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Tortuguero Sunrise

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Caption: Tortuguero Sunrise
Location: Costa Rica
Copyright: © Basco / gtphoto 832-526-1123 gtphoto@shaw.ca
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Comments: 'I worked hard for this shot. I wanted a wide view of the the open lagoons in Costa Rica's amazing Tortuguero National Park. Scouting by private boat, I found my spot one afternoon but it was a sunrise shot. A quick check of a GPS app on my phone confirmed that sunrise would be in the right direction for the composition I wanted. Nonetheless, I took the opportunity to take some test shots and frame the scene. The tricky part would be using a tripod. Since I would be shooting at sunrise, the light would be low; handholding would not be an option. But, I was shooting from a boat. How could I use a tripod for relatively long exposures? My first thought was to get into the water with my tripod. There are lots of large crocodiles in the area though so that seemed immediately like a bad idea :-) My second thought was that I would stay in the boat and lower my tripod into the water. I tried that but the currently was deceptively fast. Even if I weighted down my tripod it wasn't going to stay long, and then I'd have to go retrieve it along with my camera and lens from the crocodile-infested waters -- doubly bad idea! In the end, my boat driver and I decided we could anchor the boat and tie it in numerous places to some trees and a national park sign on a little spit of land. That worked. So, with a plan in place we headed back and I hit the sack early because my boat driver Santiago was to pick me up at 3:00 in the morning. I saw him at the dark boat dock in front of my hotel at 3:00 the next morning, and we headed out, arriving to our spot about 4:00. That gave us enough time to anchor and tie up as the sun begain to rise. By a great stroke of luck, the sky contained the absolutely perfect mix of clear blue and interesting linear clouds. I shot numerous vertical shots which I would later stitch into a panoramic photo. When the sun lit up the rainforest on the right side of the lagoon, I knew that series would be the winner. We headed back to town and celebrated with some great Costa Rican coffee and gallo pinto for breakfast. That's a great way to start the day!' Spectacular image by award winning photographer Gregory Basco - part of his stunning collection available through GTPhoto. GTPhoto is a wonderful knowledge/photo agency with all award winning photographers, filmmakers, authors, scientists & guides covering our world with wildlife, birds and nature absolute specialties.

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