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Costa Rica Photography Expeditions
Adrian Hepworth

Journey through some of the most wildlife-prolific destinations on Earth with award-winning Costa Rica nature photographer Adrian Hepworth.

These expeditions to the tropical rainforests and cloud forests of Costa Rica under Adrian’s professional tuition provide unrivalled opportunities to bring home photographs of a host of exotic animals including hummingbirds, poison-arrow frogs, the resplendent quetzal, troops of raucous howler monkeys and the three-toed sloth. Each exciting destination was carefully chosen by Adrian himself based on the 17 years he has spent living and photographing in Costa Rica.

Adrian works closely with the group throughout each day, applying his many years of experience as both a photographer and teacher. In addition to providing constant feedback and advice, Adrian is also a strong believer in allowing photographers to apply the knowledge they already have and experiment with their own ideas.

If you would like to take a tour on dates not listed below or have any other queries you can contact Adrian directly at AdrianHepworth@CentralAmerica.Com

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Costa Rica Photo Tour: Clouds to Coast

Costa Rica Photography Tours

March 2nd - 10th, 2013

8 days / 7 nights

Maximum group size: 6

A gradual descent from cool and misty cloud forest to verdant lowland rainforest and the jungle-fringed waterways of the Caribbean coast; the Clouds to Coast tour delivers a wide array of photographic opportunities from the high-speed action of hummingbirds at the luxurious Peace Lodge to a leisurely boat cruise through the crocodile-inhabited canals of Tortuguero National Park.



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Costa Rica Photo Tour : Coast to Coast

March 23rd - 31st, 2013

8 days / 7 nights

Maximum group size: 6

Traverse the Central American isthmus by air and land from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic and discover a diversity of wildlife not seen in any other region this size on the planet.
Advance your photography skills with scarlet macaws on the world-famous Osa Peninsula, resplendent quetzals in the Talamanca mountains and poison dart frogs on the Caribbean coast.



Testimonials and Photographs from Previous Participants

Sheila and Alan Reeves, USA
Alan and Phyllis Siegle, USA
C Gerald Emanuelson and Terese Fonseca, USA
Ramsay Young and Family, UK
Dwight Smith and Family, USA
Steve Hodel, USA
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Adrian teaching at Peace Lodge. © Sheila Reeves

Teaching and Pace of the Tours

These tours are suited to photographers of all levels though a basic understanding of photography is required. Adrian’s instruction will be tailor-made to each participant’s individual requirements. The main techniques that participants learn and / or improve on these tours are:

1) The rapid selection of the best aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings for each new subject and its behavior or location.
2) To create interesting compositions and be more conscious of which shooting angles produce eye-catching images.
3) To obtain the best possible background for each shot.
4) How to expertly balance fill-in flash with ambient light.
5) The capture of striking close-ups with a macro lens.
6) The use of high-speed flash to maximum effect.
7) The creation of dramatic movement shots by panning.

It is important to mention that Adrian never photographs for himself during these tours.

Only an average level of fitness is required to thoroughly enjoy these tours. Each destination provides such great access to wildlife that we normally only need to walk between 10 and 700 meters to find our subjects! The forest trails that we use are all kept in very good condition and many are paved.

Non-photographer travel partners were given great consideration when these trips were designed and each day offers the opportunity to enjoy watching wildlife at a gentle pace or simply relaxing in exquisite tropical surroundings.

To view Adrian’s list of recommended equipment for these tours please click here.

Adrian Hepworth

Costa Rica Photographer Adrian Hepworth

Born in Lichfield, UK, Adrian graduated in Zoology from the University of Bristol, England, in 1991 and then travelled extensively in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand before arriving in Costa Rica in 1993.

Since 1996 Adrian has worked as a professional wildlife photographer based in Costa Rica and contract work with travel magazines has also taken him on lengthy trips to Panama, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. For several years between photography trips he taught English courses at the Costa Rican state university UNED, where he acquired the valuable teaching skills he now applies on his tours.

Adrian has twice been a winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and his images appear regularly in national and international publications and advertisements. He is the author of the bestselling coffee-table book “Costa Rica: A Journey through Nature”. To view examples of his work visit the Photo Gallery.

Adrian lives in the city of Cartago, Costa Rica with his wife and children.


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