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Go Pro 4 Black – unhappy experience

Thought for the day…” Genius is 1 % inspiration and 99 % perspiration”.

“You miss 100% of the shots that you do not take”.

They say that hindsight is always 20/20, and with hindsight I would not have bought the GoPro Hero 4 Black.    There are lots of brilliant videos on Youtube and the net made by GoPro cameras, but I guess that the new GoPro Hero 4 Black is not going to be producing so many of them.

I purchased the latest version of the camera recently, but was dismayed to find that it has a problem.   Not just a problem but a serious one.   After a short time, it gets hot and cuts out automatically (to save further damage to itself).   The user manual warns you about this, and I have now read a good number of reports on the internet about problems caused by overheating.   And of course, the plastic case that you use most of the time just makes matters worse, as it stops airflow around the camera, resulting in an even hotter camera.  So GoPro have produced an action camera that does record in 4K (as the advertising says) but a camera that gets so hot that it cuts out after a few minutes recording.

An email to customer services at GoPro got a useless reply, which just restated what the user manual said.    GoPro are suggesting that users take short video clips, and then let the camera cool down between filming.  Hardly practical if you are doing action sports, as you cannot really pause your action sport for a couple of minutes just to let the camera cool !!   That is a guarantee that the action moment will be missed.

But what is sad is that GoPro know of the problem, (even describing it in the user manual) and must be aware of all the complaints on the internet about it.   That said, it seems that the GoPro 4 SILVER is fine, and works well, just that the top of the range Hero 4 BLACK has the overheating issue.

What would I do now if I was running the GoPro company?    Admit that the units have a serious problem and recall them and offer a full refund.  Customers can forgive a lot if they see that a company is trying.  Mistakes do happen, but to keep selling items with a known problem is just not on.   Probably bad for business in the long-term too, as selling a product with a known fault is not going to encourage loyalty or improve your company image.

So I will send more emails to GoPro in the hope that they will do the honourable thing and offer a full refund.  I do not intend to limit my action sports to just a few minutes !!

No problems with the Fuji X-E1 camera, which continues to produce fantastic still photos (with no overheating problems!!).   Two examples below to show how good the camera is.   First photo was taken recently in Pembroke (Wanaka), New Zealand.

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And another photo from the archives…early morning in autumn in the hills of Norway…..another Fuji X-E1 photo….

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More photos from a paradise holiday destination – Seychelles

Thought for the day….”It is the road that you take that decides your destiny, not your destiny which decides which road that you take”.

” You are not wealthy until you have something that money cannot buy”.

Situated just south of the Equator and in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles are made up of 155 islands which were controlled by both Britain and  France until independence in 1976.   About 92 000 people live there (lucky them!), with many of them being employed in the main industry-tourism.     Unlike the Maldvives, the Seychelles have some wonderful inland scenery too, ranging from deep valleys to tropical rain forest, which makes the Seychelles a far more interesting holiday destination.  The beaches (some of which are said to be the best in the world) are uncrowded and extremely beautiful, the sea temperature perfect for swimming and diving (especially around the many coral reefs) and when you tire of sitting on the beach under a palm tree, the tropical rain forests are quite beautiful.  Add to that some fantastic quality hotels and they are really a perfect holiday destination.

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and another from the same area…..

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Two from Oman, and bad news from Oslo airport

Thought for the day….” If stars give off light, then why is space dark? ”        ” Does age come with experience, or experience with age”.

Here is a photo of some chairs.chairsThese are not something that you will see many of in Oslo Gardermoen airport.  I had the misfortune (and misfortune is the word) to travel through Oslo (code OSL) airport recently.   The managers there have seen fit to take away nearly all the chairs in the departure/check-in area.   What are passengers supposed to do when they are waiting???   Emails to OSL managers got a reply that the airport does not have space.   Very interesting that an airport that does not have space for chairs does have space to put in weird ‘sculptures’ including one that looks like a bent penis (check it out with an image search!!).    So an international airport in the capital city of Norway does not apparently have space for chairs (although I would disagree with this, there is PLENTY of space), but does have space for stupid sculptures that just take up space and do nothing for the comfort of passengers.    But do not worry.  The managers of OSL airport said in their email reply that they will ‘review’ the situation in 2017 when the new terminal extension opens.  You did read that correct, they will ‘review’ in 2017.   Meanwhile, the stupid sculptures remain and passengers are forced to sit on the floor due to the lack of chairs.   Not some 3rd world country, but Norway, Scandinavia.   I guess that the managers of OSL airport will be using the First Class lounges, and will not be sitting on the floor like other passengers are doing.   A crazy decision to remove chairs made by managers who are clearly out of touch with the needs of normal travelling passengers.   I invite these very same managers to come and sit on the floor for 3 hours until the check-in opens.

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ANGER ! – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day..” Do stairs go up or down? ”    ” Do coffins have lifetime guarantees? ”

Just been reading about Banamageddon, and details of the serious disease that is affecting bananas worldwide.  This disease is a fungus which affects the roots, and at the moment, cannot be contolled or stopped.   Surprising to read that it is UGANDA which holds the record for the highest consumption of bananas each year, with each citizen there eating an average of 0.70kg each DAY.   That means that each person eats around 240 kg of bananas a year.  As bananas are some important in Uganda, the same word is used for both food and for bananas (matooke).  And rather surprising that due to the high levels of Potassium (especially Potassium-40) that they have higher levels of radioactivity.

Despite the sunshine and warm weather, it was obviously an angry moment for this Croatian couple seen in Dubrovnik.  Even if you do not speak Croatian, then you can imagine the words that are coming out of his mouth!

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Icelandic Fishing Village – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience” (Mark Twain).         ” A fool and his money are soon partying’.

Saw a couple of interesting stories in the news.  In Britain, Barclays bank is planning to cut 12000 jobs yet at the same time, is raising bonuses for investment bankers.   According the British Guardian newspaper, the average bonus paid last year to investment bankers was over GBP 60 000 each.   That will not be happy reading to the 12 000 Barclays staff who will lose their jobs.   Also interesting in the news, again from Britain, is that the police there will be able to access people’s private medical records online.  So much for privacy and for the doctor-patient relationship.    There is a good website on the internet which often reveals stories like these, usually very good reading,   http://www.infowars.com         Many of the articles are about things that they would probably prefer that you do not know.

Spring sunshine over an Icelandic fishing village for today’s photo.     Iceland has a small population, around 300 000 people and averages around 3 people per square kilometre.   Its flag, a red and white cross on a blue background is said to represent the sea (blue), snow (white) and volcanoes (red).  Iceland flagThere are around 130 volcanic mountains on Iceland, several of them still active.  The capital, Reykjavik is the world’s most northerly capital.  Interestingly, beer was banned in Iceland until 1989, prostitution became illegal in 2009 and strip clubs were banned in 2010.   Another interesting fact is that Icelanders drink more Coca-Cola per person than any other nation.

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Capturing the moment – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Aren’t the ‘good things that come to those who wait’ just the leftovers from the people that got there first?”

There is a very interesting story currently in the Scandinavian newspapers about Qatar Airways, and how they treat their staff.  The articles are VERY interesting to read, and it is hard to believe that any company can treat its workers so badly.  It seems that they are treated almost as slaves, with few rights and the staff seem to be in fear of their jobs.   The most interesting article (in English) was in the Swedish Expressen newspaper.  Here is the link –

http://www.expressen.se/nyheter/the-truth-about-the-luxury-of-qatar-airways/

It is a very interesting debate about whether people should book with any company which apparently treats its employees so badly.   Years ago, I worked for a company that treated its staff so well that the staff stayed for a long time, worked hard and were happy to work for the company.  Everybody benefitted, the company, the workers and the customers.   So quite why Qatar Airways is treating its staff so badly is a mystery.    I will certainly think long and hard before I book a ticket with them.

The photo today captures a relaxed and happy moment in Korea.   The bright colours, happy expression and candid nature of the photo make this a great shot.

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What was he thinking? – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” You cannot have what you do not want”

”  Your present is nothing but the future of your past.  Whatever you do today will reflect in your tomorrow”.

Digging deep into the photo archives (which go back many years) for the picture today.    Today’s picture is of an Iraqi boy.  One of the advantages of compact ‘bridge’ cameras are the large zooms that many of them have.    This photo was taken at around a 24X zoom, but even with the small sensor, the results were good.   Bright light without any strong sunshine helped make this photo a great portrait shot.  We can only speculate about what he was thinking, although the eyes say a lot.     One of my favourite photos from Iraq.

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Going home at sunset – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves.”

Did you know that the first digital camera was made by Fuji in 1988 (called the Fuji DS-1P), although engineers at Kodak had earlier made a camera that used a CCD (charge coupled device) ?  Digital cameras had evolved as a natural extension of the technology that had been developed for recording television programs, such as the VHS tape system.   In 1986 Kodak engineers made the first million-pixel sensor.  Even Apple joined the race, producing the ‘Apple Quick Take Camera 100’ in 1994.  At the other extreme, Fermilab built a 500 megapixel camera for use in telescopes, and the latest professional digital cameras are coming with 70mp sensors.  Progess.

Sometimes you need to take a lot of shots of the same scene in order to get one good one.  Today’s photo is just one of those situations, as it needed a lot of shots before the fishermen were in the correct position.   Timing was so important for this shot, which comes from Mindelo in Cape Verde Islands.  End of another day.

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Brunei mosque – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..”Losers let it happen, winners make it happen, and others wonder what has happened.”

I am still sorting out thousands of photos going back far too many years, but it is good to look back and remember some of the highs and lows of travelling.    Easier to forget the sometimes unpleasant parts and remember some of the fantastic experiences.   Things are changing so fast nowadays that many of those experiences are unrepeatable now, and the photos bring back the memories.

The photo today is from Brunei, which was hardly one of the most exciting stopovers that I did.    If you are playing Trivial Persuit then it is good to remember that the capital of Brunei is Bandar Seri Begawan.  Brunei has a population of around 415 000 people, with English and Malay being the main languages there.  It became fully independent from the UK in 1984.  About 90% of its GDP comes from oil and natural gas.    The photo here shows the Ali Saifuddin Mosque.

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Facing forward – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Follow your heart, but take your brain with you”.

” Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day”.

Did you know that the human face has 43 muscles in it?  Or that it takes 17 muscles to smile whereas it needs 43 to frown?  The face also contains the hardest part of our bodies (the teeth), the hardest bone in our bodies (the jawbone).    The strongest muscle in our bodies (in relation to its size) is the human tongue.  Humans are also the only animals to produce emotional tears.   And also amazing is that the human brain is consuming about 20% of the total oxygen used in the human body.   And on average, the skin is replaced every 27 days.

So here is a photo of a human face, a passenger in evening sunlight onboard a ferry.  Bright sunlight and also light reflecting from the surrounding white surfaces gave great conditions for this photo.   The wind from the moving ferry has produced an interesting hair style though !!

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