It’s possible that the trip would have continued without much further thought of this growing phenomenon, but then we saw “the pole”. I doubt that is the technical term, but I’m referring to the apparatus that people attach to their phones and then achieve an arm extension to capture a wider angled selfie. Out of the thousands of photos that we took, I don’t think we have a single one depicting this jaw-dropping set-up. Major flaw in planning there…! Considering that our carry-on bags (i.e. camera bags) weighed more than our checked luggage for 3 weeks, we were fascinated by the concept of traveling with just a phone (and a pole). Over dinner one night we got a bit carried away with imagining how it would be to take a selfie with our camera equipment and tripod acting as the pole. The scenarios kept getting wilder and wilder until finally we convinced ourselves that we had to try this!!!
The days passed and then suddenly it was our last afternoon on Koh Tao and we were stuck in the middle of a rainstorm with 3 hours until sunset. Would the rain stop in time for us to fulfil our Selfie Destiny??
The answer was “yes” but we had to move quickly! Even moving quickly, this had to have been the selfie with the most preparation in history! We started setting up at 18:20 and were still going at 19:13!! In the end we did two selfies with two different cameras, a proper posed photo, and a funky flash photo to justify bringing the flashes all that way. The geek out to end all geek outs!
At the end of the day though, an arm still has its merits!