A Sunset Dip in the Pool

Working at a Resort like this

Wouldn’t this be an awesome job? Working in an environment like this? I always look at all the various jobs around a resort like this and they seem pretty awesome… there would be a few that would drive me nuts, like working in a tiny gift shop, but everything else seems pretty good!

Daily Photo – A Sunset Dip in the Pool

Here’s that amazing pool at the Four Seasons Bora Bora that I seemed to gravitate to every day. I suppose, photographically, the reflections were a bit better here than off the ocean. But I would run back and forth quite a bit between the two… you can see how close the beach is over there.

A Sunset Dip in the Pool

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length43.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Having a Dip in the Pool in Bora Bora

Quadcopter Fun

I flew my DJI Quad a lot here in Bora Bora. It turns out there was another guest who was doing the same thing! I always end up making besties with other quad-dudes around me! haha… sort of a secret club of instant-friends!

Daily Photo – Having a Dip in the Pool in Bora Bora

Is there any place better in the world? I’m not sure I can think of one while staring at this scene! Which should you get in? The body-temperature sea with the sand beneath your toes, or the body-temperature infinity pool where there is a little place to set your drink and nachos. Decisions decisions!

Having a Dip in the Pool in Bora Bora

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Getting Ready for Sunset

Floating Over Bora Bora

Here’s a fun video I did while there at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora in case you have not seen it! :)

Daily Photo – Getting Ready for Sunset

Now this doesn’t always happen, but it certainly did this time. I was lucky enough to be in Bora Bora for a week straight and got to see a week’s worth of sunsets across this view. Amazing! But usually I am taking photos before the sunset, and when the sunset comes, I immediately “upgrade” all the pre-sunset shots! You know, I thought it was pretty before, but when the sunset actually hits, all bets are off and the photo is actually 10x better. But this one was an exception… the build-up to the sunset was pretty dang awesome too.

Getting Ready for Sunset

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture18
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Rainbow on the way to the Bungalow

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Daily Photo – Rainbow on the way to the Bungalow

I got in the habit of taking morning photowalks around the property here at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora. With these over-water bungalows, there is almost no bad angle! It's so nice to be able to fall out of bed and kind of stumble/amble around, half awake, and see things like this. I was often so morning-groggy that I barely had the wherewithal to actually take a photo! But when I saw this nice rainbow in the distance, I mustered all my focus to try to take a decent shot!

Rainbow on the way to the Bungalow

Rainbow on the way to the Bungalow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length34.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Sunset in French Polynesia

Using Mirrorless Cameras to view an Eclipse

I don’t know why this never occurred to me, but it seems like a fairly obvious thing to do! I mention using my Sony below to do this since you can look directly into the sun, but you’re only seeing an image on the sensor. I should try this with a powerful lens and tripod next time an eclipse rolls around!

Daily Photo – Another Sunset in French Polynesia

I swear. 95% of the sunsets in this area must look as amazing as this! It is just kind of a photography heaven I think! I've never seen such consistency. Also, since I now live up in the mountains, I never really get to see the sun dip below the horizon. I tend to be a _little_ more fascinated with it than normal. Another nice aspect of the whole thing is now that I am using mirrorless cameras, I can stare right into the setting sun without having to worry about damaging my eyes!

Another Sunset in French Polynesia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/80
  • Aperture16
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length46.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Walking Into the Water

Communicating a Feeling in a Photo

If you’re stuck in a rut and trying to figure out a new take on things, try to communicate a feeling rather than try to take a picture of a “thing.” In today’s photo, I am kind of explaining what that feeling is for the sake of illustration, but maybe you can reflect on this and see if you would have had this feeling anyway, without me telling you.

Daily Photo – Walking Into the Water

In this photo, I wanted to communicate the feeling of how warm and welcoming it is to walk into the water here in Bora Bora. It's one of the most inviting things in the world to walk through this soft sand and slowly get deeper. The water is pretty much body-temperature, so you don't even wince when the water level hits your nether-region… I'm honestly pretty wimpy in cold water… give me this warm bath water any day!

Walking Into the Water

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

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Daily Photo – The Peaceful and the Stormy Blues

On the day in Bora Bora when we went out to swim with the sharks, it was perfectly beautiful and calm. Then, out of almost nowhere, this angry storm started rolling in. We were in quite shallow, shark-ridden water at this point, and the sun was still hitting it from behind. And then I had this somewhat terrifying thought that above me was death, below me was death, and the only thing keeping me between the two was a few thin pieces of wood!

The Peaceful and the Stormy Blues

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length37.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

To the Island in Morning Fog

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Daily Photo – To the Island in Morning Fog

The weather was almost always perfect in Bora Bora, but one day there was a very heavy morning fog. I thought everything looked so awesome and monochromatic, especially this tiny little island. I took the photo and ahead of time I had the idea that it would look cool in just black and white — I'm glad my idea actually worked out!

To the Island in Morning Fog

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5000
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Night in Bora Bora

EXIF Info

Remember, there are two ways to see the EXIF info for each of my shots. You can hover the mouse over and see them, or if you click through to SmugMug, you can click on the little “i” and see this information! BTW, I don’t even know what some of that means… like “Brightness -24026/256″??? Maybe one of you smarties can tell me what that means!

Camera SONY ILCE-7R (Sony A7r)
ISO 800
Exposure Time 25s (25/1)
Name The Bungalows at Night.jpg
Size 7837 x 5884
Date Taken 2014-06-29 19:55:35
Date Modified 2014-07-04 08:47:18

File Size 23.88 MB
Flash flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Metering pattern
Exposure Program manual
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Exposure Mode manual
Light Source unknown
White Balance auto
Digital Zoom 1.0x
Contrast 0
Saturation 0
Sharpness 0
Color Space sRGB
Brightness -24026/256

Daily Photo – Another Night in Bora Bora

Was every night in Bora Bora this pretty, or just the ones where I took photos? It was EVERY NIGHT! It was so pretty every night, how could you NOT go out and take photos? With that mountain and the amazing architecture over the water… it was so awesome and a real treat to be here.

Another Night in Bora Bora

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time25
  • Aperture
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Wild clouds in Bora Bora

Wide-Angle Tip

If you like these kinds of shots where everything seems to be pointing towards the middle, try a wide-angle lens! I first shot this a bit tighter. It was a cool shot, but then when I put on the wide-angle everything got so much more amazing! I even sometimes forget this effect, and it’s so fun to look through a wide-angle lens and see it happen!

Daily Photo – Wild clouds in Bora Bora

Just before I took this, I was hand-feeding a puffer fish! It was one of the strangest things I had ever done. First I picked up a sea urchin off the bottom and held it loosely in my hand. Then the puffer fish came over and started tearing into it! Puffer fish don't care! It was so awesome to watching him tear it apart. They have big and hard teeth, those guys… kind of freaky really. It's the first time I've ever done anything like that.

Anyway, after feeding the fish, I looked up through the water and saw these crazy clouds. I got out of the water, nabbed my camera, and shot away!

Wild clouds in Bora Bora

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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