Monday, February 8, 2021

My Photography Equipment Trials On My Trip To Virgin Gorda BVI

In 2019 I recorded a video in which I shared 4 things you should do before going on a photography field trip.  To read my blog post, CLICK HERE

Recently I went on a sponsored road trip to Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands.  I had everything organized, or so I thought.  I packed my camera, made sure the battery was fully charged.  I even packed my car charger for my cell phone.  As back up, I packed my EOS Canon camera with a brand new SD memory card.

The type of video that I recorded:  I clipped my cell phone holder onto the dashboard of the vehicle then inserted the cell phone into the holder.  As we drove, I recorded the route.  The problem here was even though the phone was full charged, it did not have enough memory space.  These types of videos are pretty long so their took up quite a bit of memory space on the phone.  Before long all the memory space on the phone was used up.

So I turned to my back up - EOS Canon camera the only thing was I had to hold the camera in my hand to do the recording which was very unsteady.  What I ended up doing was, as we stopped occasionally, I would get some short video footages.  This was working well until ....  guess what?

The camera battery needed charging and I did not have a back up battery.

Maybe I should have go get a device where I can transfer my files from my phone to a external hard drive.

Unplanned Photoshoot At The Baths Virgin Gorda BVI

My husband and I went to The Baths on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands on Friday February 5, 2021 and he surprisingly decided to take some photos.  I don't really like photos taken of me.  They must be taken a certain way.  I surprised myself in this photo shoot.  I was actually posing and having a good time. My husband was just snapping away and I just laughed at him.  It was nice to be on the other side of the camera for a change

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

My First Trip To Great Camanoe Island British Virgin Islands

On Sunday January 31 2021 my husband and I arrived at Trellis Bay, Beef Island, to get a private boat to transport us to Great Camanoe.  It was very windy and cold.  We definitely were not dressed for the weather.  The water was choppy so were not able to make the trip that day. I was a bit disappoint as this would have been my first to Great Camanoe.

The following photo is one of my grandson.  He went with us on the first day and he was very cold so I told him to go jump on the trampoline (which is located outside Jeremy's Kitchen) to get warmed up.  He had a great time.

On Tuesday  February 2, 2021 we returned to Trellis Bay to try and make the trip again.  We had to walk on a floating  dock to get on the private boat.   The morning was beautiful.  We were blessed with the sight of an awesome sunrise along the way.

Great Camanoe is part of the British Virgin Islands so travel documents are not required to make the trip.  

Within 5 minutes we arrived at southern part of Great Camanoe.  From Great Camanoe you can see Marina Cay, Scrub Island, Virgin Gorda (in the distance).  When we arrived on the island, we were transported to our destination with a John Deere golf cart.  Arrangement were made in advance.  The house owner was aware that we were arriving so transportation was made to have us transported from the jetty to the house.

The average house owner on Great Camanoe, are residents of another country and reside here for a few months of the year.  The balance of the year the houses are unoccupied but attended to, daily, by a property manager.

The island is very small with no commercial ventures, restaurants,  banks,  groceries etc.  You would not see any vehicles on the road, no taxis for the housekeeping staff to get to their destination.   However you will see an occasional golf cart or John Deere - staff might be able to hitch a ride if they are lucky😁.

Workers travel to and from the island, daily from Beef Island.  The owner or property manager of the respective properties will transport the workers from Beef Island to Great Camanoe.  On the island, transport will be provided to their destination. 

Your friends can't just pop over.  They will have to be invited.  There aren't any any public ferries to this island.  You will have to know that they are coming.

Being a property owner on Camanoe island will entail owning a boat and being able to navigate the boat.

As I sat and wait for my husband to finish with his client, I enjoyed the lovely cool breeze and magical sounds of the ocean eventhough I could hear the sound of a weed whacker close by.

Your pantry, medicine cabinet, household maintenance supplies must be always be fully stocked up at all times. Trash has to be dropped off on Beef Island.

I am curious to know though, who is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the island and where the best beaches are. Maybe its is a community thing. I would like to see around the entire island and the northern part of the island.