I am happy to announce two new workshops from Rikk Flohr of Fleeting Glimpse Images, LLC.
Fresh on the heals of my latest residency at Badlands National Park, I have decided to offer a Spring and Winter photography workshop at this amazing location.
Spring Scenics: May 14-18, 2011
Winter Wildlife: December 3-7, 2011
Each workshop will feature the best of the Badlands in that season. It is an opportunity to learn about Photography, Workflow, and Image Processing in a unique and special national park. The workshop will feature both field and classroom instruction.
Information can be found at http://badlands.rikkflohr.com. Sign up soon as we do limit attendance to 8 participants per workshop.
Rikk Flohr © 2010
Save $400.00 USD*
At a time when most of us are contemplating the white winter outside, pouring over last season’s images and dreaming of getting out and shooting again, why not consider a winter photography vacation in Costa Rica?
I want you to come on a photo-tour of Costa Rica with me in February or April of 2010. We are drawing near to the cut-off date for making our final arrangements for the February 15-22, 2010 tour and we are looking for a few more people to join us for a week of fun and photography in beautiful Costa Rica.
To that end, Laurie Hernandez of Worldesigns Photo Costa Rica Tours has authorized me to offer a discount of $100.00 per person for groups of 4 or more who sign up together for either our February or April, 2010 tours.
No Camera? Point-n-Shoot? 40 Pounds of Gear?
Time is running out for the February tour and a chance to escape winter where ever you are. You could be ankle-deep in the Pacific with Rikk as we search for monkeys, parrots, maybe even a surfer or two! Then we’ll see this beautiful country as we travel to volcanoes, wetlands, waterfalls and more. I can’t wait to share Costa Rica with all with you!
You don’t have to be a serious photographer to enjoy a Worldesigns Photo Tour. Casual Photographers, Sight-seeing Spouses and Hammock Enthusiasts will all enjoy.
Request a registration packet today by clicking here.
Rikk Flohr © 2009
*$400.00 US Dollars savings represents one group of four people signing up, as a group, at published tour pricing and receiving 100.00/person discount.
Richard is my given name but I gave it back. Now I need it again.
As a conference speaker, I sometimes have the situation arise where I am (gratefully) traveling on someone else’s dime. In these cases, it is normal for the conference staff to arrange for you travel. I never gave it a second thought as I reviewed my provided itinerary that the name under which my ticket was being booked did not match the name on my government-issued identity card. I have traveled as “Rikk” for decades now-without issue-until Thursday.
When I travel to Costa Rica for Worldesigns Photo’s Costa Rica tour, I am always careful to provide information which exactly matches my US Passport. I want to make the trip out of and back into the country with as little difficulty as possible.
Last week, I was winding through security in Atlanta, on my homeward leg of the domestic round trip, when I was stopped due to a “non-standard” nickname. I am Richard. I know other “Richards”. Some of them are also “Ricks”, “Dicks”, “Rics” and “Riches”. I am not the only “Rikk” in the world but according to TSA, I am not able to travel under the name which I use personally and professionally since my childhood.
You can shave off your beard and they don’t bat an eye. You can loose or gain weight rendering the ID’s description inaccurate. You can even move, making the address wrong- just don’t dare, use a name that the rest of the world knows you by.
I have to give props to Delta Airlines for walking me through TSA. Even though they had fumbled a couple of customer service opportunities earlier in the day (baggage check and reissuance of tickets with the correct name), they fought with me at the TSA checkpoint to ensure I could complete the return leg of my round-trip ticket.
The world isn’t what it was so use your full name.
Richard Flohr (Rikk) © 2009
You have two chances to tour Costa Rica in 2010 with me as your guide, instructor, and hopefully friend. But that’s not the exciting part. Read a little further and see what is new for 2010!
Sunset over Lake Arenal
We announced the initial Photography Tour a couple of weeks back in a post here. Laurie Hernandez of Worldesigns Photo has just announced the date of the second tour for 2010.
April 14-21, 2010
The tour is not yet a full-blown photo tour with full classroom instruction but may evolve into one depending upon the number of serious photographers who sign up and request it. Rest assured, with me along as an assistant guide, there will be photography!
Here’s the exciting news!
In addition to the 8 day – 7 Night tour, we are offering a Beach Extension that covers 3 days and 2 nights at Hotel Las Tortugas in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Instead of going home on the 21st, hang around the beach with Laurie and Rikk for two more nights and take in the majesty of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. All in all, it is 10 days and 9 nights you won’t forget.
Rikk and Mincho play Point-n-Shoot
Pop on over to the Worldesigns Tours website and check it out. It truly is one of the best values in Costa Rica Travel.
See you in Costa Rica!
Rikk Flohr © 2009
Announcing the first date: February 15-22, 2010
Worldesigns Photo has announced the first Costa Rica tour date for 2010. This is your opportunity to see the beauty of Costa Rica first-hand, experience the culture and build the memories of a lifetime.
Here is a Flickr Gallery of my images from the February and April 2009 tours. Take some time to thumb through it and see some of what you will see when you sign up with Laurie and me for the 2010 tour.
Kevin Hawkins, one of our April Tour participants had this to say about the Worldesigns Costa Rica tour. His comments say it all.
Come and join me for a week of image capture, exciting field instruction and custom-tailored classroom time in the magical land of Costa Rica. You might even get some barefoot field instruction time, ankle-deep in the Pacific as Alina did.
Rikk Flohr © 2009
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Another Costa Rica Tour gets underway.
Rikk relaxes in Liberia waiting for his photographers to arrive.
(Self-portrait Canon G10 with on-board flash)
By the time most of you, gentle audience read this, I will be winging my way for my second tour of Costa Rica this spring. As always, I try to blog from the road (rural and rugged as it may be) but the availability of time and bandwidth are always wildcards. It would be a good time to catch up on the 101 posts already written here.
You can see a few pictures from my February tour on my Flickr page. I will post photos of the April trip as soon as I can-but I have to take them first.
Till next time.
Rikk Flohr © 2009
Greetings blog readers. Today, I sit on a covered porch in Costa Rica watching the rain in the rainy season in the rainforest. It has rained for about 24 hours straight and the photography has been limited to the reach of my lens from my shelter. Fortunately the resort has wireless Internet so I have something to do while waiting for the next respite.
Cayman on the Cano Negro River Boat Tour
I am staying at La Anita Rainforest Ranch in the humid tropics of northern Costa Rica. It is from this ranch that the Photography Tours at which I am instructor are based. Fortunately, we do our tours in the dry season! The landscape is lush, green and wet. The conditions are dark and wet. Lots of flash and lots of high-ISO settings are combating the shade of the canopy and the perpetual cloud cover.
I have been advised by my tour director that the April tour is almost sold out but we still have some space available on our February tour. Come back with me to Costa Rica in the dry season and we will have some fun, shoot some great pictures and meet a great people.
Photo-tip learned on this expedition:
Look around! At Arenal Volcano, I was so fixated on watching the birds and the volcano that I almost missed a stunning rainbow as it swept over Lake Arenal. My wife saved me here, rushing out of the safety of the shelter to point it out. Don’t become so fixated on a subject you miss what is happening around you!
Rainbow over Lake Arenal
This will likely be my only entry from Costa Rica. I look forward to rejoining you all next week. I have to go now. An Amazon Kingfisher just flew by. For him, I will brave the rain.
Till then-pura vida,
Rikk Flohr © 2008