Posts Tagged ‘photos’

Capturing Moments – The Digital Way

February 18th, 2010 at 2:11 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

It’s tough to believe that only 8-10 years ago, decent digital cameras were not as ubiquitous as they are today, and those of us who wanted high quality images still shot slide or print film, limiting ourselves to approximately 36 pictures per roll, and waiting days or weeks before we could get them developed to see how things turned out.

My, how times have changed.

Here are the daily tallies of what Krystyana and I have shot every day since we got to Chile over a week and a half ago:

Date(s) Location Photos taken
Feb. 7-8 Santiago, Chile 281
Feb. 9 Santiago to Valparaiso, Chile 760
Feb. 10 Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile 269
Feb. 11 Ushuaia, Argentina 233
Feb. 12 First day at sea 240
Feb. 13 Second day at sea 1246
Feb. 14 Landfall in Antarctica 1199
Feb. 15 Pourquoi Pas Island and Kayaking 995
Feb. 16 Port Lockroy & Cuverville Island 1175
Feb. 17 Deception Island 798
Feb. 18 Elephant Island 1068
so far

The split is reasonably even between Krystyana and myself, meaning that we’re each averaging 500-600 photos a day now that we’re in Antarctica. And that doesn’t even include the video I’ve been shooting.

It’s a good thing bits are cheap these days.

What’s truly scary is that a majority of the images are pretty darn good. Now that big problem is spending the time reviewing all the photos and whittling them down to a bare minimum to be able to share them.

 

Costa Rica – Day 1

October 3rd, 2008 at 3:46 pm (AST) by Krystyana Richter

My dad’s and my first whole day in Costa Rica started with waking up at 6:00am; thirty minutes after my alarm went off. And the person who woke me up was my dad, who would later use this as an annoying nag. We walked down to the hotel’s restaurant and ate from the breakfast buffet that was included with our room package. The buffet included Gallo Pinto (traditional beans and rice in Costa Rica) and cheese platter that had a cheese like the Mexican Queso Blanco (translation: white cheese). The buffet had all the other regular continental breakfast components, but the tea, coffee, and water had to be ordered through a waiter.

After breakfast, my dad and I hurried to our room to pack our day bags and cameras. We rushed to the lobby in haste due to being five minutes late! The Costa Rica Expeditions mini-van (the tour company we used in the entire trip in Costa Rica) was waiting for us and my dad was quick to use the Yana-waking-up-late-by-30-minutes nag as our “excuse” for being late. Our guide’s name was Jonathan and our driver’s name was Mauricio.

Nice vistas at 11,000 feet atop Cerro de la MuerteWe started our drive to our high altitude destination atop Cerro de la Muerte while Jonathan talked about the history and the area that we were passing through. I slowly started nodding off and finally sleep came.

When we reached our destination, Jonathan got out of the minivan and walked to the back of the vehicle to get a large telescope on a tripod. There appeared to be a few buildings of the government on top of the mountain we were on.

Jonathan pointed out a bird after dad and I put on sweatshirts and got out of the van. There were several birds, and many flowers and plants. After having some birds come up close and taking many photos of our new feathered friends, Jonathan led us across a dirt road to the side of the mountain we were on. I was the first to see an emerald colored skink skitter through the bushes. We followed the little skink for photos for as long as it kept our interest and then headed to higher grounds to look for more creatures. We found more than just animals. The view of the mountains against the morning sun was breathtaking but my dad had his eyes on the weird fungi, lichen, and mold.

Well camouflaged spiny lizard atop Cerro de la MuerteA really cool lizard type creature that took a few moments for us to see it, due to its amazing camouflage, was pointed out to us by Jonathan. Many other skinks and lizards were also pointed out to us – some of them had a rocky look while others blended well into the green grass and plants. We saw a very few animals and the only mammals I saw were humans (my dad, the guide, and driver). And so, came the time to leave for a lower altitude destination known as “the cloud forest”.

Birds could easily be heard as we zigzagged down through the cloud forest into a valley, we could occasionally see a lizard trying to avoid the van. The minivan passed small lodges that all seemed to be in this one valley. Our search was for the rare quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala (not Costa Rica), and in order to find a quetzal, you usually had look for their food source, a fruit tree.

The rare quetzal - found in a tree hundreds of meters away in the valley of San Gerardo de Dota-3Our driver spotted one, but it was at least a kilometer away and behind a few trees. It took me a good fifteen minutes to even see the back of the bird without the help of the telescope. It was hard to take photos of the quetzal from where we were and so I wandered off to look at the other animals and trees nearby. My dad was trying to take a picture of the quetzal through the telescope but we had to leave with a photo that was not quite what we wanted, and so Jonathan was nice enough to give us photo of a quetzal he saw last time. The front of the quetzal was red and green, while the back was a few different shades of green, including emerald. The tail was two to three time his body length. We were told that the quetzal we saw and the quetzal in the photo were both males.

Hummingbirds enjoy the feeder at the Savegre Mountain Hotel in the valley of San Gerardo de Dota-4It was lunch time and that was just down the road at a lodge that grew their own fruit and had a trout farm. The restaurant had many choices but I ordered the steamed trout, which my dad and I both agreed was pretty good. After lunch we went out onto the porch of the restaurant to see hummingbirds of every shape and color fighting their way to a hummingbird feeder. Many photos were taken but Jonathan thought we might like to see the smallest hummingbird in the area and so we walked up hill to where the grounds were the lodge grew its fruit. We passed a few birds of interest but they flew off and so we continued up the hill to see a view of the part of the valley we were in.

A very chubby but pretty bird in the valley of San Gerardo de Dota-2We passed a few trees with epiphytes (plants that attach themselves to trees in the high branches and even the trunks). The apples grown in the area were a species not native to Costa Rica and had been an attempt at growing them. The people of Costa Rica that we had talked to about this, called them slightly sour but my dad and I did not think they were that sour. There were a few guavas on the ground, which gave “fruit” to the idea of buying some fruit for our hotel room.

After looking through the apple trees, we walked back down and came across the smallest hummingbird near the minivan. The bird claimed our attention for a while until rain started coming down on us. Even though it was raining cats and dogs we walked on to see more birds and squirrels.

Jonathan and Krystyana use umbrellas to keep the rain off them in the valley of San Gerardo de Dota

Jonathan was going to take us on a trail which had a terrifying bridge that looked as if could collapse any second and additionally, mud had already started forming from only thirty minutes of rain! After crossing the bridge we found our way blocked by construction of some sort. We soon had to leave to get back to our hotel and so we took a few more photos of the hummingbirds at the feeder and returned to the minivan.

My dad asked for a possible stop at a grocery store for fruit when we came close to San Jose. We stopped at a store where we bought a papaya that was cut in half but still quite big and some limes to go with it. The store had a reasonable selection of items but it felt a little unclean and uncomfortable, though nothing like the grocery stores of Tahiti or Fiji.

Back at the hotel, my dad and I thanked Jonathan and Mauricio for our day of exploration of the wild life of Costa Rica, and hoped that our remaining tours with Costa Rica Expeditions would be as pleasant and educational as the one we just went on.


 

Photos from our Costa Rica Trip

September 26th, 2008 at 12:58 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

It took a while, but I have tagged, cropped, and titled 492 photos from the over 2000 that we took during the 15 or so days Krystyana and I were in Costa Rica.

You can see them here on Flickr or here in The Traveling Richters Gallery.

Now that the photos are up, we’ll work on some posts about our experiences.

 

Back from Costa Rica, Heading Home to Bonaire

September 23rd, 2008 at 12:45 am (AST) by Jake Richter

Our 18 days in Costa Rica flew by, and we have some great experiences, as well as some observations about life in Costa Rica to share. And our Spanish classes were also very worthwhile, but at the same time they taught us that there was an awful lot to learning Spanish we had not quite anticipated.

We are presently ending a couple of days of rest and relaxation in Miami in order to sync up with the now abbreviated, three day a week flight schedule on American Airlines to Bonaire via San Juan. We should be home tomorrow night assuming the weather system hovering over Puerto Rico doesn’t get in the way of our travels.

The next task I have is to finish tagging and making ready the 550 or so pictures of our trip that are worth sharing (out of the 2000+ pictures we took while in Costa Rica). Once I have them ready I will post them, and then start sharing some stories and commentary. I still have a few stories about our New York City trip to post too, and those will come along in the next week and a half, hopefully before we take off to see the Canadian Maritimes in early October.

Hasta luego!

P.S. Krystyana has promised me that she will soon start contributing to The Traveling Richters blog, so stay tuned for that to happen.

 

Photos From New York City Trip

September 3rd, 2008 at 10:52 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

I finally had a chance to sort through the thousand or so photos I took during our trip to New York City, which ended last Saturday.

You can view them locally on our site at this Gallery link.

Or you can go to Yahoo!’s Flickr service to see the photos.

I hope to get some stories posted tomorrow about our various adventures. For now, however, read the captions for each image.