The Go Pro Hero3+ was probably one of the coolest gadgets that I have owned.  The image quality was phenomenal, versatility was top notch, ease of use, well…decent.  Don’t even get me started about trying to figure out how to get that damn thing out of the package.  Anyway, it was a bad ass camera.

Go Pro has been making a lot of news lately with their content touching us in new ways.  From Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space to Kevin Richardson’s ability to hang out with lions, to watching some of the world’s bravest surfers go head to head at Mavericks.

One thing that never seems to cross our minds, is actually losing one of these cameras.  Well, I recently got that dose of reality.  I was on a Wave Runner capturing some amazing footage, and the bracket at the top of the clip just snapped.  I heard it, looked down and watched that damn thing fall right in the ocean.  It was gone.  I immediately got depressed.  Not so much of the camera itself (that can be replaced), but losing an entire day’s worth of footage.  It was a lot, too.

Despite the obviously faulty clip/housing, I do blame myself some.  I failed to have either a floating back on it, nor did I have it tethered to something.  I guess you live and learn, sometimes the hard way.  Well, I learned my lesson.  As I wait for my replacement to arrive, I have already decided that this thing will be tethered whenever I use it.  No more chances.

Have you ever lost a camera?  More importantly, have you ever lost a days worth of footage from a shoot?

Here’s a few fun photos and videos of me learning this camera.  This just shows how incredible this camera really is.

This is a photo taken at the beach in Cancun from my GoPro Hero3+.

This is a photo taken at the beach in Cancun from my GoPro Hero3+.

Here’s me learning my GoPro and playing around with time-lapse:

Maya thought it was funny to splash the camera:

I can’t wait for my replacement GoPro Hero3+ to get here.  Now I need to buy a floating back, and some sort of tethering system.  Any suggestions?