Crocodile Bay Resort is located on Costa Rica’s remote Osa Peninsula which has been referred to by National Geographic as “The most biologically intense place on Earth”. Located on the edge of one of the world’s few tropical fjord systems and Central America’s largest coastal rainforest, there are few places in the world that offer this kind of access to exotic wildlife and scenery. Please check below for upcoming photo safaris and workshops.
Matt Kloskowski – Costa Rica Photography Workshop
Matt Kloskowski is a photography mentor/coach that specializes in Outdoor/Landscape/Nature photography and editing with Photoshop, Lightroom and ON1 apps. He is also the author of over 15 books on post-processing (Lightroom & Photoshop) and photography
“I like to shoot, teach about, and post-process just about everything that has to do with the outdoors and traveling.”
You might remember that back in November I did a quick blog post on my trip to Costa Rica and mentioned that I was down there to see if it was good place to do a workshop. Well, I was blown away by the natural beauty there. There was such an abundance of wildlife and lush vegetation, as well as gorgeous beaches and scenery that made it really hard to put down my camera during the trip. Those that have followed me know that for a while now, I’ve concentrated on larger Landscapes, but there I found myself photographing various birds, monkeys and lots of macro close-up photos.
I liked it so much that I’ve teamed up with Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica to put on a very exclusive, and personalized 3-Day workshop. It’s limited to 10 people. Why just 10? I want to make sure that we can get the best photos possible. Because of that, we have to keep the group small and we can’t have multiple cars traveling around. This way, we can all fit into 2 large vehicles and get ourselves to some great photo spots.
Not only will I be there to help guide you along the way (and steal your photos when they’re better than mine ;), but we have a special treat for you. I wouldn’t even consider doing this workshop without the guide that we had when I was there. His name is Dennis (Instagram #Osa_photography), and he’s an incredible photographer. He knows this area like the back of his hand. He worked tirelessly to not only get us to the right spots, but also to help give us some knowledge of the area along the way.
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He constantly hunts around and finds the right spots. There were times where I would have bet $1,000 we were nowhere near wildlife and he pulls over and points up in the tree to a group of monkeys that were barely moving, yet he still saw them.
In short… Dennis is a rare find and we’re lucky to have him along with us.
The workshop will be held from Wednesday May 31 through Saturday June 3rd, 2017
Our location host is the lovely Crocodile Bay Eco Resort, which is located in the remote Osa Peninsula. Crocodile Bay is the perfect place for a photography workshop because of the abundance of wildlife located right on the property. While we were there, we saw Macaws, Toucans, Hummingbirds, Hawks, Crocodiles, and Monkey’s right on the resort property (some of them in the trees right outside our room).
The resort is also located on the water, so we have landscape scenery opportunities as well as a TON of macro possibilities. So when you see time for walking around the grounds of the resort in the schedule don’t underestimate it – some of my favorites from the trip came from a 1 minute walk from my room.
So here’s how it works. It’s going to be a 3 day workshop. Due to the remote location of the Osa Peninsula you will fly into San Jose and spend the night at the Double Tree. A shuttle will pick you up on Wednesday morning and drive you to the airport to catch the plane to the Puerto Jimenez Airport. A driver will pick you up from the airport and drive you to Crocodile Bay (only 5 minutes from the airport). All of your meals at Crocodile Bay will be included in the price.
Here’s the tentative schedule of the workshop. Depending on the weather we may need to adjust as we go, but there’s so much to shoot that it won’t be difficult to change it up if we have to.
Also, I’m with you the entire time. From morning until evening… you got me! With only 10 people it’ll be super easy to break off in to small groups that may need some extra education on camera settings or post-processing. There’s a reason (other than just parking and cars) that this is a small intimate workshop. I want you to come away with a great educational and personal experience.
Day 1: Wednesday
– Arrive at Crocodile Bay and settle in.
– Group dinner and introductions.
Day 2: Thursday
– Morning – Sunrise photo shoot along the docks of Crocodile Bay. We’ll also have some time to review camera settings, and make sure you’re warmed up and set up to take some great wildlife photos later that day.
– Breakfast at the Resort
– Head out to photograph monkeys, birds and other wildlife.
– Post-Processing instruction back at the resort conference room
– Group Dinner
Day 3: Friday
-Breakfast at the Resort
– Morning – Head out to photograph monkeys, birds and other wildlife.
– Afternoon – Depending on whether and previous shoots, we’ll be at the beach, resort-exploration for macro and wildlife, or a photo-walk through town.
– Post-Processing – Instruction back at the resort conference room
– Evening – Sunset at a beach.
Day 4: Saturday
– Optional early walk around the grounds to shoot. We may have been up late the previous evening shooting stars so we’ll plan this as we get closer.
– Late Morning – Again, head out to photograph monkeys, birds and other wildlife
– Sunset at a new beach and hopefully catch some surfers too.
– Group Dinner and Good bye.
Day 5: Sunday
Ok workshop is officially over, but your trip would not be complete without at least 1 day to play
-Reptiles and Amphibians Rain Forest Walk (it’s a bit of a drive and a good bit of hiking is involved)
– Zip-lining – hopefully I’ll have a picture to put here after this trip 😉
How Do I Sign Up?
Please visit Matt’s website for signup information here. Remember it’s first come, first served. It’s only 10 people and will sell out. Pura vida! (that’s Spanish for “Pure Life”) 🙂