Day one with Katharina boat tours and the first thing we did was go and see the Dubrovnik walls from the sea. This was challenging for me because I am constantly switching back and fourth between video and photos, and then switching lenses for video and photos. Throughout these blogs, you will see my struggles of trying to figure out if I should focus more on photos or video because it does get exhausting trying to do both.
In the video, I also do a little real estate video tour of the boat. It is definitely not supposed to be super clean because we have already moved into the boat, and I did not want to spend the time cleaning everything. It was just more of a video to show you how it looked.
In the middle of the tour, I also mention that I like to always have do not disturb on my hotel doors because I do not want anyone going into my room when I am not there since I do keep my computer and other things in there from time to time. I do get fresh towels every now and again, but I just find the maid and switch them out. It is nice coming back to a clean room, but I also have a bunch of my stuff scattered throughout the room, so I do not want to stress the maid out trying to clean around my stuff.
Also with the tour video, it was hard to get nice stable and level footage because the boat was rocking and the gimbal stays level with the ground and not the boat. Basically what I am saying is that please do not judge that video on my real estate video skills!
One major thing that I did not notice for a while is that when I have a microphone on top of the camera with the gimbal, the microphone will cause the gimbal to kind of bounce up and down which causes the footage to look a little bouncy. So if you have a similar setup and are wondering why your footage still looks not as stable as it could be, the microphone could be the issue. A way to test this is to just turn everything on and just touch the microphone, as it moves, the gimbal moves the slightest bit. There are two solutions to fix the problem, and that is to take the microphone off, or put the microphone on the handle, so that the movement does not affect the gimbal. But then you still have a cord that gets in the way of the gimbal.
We then stopped at a little swim stop where Lia and I were taking some test shots with the GoPro7. I have shot with a gopro before, but have not had time to really try different settings and features so I used this time to just try different things.
I then go to test the gopro audio quality while we were in the hot tub and I noticed that the microphone does get weird if the gopro has been wet. So if I am doing an audio clip with the gopro, I just have to remember to shake it out to try and get as much water out of the microphone holes.
When we got to port in Slano, we did not know that it was the first day of Siđ, a traditional folk festival in Slano. And what we also did not know is that they were serving up some STREET MEAT! If you have been following a long, you will know that I am extremely excited to try the street food in south east Asia. In Slano, they had racks and racks of full bodied lamb on rotisserie. I was excited to try it because up to this point, and including on the boat, we have not had good food.
But before we got to eating, Lia and I went exploring. We actually found a trail that lead us up to a little mountain on the side of the town and we were able to get an amazing view of the whole town. The trail was not completely paved and it was overgrown, but it was not that difficult. Going on trails like this is one of my favorite things to do because not many people do it, so I am seeing things that most haven’t.
After the hike, we made out way back to where the street meat was. Lia opted for an overcooked hamburger, while I got half a pound of lamb. As I am writing this, I am craving that lamb. There is something about street meat that makes it better than anything else. It was tasty. And with the thought of writing about how it tasted, I do need to read some food blogs to see what they say about food because all I know is if I like it or I don’t, and if its really good or just ok.
Just know, if you are there during the festival, do get the lamb.