While it took me longer than expected to start pulling together and editing the videos I shot during our trip to the Cook Islands and French Polynesia in June, I am now starting to produce and edit the videos taken during that time and will be releasing them over the next several weeks. Each video ranges from 1 to 5 minutes long and covers a variety of topics from my trip.
With 5 videos “in the can” (meaning completed) I am confident that I will be able to release one video per week for the next 2-3 months. While they will not be in chronological order of when the events happened on the trip, they will represent many of the great sights and sounds that I saw in both locations. I am hoping that you can watch a video and immediately know what it’s like to experience these islands in a way that my words and photos don’t do justice.
The first video is actually one of the last topics I covered on the island – my experience snorkeling in Moorea in and around my overwater bungalow at the Hilton Moorea. In this video I talk about my experience snorkeling while also overlaying photos I took using my camera with an underwater housing. I used the “Ken Burns effect” with the photos to bring some life to the still photos. The biggest issue I have with the video is that I interviewed myself before I saw several Octopus in the water the last two days of our trip, so I didn’t mention them at all on camera. I do show some pictures in the video, though.
Enough talk, here is the video!
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Here is a transcript for the video, Snorkeling in Moorea.
Hey it’s me Jeff. Just wanted to talk to you a little about my experience snorkeling on the island of Moorea. I am sitting here at the edge of my bungalow on the swimming platform, at the Hilton in Moorea. It’s been a great experience snorkeling. Basically, you just jump off the platform, put on your equipment and you’re ready to go.
While I’ve been here, I have been snorkeling quite a bit; every day at least once a day. I see all kinds of fish. Lots of colorful fish and things you don’t see every day. I have seen a flounder, a puffer fish and many other beautiful, vibrant colored fishes. I actually ran into a school of fish on one of my snorkeling expeditions and that was really cool.
Another thing that is in the water that I haven’t really touched is reef sharks. Now they do seem a little scary at first, but I have been assured that they are not harmful at all; they are harmless. I am sure they are just as afraid of us as we are of them.
Other than that it’s been a great experience so far. The water is clear. Lots of coral all over the place. It’s been a great experience and you can’t beat the ability to just jump off a platform and be snorkeling. It’s definitely my favorite part of the island experience so far.