Costa Rican Fisherman at Sunrise

Fisherman sunrise Costa Rica

A departure from my usual diet of Northern California landscapes, I’ve been in Costa Rica these last two weeks satisfying a very different kind of visual appetite.

Today, I will begin posting some of my images from this trip, starting with this one, which I will tell you about in a moment. As I review my images, there are plenty of landscape sunrises among the collection, which makes sense since I’ve been based along the Eastern side of the Nicoya Peninsula. But moreover, I’ve been completely taken in by the abundance of wildlife — Monkeys, birds, reptiles, and fantastical creatures I’ve never before encountered. Photographing these critters proved to be fairly challenging for me. Landscapes do not move, after all, and so one has plenty of time to consider how best to compose and expose. But elusive birds flying through a dense jungle is quite another matter.

Also, I found that the light here behaves much differently than in California. Sunrises and sunsets do not linger. Twilight lasts only momentarily, so one must set up and compose quickly in order to catch those first or last magical rays of light before the sun is hot in the sky, just minutes after it first peaks over the horizon. Normally up and out by 5:00 AM to shoot, I usually found myself perfectly alone on the beach at dawn, but on the occasion when I took this photo, a single fisherman had crawled out of his beachside tent, gave me a friendly wave, and walked into the sea to cast his first net of the day.


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