Decisions, Decisions

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Daily Photo – Decisions, Decisions

Which one to swim in? Is it better to swim in the pool that is body-temperature or the ocean down below where it's also body-temperature? These are the kind of life-or-death decisions you have to make on vacation sometimes. In this particular case, I chose both and was pretty happy with both decisions. This was shot at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora — what a spot!

Decisions, Decisions

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-24 12:09:49
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture16
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length27.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Paddleboard Yoga

Floating over Bora Bora

Here’s one of the first quadcopter videos I ever made here in Bora Bora… a little throwback video time! 🙂

Daily Photo – Paddleboard Yoga

Here's one of my favorite yoga instructors in the world. She was Spanish and always had the funniest little sayings. I would always laugh while she was teaching yoga… something I don't usually do. One day I was flying the quad and she took the paddleboard out and started goofing around on it so I could get some fun photos like this one! 🙂

Paddleboard Yoga

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-25 07:51:30
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/950
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Over the Breaking Waters

Swimming with Whales

Speaking of whales (below), I’d really enjoy swimming with them, I think. I’ve swum with a pod of wild spinner dolphins in Hawaii, and that was really great. I also really enjoyed my time with the elephants in Botswana… so I think I need to get whales on my list next!

Daily Photo – Over the Breaking Waters

This is a favorite photo from Bora Bora. I've always enjoyed looking at those aerial photos from space and seeing how the ocean water changes as it brushes up against some of these sorts of islands. My local friends there told me they can walk up to the edge and almost touch the whales as they migrate along the coast.

Over the Breaking Waters

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-25 09:05:40
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/3800
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Walking to lunch in Bora Bora

Selfies at the end

If you hang on to the end of this video, you’ll see about 3 or 4 selfie-videos…haha 🙂

Daily Photo – Walking to lunch in Bora Bora

This was another perfect day in Bora Bora. The sun was out like 90% of the time and it was never toooo hot. For me, it was a little too hot to walk everywhere barefooted. I could do it in the morning till about 2 PM, but then it got too hot for my lame, sensitive feet. I honestly do have fine porcelain feet like a vintage Victorian lady. I hang out with all these super manly dudes in New Zealand that go on 10km runs barefooted and stuff. I find that beyond my vaguest comprehension!

Walking to lunch in Bora Bora

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-24 09:52:43
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/2100
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Paddle Boarding on Smooth Water

A Small Difference in Height

I think I had the Phantom up about 20 feet here, which was just enough to see over the heads of these two. It just makes a huge difference in the photo with a small difference in the height!

This was taken with the Phantom 2 with the GoPro camera… The Phantom 3 has a WAY better camera, but I do wish it automatically took photos like the GoPro did

Daily Photo – Paddle Boarding on Smooth Water

Here’s another shot from The Four Seasons in Bora Bora. I watched people paddle board a few days before I went for it myself. It turned out to be super easy on this smooth water. I took Ethan out into the more choppy part and things got a little hairy out there… especially when we started attacking each other!

Paddle Boarding on Smooth Water

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-24 11:22:10
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/2900
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Relaxing by the Pool With my Quad

ABC

ABC = Always Be Charging. And for this geeky chapter from my life, let me tell you this is usually the first thing I do when I go to a new hotel room or something for the night. I immediately scout out an area to charge up all my stuff. It’s kind of a silly burden, really… maybe someday it will be easie

Daily Photo – Relaxing by the Pool With my Quad

This is a very geeky selfie I took in Bora Bora. Any normal person would have been there in the pool having a nice cool island-drink. But no, not me… when I was not geeking out with my toys, I was busy trying to keep all the batteries charged.

Relaxing by the Pool With my Quad

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-24 11:35:57
  • CameraHero3-Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/1700
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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 goo

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 Taken2014-06-23 16:38:40
  • 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 Taken2014-06-24 12:09:06
  • 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! 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-e_vBFr4E

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 Taken2014-06-29 16:24:32
  • 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

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-26 05:58:13
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length34.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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