Planning the Perfect Photo-Tour to Costa Rica

The ideal exotic offshore destination for nature photographers.

Playa Pelada near Nosara Fitzharris took this north Pacific coast scene with a Canon EOS 5D and 24–105mm f/4 EF lens on tripod; f/16 at 1/30 sec, ISO 400. Tim Fitzharris
Captive ocelot, Zoo Ave near Alajuela Fitzharris shot with a Canon EOS 3 and 500mm f/4L Canon EF IS lens on a tripod; f/5.6 at 1/60 sec on Fujichrome 100. Tim Fitzharris
Gliding leaf frog near Jaco Tim Fitzharris used image stabilization to shoot handheld with a Canon EOS 5D and 70–200mm f/4L Canon EF IS lens with 25mm extension tube; f/8 at 1/125 sec, ISO 640. Tim Fitzharris
Playa Carillo, Guancaste Fitzharris used a split neutral-density filter to balance exposure of the sky and beach. Canon EOS 5D and 24–105mm f/4 Canon EF lens on a tripod; 1/20 sec at f/20, ISO 200. Tim Fitzharris
Boat at Playa Pelada Fitzharris used the same gear as the other beach shot, with exposure of f/16 at 1/250 sec, ISO 400. Tim Fitzharris
Green violet-ear humming-bird near Savegre Shot with hummingbird feeder repositioned near blooms. Same rig as used for the ocelot but with EOS 5D; f/8 at 1/500 sec, ISO 1000. Tim Fitzharris