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Photo: © Tamás Imre

Canon EOS 7D, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM f/5 1/80 sec ISO 1000
It is such a huge amount of animal and macro theme that we could not sleep too much. We spent our days here as follows. At dawn we rushed to the selected hide to be there on time before the birds come. However, this Hungarian bird photographer habit was not really relevant as birds there are not afraid of the presence of man. Of course, to photograph them undisturbed, well-designed photo hides are required. Many people worry that birds do not move in the rainforest because of the daily rainfall. Here it is completely different what we accustomed back home. Birds are the most vivid when it rains. Of course, it is unpleasant due to the high humidity and our equipment has to be protected too, but it offers nice effect opportunities, combined with flash technology. Night shooting is one of the most exciting thing here, at that time we can photograph leafcutter ants and the famous red-eyed tree frog of Costa Rica,valósítjuk meg a fényképezést. (Agalychnis callidryas). What an experience to go out and photograph with headlamps in pitch-darkness and looking for these tiny macro themes on the ground! An interesting story: once during a night shot I even could not see the photographer standing next to me and we were shooting while hearing the horrorific screaming of the howler monkeys. Bence switched off his headlamps and his torch and walked away for about 20 meters. It was shocking, the darkness was incredibly frightening. Luckily he came back laughing and we carried on with the macro photography.
Photo: © Tamás Imre

Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM f/3.5 1/1250 sec ISO 800
.Our time had gone quickly, full of unforgettable experiences, continuous shooting and image saving. Suddenly the lodge manager said to me: Thomas, have you booked the taxi to get to Monteverde? The week had gone unnoticed, but we got up at the last dawn too, and photographed our favourite parrots from a hide build on the breakfast terrace, then packing and off we go to Monteverde. To be continued!


Place: Central America, Costa Rica
Accessibility: from San José Airport.
What to photograph: birds, mammals, reptiles.
What to take with us: first of all telephoto lens 300 mm with 1,4x and/or 2x teleconverter; macro lens 100 mm, flashes – at least two, if possible -, tripod, release cord, memory cards and batteries, as much as you can.
Accommodation: Santa Rita (Laguna del Lagarto Lodge).
Text: Tamás Imre
Pictures: Anikó Imre and Tamás Imre EFIAP art photographers
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