|Believe it or not, they were not posing|
when I spotted them on the pulpit looking
at the sunset, but I did ask them to
freeze so I could grab the camera.
“Wow! Look at that.” I said to Windy a couple days before we left Bora Bora. We we’d been anchored for several days in what must be among the most pleasant of places on earth: a large shallow pool within the lagoon, tucked behind the protective shore of a palm-forested motu. With our Bruce resting in only 8 feet of water, we cautioned the girls not to dive off the deck at too steep an angle.
I handed Windy my polarized sunglasses.
The clouds over the edge of the reef sported bright turquoise bottoms. I’d never seen anything like it. “It’s a lagoon blink, yeah?”
I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures. As it was for Windy looking through her non-polarized lenses, the effect was invisible to my camera. Desperate, I held my sunglasses over my camera lens and tried to capture the image that way. Only partial success. I immediately thought back to a blog post my friend Behan on Totem wrote, about the value of polarizing filters for capturing better—more accurate—photos outdoors and on the water. I’d been meaning to get a filter ever since, but I’d not acted. (read her post here, good stuff)
Well, this episode was the final straw. Today I picked up my new polarizing filter from the Pago Pago post office here in American Samoa, where I’d had it sent to me, General Delivery. Expect better photos on this blog from here on out.
|So, I shot this looking through my sunglasses. You|
can sort of see the green tinge on the base of the center cloud.
Oh, had I only had a polarizing filter.
|Our first waterspout! As non-Floridians, this was pretty|
exciting. It lasted nearly 10 minutes.
|This rainbow surely would have benefited from a polarizing filter.|
This was our first afternoon at sea, leaving Bora Bora.