a day before leaving for more touristy areas. It is a very artsy town, and it was very interesting to visit!


Photo of the Day, Orange-Bellied Trogon…

I have been diligently sorting through thousands of photos from my back packing trip through Costa Rica. It is becoming increasingly difficult to pick out my 10-20 favourites for my upcoming exhibition at the Estevan Art Gallery. I am beyond excited for this show, there is so much beauty and colour, which is largely different than a lot of the photography I have done.

One of the expeditions I took in Costa Rica was a bird watching tour. There are 918 species of birds in Costa Rica, so hiring a private guide to spot some of them was a must.

This photo didn’t make the cut for the exhibition, but is way too neat to not share.

The Orange-Bellied Trogon or Trogon Aurantiventris is only found in very small parts of Costa Rica, and Panama.

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Photo Info:
Date Taken –
23/01/18
Camera –
Nikon D800
Lens –
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Aperture – f/5.6
Exposure – 1/250

 


Photo of the Day, Royal Blue Butterfly of Costa Rica…

It was something I hadn’t really given much thought about in planning for my trip to Costa Rica. Shooting insects that is. However if I really think about it I am not sure why that was such an over sight on my part. There are over 1200 species of butterflies and 8000 species of moths alone known to be found in Costa Rica. I ended up capturing quite a few different species of butterflies on my journey.

The Myscelia Cyaniris or Royal Blue Butterfly can be found in Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru.

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Photo Info:
Date Taken –
22/01/18
Camera –
Nikon D800
Lens –
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Aperture – f/5.6
Exposure – 1/640

Some of you have been asking about gear. On this particular trip I was backpacking through Costa Rica, so I had to travel light. That doesn’t mean I had to sacrifice gear by any means! Armed with my trust Nikon D800, as always. This body is an absolute workhorse and can withstand the harsh conditions of any environment.

My lens choice was the one and only Nikkor 28-300mm. I absolutely love this lens. It’s wide, its telephoto, it isn’t extremely heavy, and it is not bulky at all. It does well as a macro (case in point), and it is very sharp, even hand held. This photo really shows off the macro capabilities and the beautiful depth at 300mm. With the wider shots I often find myself missing my 14-24mm, however that can’t really be consider a drawback can it? I mean the 14-24mm is the best wide angle lens every manufactured IMO. So that is a little bit unfair, or perhaps I am just spoiled? The only minor complaint I have is the chromatic aberrations this lens tends to suffer with. That being said, as long as I remember to use my lens correction functions in Adobe Lightroom this becomes a non issue also. So I really feel I am just nit picking at this point. The 28-300mm is a must have lens for any Nikon traveller looking to save room in their luggage.

Everything I photographed in Costa Rica was with this body/lens combo. As mentioned in a previous blog, I will have an upcoming exhibition at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum surrounding my trip in Costa Rica. This exhibition will be an ultimate showcase of the wide range of photography this particular combo is capable of. Also the purpose of the exhibition is to show that you don’t always have to pack your whole camera bag to be a travel photographer!