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I laughed as I uploaded this week’s Photo of the Week candidates, which were taken with everything from an iPhone camera to a high-end point and shoot to a borrowed dSLR so expensive it would have wiped out my net worth had I accidentally dropped it.

I’m behind on work, I’m feeling ill, I’m rushing to complete my Divemaster course — and I’ve never been happier. Maybe it’s the sunshine, maybe it’s all the compressed air, maybe it’s all the lovely friends who I somehow feel I’ve known for years. Life here has become a blur of blissful moments just bleeding into each other…. and okay, let’s be real — a few hangovers as well.

Photo A
Bike Riding in Gili Trawangan IndonesiaSunset bike rides around the island have quickly become my favorite activity on Gili

Photo B
Wreck Diving in Gili Trawangan, IndonesiaMy friend Steve let me play with his big fancy underwater camera this week. It was mostly disastrous, but I did get this one shot that I love!

Photo C
Scuba Diving in Gili Trawangan, IndonesiaThese days I am so grateful for any dive when I get to have a camera in hand!

Photo D
Cuttlefish in Gili Trawangan, IndonesiaCuttlefish are some of my favorite ocean creatures. What aliens!

Photo E
Sunset in Gili Trawangan, IndonesiaSomewhat cheating, as I clearly didn’t take this photo. But it so sums up how I’m feeling right now, I just couldn’t not include it. That’s Bali in the background!

Which photo is your favorite?

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40 Comments...
  • All the shots looks awesome! I love that last one of you in contrast to the sunset! What kind of camera did your friend Steve have? That underwater shot looks super sharp!
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    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      I believe it’s a Canon Mark 5! A beautiful piece of machinery.

  • Shaun
    April 29 2013

    Stunning photos Alex!

    Your happiness is expressed in the last pic for sure. Hope ya feel better!

    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      Thanks Shaun πŸ™‚ Unfortunately still fighting a cold. Not a big deal in normal life, but it makes diving extremely difficult and painful!

  • Melanie Fontaine
    April 29 2013

    I love Photo A! There’s just something about sunsets that always does it for me. So, I obviously love the last photo as well! πŸ™‚ Glad you’re feeling so happy – it radiates through your posts!

    xx
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    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      Thanks Melanie! I can’t help it… happiness is definitely contagious over here πŸ™‚

  • Olivia
    April 29 2013

    A or E! Lovelovelove!

    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      <3 Can't believe there are only a few more Photo of the Week posts till I see ya!

  • Lindsay
    April 29 2013

    I love Photo E!!! Love to see all your posts and pictures!

    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      Thanks Lindsay! That’s so sweet of you!

  • Kathryn
    April 29 2013

    DITTO, A & E

    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      Thanks for voting πŸ™‚

  • memographer
    April 29 2013

    Photo A – Sunset bike!
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    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      The sunset seems to be a winner πŸ™‚ Thanks for chiming in!

  • Andy
    April 29 2013

    Honestly, I don’t know if I have a favorite. They are all wonderful! The underwater shots are great, and the cuttlefish and gorgonian(?) in black and white are especially cool! E (and A, too) are beautiful! Especially so because they capture the feelings you express in this post – of happiness and vibrance.

    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      If it is too hard to pick then I take that as a compliment πŸ™‚ Loved reading your thoughts, thank you!

  • Dad
    April 29 2013

    OK….C as far as a photo goes since it illustrates the complexity of nature, I mean the left side as a natural formation is amazing….but since you are the happy subject of E that get my POTW vote

    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      I always love your analysis πŸ™‚

  • Sally
    April 30 2013

    Lovely photos and I’ve always been super envious of your underwater camera abilities. Love seeing your work though πŸ™‚
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    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      Thanks Sally! Underwater photography is definitely something I’ve spent a lot of time (an money!) on, so I appreciate the compliment!

  • Julika
    April 30 2013

    Stunning photos! I love photo A and E — I’m just such a sucker for sunsets! Beautiful!
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    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      Reading these comments is inspiring me to go watch the sunset again tonight πŸ™‚

  • SkΓΊli
    April 30 2013

    Photo E!
    Love the vibrant colours and the silhouette effect. Beautiful!
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    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      Thanks! Silhouettes are definitely featuring heavily in photos of the week recently!

  • Jessica
    April 30 2013

    I love photo E, really captures your happiness! Plus, the colors are beautiful!
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    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      Believe it or not this photo is barely edited… the colors really were that vibrant!

  • Kristen Noelle
    April 30 2013

    Sunsets & silhouettes just about do me in.. E looks completely unreal and I love everything about it! A & C also get my votes

    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      Thanks Kristen! Love hearing everyone’s favorites πŸ™‚

  • E! It’s amazing!!!!

    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      Thanks Andi! One of the photos that will sum up this trip for me, for sure!

  • Jen
    April 30 2013

    I love A and want to hang it on my wall. Seriously, have you considered selling your photography???
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    • Alex
      May 1 2013

      I really hope that one of my best friends doesn’t see this comment… her job requires her to do a lot of image buying and she is always on me about getting on the stock photo sites! I would like to but honestly I’m not sure if I’m really at that level. Maybe I’ll look into it when I have some down time this summer πŸ™‚

  • Jenna
    May 1 2013

    Love all of these photos! Too hard to choose, but I like A, C & E best…not that it’s really narrowing it down at all! πŸ™‚
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    • Alex
      May 3 2013

      Ha thanks Jenna! I love it, tons of winners this week!

  • Sacha
    May 2 2013

    Def photo A. That’s such a gorgeous sunset and love the quirky bicycle πŸ™‚
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    • Alex
      May 3 2013

      Thanks Sacha… I’m going to be so sad to say goodbye to that little bicycle!

  • Cat
    May 4 2013

    Really love the sunset silhouette shots. But, think I’m going to vote for the coral in C.

    • Alex
      May 5 2013

      The patterns in nature never cease to amaze me, and coral is one of the most amazing examples of that! Thanks Cat!

  • Great selection of photos Alex. It’s far too difficult to choose a favourite! We look forward to following more of your adventures.

    • Alex
      May 20 2013

      Thanks for reading and following!

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