Snapshops From Costa Rica

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.

Enjoy.

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.

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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.

Enjoy.

PS – Just realized how out of it I was. I never uploaded the image.

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Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

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.

Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
Olympus FE-230, 18.9mm, ISO 50, f/5.9, 1/250

Sharing the Shade

Could not post yesterday due to a work schedule from hell that saw me working 14 hours so I’ll redeem myself today with this one.  The shadows and the bright sunlight made this shot hard to edit but I liked it and the lottery seller (the guy sitting) saw me taking the picture.  I just like the contrast of the two guys sitting in the shade and enjoying it.

Sharing the Shade
Panasonic LX7, 24mm, ISO 80, f/2.8, 1/200