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Don's December 2016 Photography Newsletter
 
 
 
Don's Destination         Don's Tour Promotion
Don's Photo Tip            Anya's Pick of the Month
 
 
 

Don's Destination:

Savegre Lodge Costa Rica

Savegre Lodge is a luxury resort located in a cloud forest between Costa Rica's capital city San Jose and the Pacific Ocean. The lodge and their extensive grounds encompass almost 1000 acres of virgin forest surrounded by Los Quetzales National Park. This is the place to go if you'd like to see and possibly photograph a Resplendent Quetzal - truly one of the most gorgeous birds in existence. When Anya and I visited earlier this year we did see several Quetzals but high quality photographs of this species were hard to come by. Enter a whole bunch of other Costa Rican birds and I was a happy photographer. Savegre has several hummingbird feeders and other bird stations throughout the grounds. Set up your tripod and long lens nearby one of these and photograph all day. The Silverthroated Tanager shown above is one of my favorite images from our four days at Savegre. If you plan to visit Costa Rica and want a good recommendation I'd say that for birders or photographers you can't miss with Savegre. Email me if you want some insider secrets.     

Don's Promotion:

Make Spring 2017 Great - Travel to Tuscany

Will 2017 be the year when you live deliberately? Will you check items off your "bucket list"? And how about Italy and specifically Tuscany? This region is rightly famous for its beauty and way of life, its wine, people and perfect scenery. Then, for those photographers among my readers, there is the light. Ethereal, magic, gorgeous, warm light that slides over the horizon and screams to be captured in enduring images. Come with an area expert (me) who will lead you to the best photo spots in Tuscany each and every day. Does the place in my photo look familiar? Have you seen the movie Gladiator? Yes, this is the spot!

I have space available on the May 2-11 photo tour. We will be a very small group of just 6 participants and 2 leaders. I include 9 nights of lodging and ground transportation in the cost - a GREAT deal.

Click Tuscany Photo Tour to sign up today!
 
Wildlife in the Landscape

Don's Tip of the Month:

Shoot Wildlife in the Landscape

I'll admit that this is not usually my forte. When I get close to wildlife I want to get closer and capture a portrait which shows some expression, mood or other anthropomorphized feature. There, I admitted it. But... every once in a while I do back off on my zoom lens and capture images of animals within their environment. I don't really have a bullet list of suggestions for this tip of the month. Just offering it up as a technique that you might want to give some thought to. The good thing about this type of image is that mid-range lenses work fine and you can forgo the long, heavy wildlife lens. I like a 70-300mm lens or an 80-200mm for this type of shooting. Of course it almost goes without saying that the animal should be within an interesting part of the landscape. This coyote was photographed in Yellowstone National Park. I had actually seen this tree up on a hillside and thought it made a decent image by itself. Then a bit later when the Coyote showed up and even paused for a minute beneath the very same tree, I knew I had my shot. So, next time you see a bird or mammal within its environment and you can't or don't wish to get closer - shoot for wildlife in the landscape.
 
Vancouver, Canada

Anya's Pick of the Month:

City Skyline - Vancouver, Canada

This image of mine, chosen by Anya for the month of December, 2016 shows the city of Vancouver, Canada. About this photo Anya says "Most people we talked to told us that it rains a lot in Vancouver and so we felt lucky that when we visited we had 3 days of total sunshine. I love cityscapes more than Don but because the weather was so nice we both enjoyed this pretty city. Don took this image from across the harbour at Stanley Park. We got set up there just before the sunset and then we waited for the city lights to come on."
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL WHO READ MY NEWSLETTER!
I hope your 2017 is memorable and wonderful in every way.






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