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Snap shots at Pirates Bay, Costa Rica

Off we go exploring. This time to a hidden little gem not far from Tamarindo Beach.
As usual I always bring a camera, even if but an older Canon G12 point ans shoot, which does an amazing job, helps me capature memories and scenes and keep my photography skills honed.

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica “engagement” photos of Dana & Zak

They actually got married on the Marlin Del Rey  a few days prior, so this is an engagement session after the ceremony in Tamarindo, Costa Rica...enjoy...

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Painterley portraits on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

I was on the beach creating some painterley portraits on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. The best time of day is what we call the "sweet hour", which is about twenty minutes around sunset time, where the light becomes magical and soft. Almost iridescent like as the rays of the sun sweep across the ocean and the beach takes on a glow.

This is always my favorite time for creating timeless artistic photos in Costa portraits, wedding photography and individual portraits. Everyone looks great when working with the right photographer and the best light.

Pura Vida!


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Joe and Luiz on the beach….

I photographed these two last year in Tamarindo bach, Costa Rica. And again this year.

We headed up to the small cliffs at the end of Tamarindo beach, heading towards playa Langosta. The mid day sun was on full display and bearing down on us. Why were we out there at 2:00PM in the afternoon you ask?

Simple...these guys are busy. For me I would have loved to shoot this at sunset. No chance of that happening. They work every single day non stop and many days at multiple venues.

Joe says: "Great work when you can get it!" I am reminded of the old saying: "Make hay when the sun shines." It's a busy time for them so our options are limited.

Also, I wanted to head out there on low tide, which worked at mid day on this day. I would have gone out in the morning but the area, on that day, would have been under two feet of ocean waves. Not good for the camera. Not sure they can swim. I know my camera can't.

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Costa Rica Blues Festival 2018

A short video from the 2018 Costa Rica Blues festival. This is our third event, and it keeps getting bigger, better every year. Not to mention the music as usual is world class and epic. Assuming you love the blues, which I do, as well as many, many others gathering by the growing numbers that show up each year.

The Costa Rica Sailing Center is one of Costa Rica's premier sailing center. Sailing classes, boat and sports equipment rentals and sailing club.

Costa Rica Blues site HERE

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica under the stars….some night photography

Tamarindo Beach looks stunning during the day when the sun and waves are out under full sun...under a full moon and a dark sky some of the stars, and planets/moon add a whole new dimension...

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Another great review on our condo….

Love it when we get great reviews on our condo rental in Tamarindo, Costa Rica....most are positive! But great to read new ones.

This just in.....


Wonderful home away from home   

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We stayed at this condo for a month and it was perfect for us (a couple).
The kitchen had all facilities to cook meals in, there is plenty of seating and living space. The bedrooms have air conditioning which was very much appreciated on hot nights. Everything - beds, bedding, kitchen utensil etc were all in good condition and clean. There's a pool which was great for when we wanted to just lounge around instead of leaving to go to the beach.

The internet was 10mbs down, 1mb up - fast enough for video calls that I had to do a couple of times while there and reliable.

Be aware that in the rainy season there are storms and this can make the power go out in the whole of Tamarindo, this only happened a handful of times we were there and most of the time came back within a few minutes (only once did it go out for an hour).

The condo is a 10 minute walk from the main shops and beach which we did walk down to most days, if we were too lazy or hot we caught a taxi back for 1000-2000 colones (2-4 USD). There are some mini-supermarkets in the town center that had most of things we needed, we did only one big shop at the Automercado which is a bit further away but taking a taxi there and back was easy. The place is really nice and quiet a definite advantage of being away from the main area. There is a gym just around the corner which we joined for the month for pretty cheap. We did a lot of tours which we organised from the tour places in town, they are all happy to do pick ups from the condo.

The property manager was very responsive for any questions we had and quick to resolve the internet not working when we first arrived - on a Saturday evening. Overall it was a lovely stay, can't wait to come back!

Date of arrival

August 5, 2016