Off to French Polynesia


Fakarava, French Polynesia
I haven't been in the water [since December](http://echeng.com/journal/tag/misool-2010/)—it's the longest I've been dry in a decade. Obviously, the big reason I haven't been in the water is that I've been busy in my role as Director of Photography at [Lytro](http://lytro.com). Startup life and lots of time underwater do not seem to be compatible. :)

Tomorrow, I'm headed to French Polynesia with my buddies Don Kehoe and [Dave Patchen](http://davidpatchen.com). We'll meet up with Fabrice Charleux of [Plongeur.com](http://plongeur.com/) for 10 days in Tahiti and Fakarava. I haven't been to French Polynesia since an [epic journey in 2005](/travel/frenchpolynesia2005/) with Douglas Seifert, Ron & Valerie Taylor, Mike McDowell, and others, and I'm really looking forward to being there again.

I've packed two Canon 7D bodies (thanks, [Dan](http://kozyndan.com), for the loan of a body!), a Nauticam underwater housing, Ikelite strobes, 4 GoPro cameras in 2 [underwater 3D GoPro housings](http://www.eyeofmine.com/gopro/order-gopro-hero.html#euwl3d), 2 Lytro prototype light field cameras, and a Fuji X100. That may seem like a lot, but it's travelling light compared to what I often bring on photography trips.

Sharks, here we come!