Kodak Disposable Camera - who knew!?
We get a lot of photographers on our tours, both surface and underwater. Sometimes we almost need another boat to carry all the gear, sometimes the camera gear on board is probably worth more than the boat itself! However we also have a lot of guests who bring smaller waterproof cameras and also GoPro's which are able to capture high quality images/video with a small price tag and compact size -perfect for travelling! We just heard about these pictures and the full story, it's so cool we had to share it with you!!!!!
During the 2014 season we had some Australian visitors, Gwen and Maddie. They had booked a shark day with us but disaster had struck! Gwen's husband Rick had taken their GoPro to Bali before their trip to Scotland and had forgotten to pack it for their trip to Europe! Opps! Not wanting to spend a lot of ££'s for another camera they desperately searched Oban high street for other ideas before their trip! Much to our surprise they were still able to purchase Kodak waterproof disposable films cameras. We thought they were confined to museums only given the digital age! However the cameras were even on special at Boots and they snapped up a 2 for 1 deal with 27 shots in each camera!!! There were 4 cameras left in the shop and they bought all 4! Were these cameras the last of the stock - who knows!!!!
Gwen and Maddie had pre-booked on a one-day trip to search of sharks in the Hebrides, but unfortunately their bad luck had continued with one of high-season days we couldn't find any sharks. That's nature but they did however have a great time when we visited the seals and lagoon in the afternoon. They captured some nice pictures of the seals playing around them in nice visibility, along with exploring the reefs and white shell sand beaches. So they had an enjoyable time with us along with the cameras working well and remained true to their waterproof feature! Unfortunately Maddie had to move onto other things but Gwen was determined to try again! She booked another day later that week and had secured the very last seat on the boat. She still had one camera left after the first day trip ....! So this was her last chance!
As the cookie crumbled, Gwen's second day was to be the best shark day of the entire season and the weather was even settled! On that day they were treated to the sight of numerous dorsal fins on the horizon , the sharks were everywhere -woohoo! We officially recorded around 30 sharks on our sightings sheet but the anecdotal conclusions from our staff that there must have been 'hundreds around'. Needless to say the guests all had an amazing time and encountered one of natures magnificent spectacles! These are times when everything comes together at once and it's you're luck whether you are in the right place at the right time on a particular day! It was also Gwen's last day in Scotland as she flew home the very next day. What an amazing memory to take home from our wee corner of the world!
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Gwen Captures Two Sharks in One Shot![/caption]
Fast forward to February 2015 and Gwen finally (back in Australia) gets her photos developed! Much to her surprise the little cameras had captured some amazing pictures of the basking sharks. She sent them over to us and we love the grainy/film look of them. The quality is great given the cost, specs and size of the camera! It's also a really cool story as to how the pictures were captured and all the factors that went against her having that experience! We had to share it with you as all was not lost with the GoPro being left in Australia! Although mum Gwen still has the shark bragging rights over Maddie - (sorry Maddie we'll get you out again in the future!)
See below for a few more of the pictures - Gwen has done a great job with the wee point and shoot camera - Go Gwen!!!!
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Sharks feed stacking - possible male shark in front[/caption]
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Nice fin ID shot!!![/caption]
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Another two sharks hoovering up the plankton![/caption]
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Shark heading for the end of the roll of film![/caption]
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Nice close up of the gills and gill rakers![/caption]