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Photo of the Day – Simple Day At The Beach – Porto de Galinhas – Near Recife, BrazilPorto de Galinhas is one of a million absolutely incredible beaches that line the northeastern coast of Brazil. This particular beach is famous for the low tide reef-formed swimming pools which we featured in a photo of the day a few months ago.
Today I wanted to post a basic photo of the beach to help provide a better idea of what this tropical paradise looks like from the waters edge. As you can see it is full of people relaxing in comfy lounge chairs and soaking up the Brazilian sun. This is definitely the type of beach that people show up to at ten in the morning and hang out until the fading sunlight brings the day to a close.
If you look closely you can spot Will in the photo! Do you see him?
Photo of the Day – Low Tide Fishing Hole – Porto de Galinhas, BrazilPorto de Galinhas is frequently mentioned on lists of the best beaches in the world! The beaches in this small town are paradise perfect, but the highlight of my first visit was the small reef pools that were created out in the ocean at low tide. For a few dollars you could hire a boat to take you out to the pools and spend the afternoon floating wadding in a natural aquarium filled with exotic fish that swam around right in front of your eyes. Amazing!
Photo of the Day – Emirati Glamour Shots – Dubai, UAEIt’s Friday morning and I’m feeling a little more laid back and casual than I normally am posting photos on say Monday. I’m not really in the mood to be serious, so I thought I’d sneak in this funny picture of Will and I from our trip to Dubai back in June. At the end of our Dune Bashing journey through the desert, we stopped at a little camp to enjoy dinner and a traditional performance. While waiting for the food to come off of the grill we threw on some local threads and had a mini AbsoluteVisit photo shoot
Photo of the Day – Fantasy Island Lunch – Mystery PhotoI had a lot of fun with last weeks mystery photo, so I searched through my computer to find another photo to test you out with. I’ll warn you though, this one is a lot harder than recognizing the atrium of the Burj al Arab!
Do you have any idea where this photo was taken?
Photo of the Day – Hanging Over the Edge – Masada, IsraelPhotographing the back of people always yields far better photos than when people are staring directly at the camera. There are two primary reasons for this interesting phenomenon…
When you are not able to see someone’s facial expression and more importantly their eyes, you have little clue as to what thoughts are circling their head at the moment. This unknown creates wonder and wonder creates great depth within the image. Stare at the picture below and I guarantee you will start thinking about what was going on in Will’s head at the moment this photo was taken.
Human faces are also very distracting to our brains as we scan across a photo. Naturally the first thing we do when given an image with people in it, is we study the faces of the people to develop an internal understanding of who they are and what they are feeling at the moment. This distraction significantly gets in the way of focusing on the overall scene in the image.
I took this picture of Will standing on the edge of Masada and looking down the canyon in the distance back in 2010. To this day I still have no idea what was going on inside of his head at that moment. I’m sure it wasn’t anything worth writing about, but for some reason every time I glance at this picture the wonder of the unknown instantly grabs me.
Photo of the Day – Alone in the Desert – Dubai Dune Bashing – Dubai, UAEFor our final afternoon in Dubai, Will and I headed out of the city to the nearby desert (what Dubai used to be) on a Dune Bashing tour. What is “Dune Bashing” do you ask? Well, Dune Bashing is the sport of off-roading through the sandy desert dunes and it happens to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai.
Both of us had been “Dune Bashing” once before in Huacachina, Peru during our around the world trip back in 2009. The ride through the dunes in Peru was unbelievable and ended up being one of the unexpected highlights of our trip around the world. Because of this experience, both of us had high expectations for this similar excursion out of Dubai.
Unfortunately this trip out to the desert didn’t quite match the excitement we remembered in Peru. The biggest difference was that our trip in Peru was in an open aired dune buggy while this trip in Dubai was in an air conditioned Land Rover. Without the loud motor and blowing wind the ride wasn’t as “in your face”. Additionally the Dubai dunes were not that impressive. The dunes were fairly flat, modern city structures were pretty much visible at all times and sadly there was lots of trash scattered around the sand.
Even though the dune bashing trip wasn’t all we had hoped for, it was still a fun time and I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t spent a day before speeding around the desert sand. Here is a picture I snapped of Will staring off into the distance as the sun was setting over the soft dunes.
Photo of the Day – Floating Above Lake Taupo – Taupo, New ZealandSince I used myself as a model on Thursday, it is only fair that I let Will debut his modeling skills today. In this picture Will finds himself several thousand feet above the beautiful Lake Taupo on the north island of New Zealand. I was floating down out of the sky somewhere next to him outside of the frame of this shot.
Words can not describe the extreme rush that you get when you jump out of a plane. If you haven’t done it yet – seriously you have to do it. What is holding you back?
Safety? Your odds of dying are in the 1 in 100,000 range. You are far more likely to die in a car accident this year than from the amazing lifetime experience of skydiving once.
Fear of Heights? I am terrified of heights – ask Will. Skydiving is just not that scary and I’m not saying that to be macho. Flying up in the plane is not a big deal at all since most of us have flown many times before. And jumping out isn’t scary either. In fact you don’t really jump out, you are gently pushed out by the tandem guide attached to you.
Go Go Go! I promise you will not regret it.