I shot all these from Juan Santamaría Airport on my way home from Costa Rica. Some were shot from the lounge and others the gate area. I just really liked the mountains in the background for most of the shots.
One tip when shooting through glass is that the dehaze tool is your friend! It will quickly add contrast back into the image that you lose because you are shooting through glass. You are still going to lose detail and pickup weird stuff because its glass and an extra layer for the sensor to deal with but you can still get usable images out of it.
I didn’t travel to Costa Rica for anything other than to get away. I only brought my Sony RX100 and had no real intentions in shooting anything. It rarely left my backpack where I had tossed it in as an afterthought for the trip. I debated on not even taking a camera as I have grown in confidence in my phone since it shoots in RAW and I can post process from those image.
With that all said I did take a few images while I was out and about. Mostly on my way to the Mercado Central where I always visit my coffee guys; Cafe Moka who after 10 years (yes my first trip was in 2005) still remember me. I remember when they had a few customers. Now you have to wait in line to get your coffee by a pack of locals. That’s how you know its good stuff.
No real theme to these images. They are predominately street photography style but it wasn’t my intent. It just ended up that way since it was the subject that was most predominate.
PS – I realized I screwed up the copy write frame on one image. Blame that on the man flu I am suffering from and not being distracted by the football match I had on while editing.
I was sitting in my favorite bar in Costa Rica called Theo’s having the “promoción” or promotion of 2 for 1 beers for 2,000 Colones or around $3.80 when I turned around to stretch and saw this view. Only having my phone with me I snapped the picture and hoped for the best. I then went back to my promoción. I knew when I got back home I would have to take a look at it and see how it came out.
I realize that this isn’t everyone’s taste and to be honest I’m tired after flying all day then heading to work the next morning so one image it is. However, you get to see what a lot of downtown San Jose, Costa Rica looks like. It’s not some tropical paradise. It’s in the mountains and its like a lot of cities; a little worn down without investment and infrastructure. In Latin America you get used to windows having bars on them. You get used to the worn down buildings around you. You get used to the graffiti on walls. It just is apart of the scene. This isn’t the tourist trail. This is real life and Theo’s is a bar that caters to locals and expats on budgets. While I can afford the better places I meet more interesting people in places like Theo’s.
I’d tell you to go visit Theo’s but honestly I get lost every time getting there and have a nice wander around the neighborhood. I figure I’ll work off the calories I am about to consume. However, if you want to ask a taxi or directions don’t ask for Theo’s because the bar still has a sign that says Bar Malibu and the way gringos pronounce Theo’s sounds to a Latino as tio’s and that word is uncles.
Shot on my Nexus 6P and the usual post processing in Photoshop.
PS – Just realized how out of it I was. I never uploaded the image.
Taken while we were starting to descend into Costa Rica for a landing. Costa Rica translates to Rich Coast. Costa means coast and rica means rich. Puerto Rico, which is often confused with Costa Rica means rich port. The a versus the o on the end of the words is just a masculine or famine form of the noun. I figured why not throw a Spanish lesson in since I have spoken a lot of it these last few days.
I was sitting in a bar with friends and I had a camera with me and they asked me if I could take a shot with my cameras that I had in my bag. I knew I had a mini tripod so I just attached my Sony RX100M3 onto it, leveled it and then went ahead and took the shot. It was an 8 second exposure and while not visually compelling I thought I share what a supposed compact camera can do at ISO 80 and a tripod.
To prove I periodically leave the city of San Jose I took this picture in Jaco years ago before I was ever into photography. This was taken on a venerable Olympus FE-230 that I spent like $150 on back when I first bought. I still have it and it still works provided you shove the battery in and then manually lock it with the lever yourself. The image was awful to begin with so I went wild and ignored everything and threw it into Snapseed and had some fun.