Making Cold Bubbles

We couldn’t possibly go on vacation and not go for a dive, thanks to Air New Zealand we didn’t have any of our gear.  While my suitcase arrived the next day, Josh’s didn’t come for two more.

The site we picked was Poor Knights Island, one of the more famous dive sites in New Zealand.  The collision of currents makes available a menagerie of wildlife not seen in other areas.  For two people whom dive mostly in the tropics suiting up in 8mm wetsuits with hoods was a bit scary.  I love to dive but I get cold even in Cozumel.  There will be a video from our dive coming, I just have not done the editing yet.  A bit lazy, but here is a little clip of Josh (and his beard) all suited up.

Wearing the GoPro was very comfortable and much easier than messing with my DSLR in a case.  My favorite part of diving is watching the schooling fish do their thing and when you are in an area that is prime for migration its heaven.  The dive was incredible and even though it was a large charter we were with a group of more experienced divers.

And, we weren’t cold.

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Extremely Fun

While in New Zealand Josh took advantage of the extreme sport offerings to make his memories.  Cave tubing, glacier hike, river surfing, and bungee jumping.  He took the GoPro with him on all of these and I made a video the other day of his bungee experience.  He chose the longest fall available in Queenstown.  A 134 meter jump from a gondola suspended on cabled over a river valley.  It’s called the Nevis Bungy and as you can see from the video it is every bit extreme.

Too Many Cameras?!?

I’m a firm believer that you cannot in fact have too many cameras. My collection is just grew a little this month. For my birthday Josh gave me a GoPro Hero3 helmet cam. Just in time to take on our big trip.

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This little guy is a powerhouse, perfect for diving. I have in the past used an underwater housing for my DSLR (a Nikon D5100), but that ended badly in Mexico this year.

Not only will this be awesome underwater but with HD video and time-lapse shooting options; we can make some very cool videos. Josh already wants to re-shoot the video we made of us setting up the trailer. He also wants to strap this thing to Pippi but I fear she might not be cooperative.

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My girlfriend Ree, whom we are vacationing with, also has a GoPro. We should be able to create some cool stuff with multi-angle.