Five Minute Film School

Sunset Time Lapse in the Seychelles at Maia Luxury Resort

Obligatory feet-in-the-sand selfie

I recently spent a few days at Maia Luxury Resort. Located on a private peninsula on the west coast of Mahé island in the Seychelles, Maia Luxury Resort is surrounded by natural beauty including a private beach and the Indian Ocean.

Maia’s location is most gorgeous during the golden hour before sunset. The light is warm and the clouds take on pastel hues.

I made this time lapse using the TimeLapse app on my iPhone 6 using the sunrise & sunset preset:

Clouds at Sunset at Maia Luxury Resort, Mahé island, Seychelles Time Lapse

I still prefer using this app over the native time lapse feature on the iPhone 6 camera because it offers presets for situations like clouds, traffic, and sunrise/sunset and will shoot and speed up accordingly.

The private beach at Maia Luxury Resort

This gives me one less thing to think about so I could focus on dipping my toes in the warm waves of the Indian Ocean.

A friendly snail  I met in villa 208 at Maia Luxury resort

One tip for shooting sunset time lapse videos… don’t stop shooting as soon as the sun disappears. Let the camera run for a few minutes. Usually this is when you get the most vivid hues, and you can always trim the video if the afterglow is less than gorgeous.

Sunset stroll at Maia Luxury Resort, Seychelles

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iPhone 6 Time-Lapse Sunsets at the St. Regis in Punta Mita, Mexico

Purple sunset at the St. Regis Punta Mita

I recently went back to the St. Regis Punta Mita for a few days of fun and relaxation. My Life’s a Trip’s Ukraine-based social media manager, Anastasia Chernykh, joined me for the trip which was our corporate retreat. This was Anastasia’s first trip to Mexico, and she had not seen Punta Mita’s colorful sunsets anywhere but here on the blog .

We made a point of watching the sunsets together while enjoying margaritas and trying the time-lapse function on the new iPhone 6.

Happily Ever After Sunset at the St. Regis Punta Mita

The newlyweds added a nice bit of detail to the beach scene, but the iPhone 6 camera doesn’t seem to know where to focus with the waves moving in the background. I’m unclear is if this is user error on my part, or a quirk of the iPhone’s build in time-lapse function.

Beach Club Pool Sunset at the St. Regis Punta Mita

This was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen, even for Punta Mita. I wish I would have let the camera run a few minutes longer at the end. Much of the beauty of Punta Mita’s sunsets is the vividly colorful afterglow that comes after the sun has dipped below the horizon, and if you have the battery power and space, it’s always best to let the video shoot longer than you think you should. You can always trim the video before uploading and sharing.  The iPhone 6 time-lapse focus again concerns me, I tried to set it to a specific palm tree, but I have to take into account that I had a few margaritas before shooting this video.

Watching the sunset on the beach in Punta Mita, Mexico

Travel Tip: Punta Mita has the prettiest sunsets I’ve seen on the planet. Even if you’re not staying at the St. Regis, book dinner at the Mita Mary restaurant on the beach and check out the sunset view from the Beach Club infinity pool.

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

Carretera Federal 200 km 19.5 Lote H-4,

Punta Mita, 63734 Punta Mita, NAY, Mexico

Phone:+52 329 291 5800

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Five Minute Film School: Rainy Day Time Lapse in Paris

Rainy Day Time Lapse in Paris

My recent trip to Paris was the first time I tried out the time lapse feature on the my new iPhone 6. This video is the result.

How I did it: I set up my In Your Face Viewbase clamp in the window of room 407 at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière and started the time lapse feature on the iPhone 6. I let the camera run for approximately 45 minutes.

I think the resulting time lapse is fun and quite good quality. But I do think that making a successful time lapse requires a tripod or clamp base. Usually I use the $4.99  TimeLapse app for iPhone, which includes presets for traffic, cloud, sunrise, and other typical time lapse situations. I missed having these options using the time lapse function on the iPhone 6 native camera, but I wouldn’t be surprised if future versions contain these controls.

I shot this video from the window on the 4th floor

Overall: I think the time lapse feature on the iPhone 6 is pretty darn cool and well worth experimenting with when you’re shooting action– just be sure to use a tripod or to keep your phone still while shooting. I still think the TimeLapse app is well worth the $4.99 and will continue to use it for more specialized situations.

An exterior sign at Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere

Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière

46, avenue George V

75008 Paris


Phone: +33 (0) 1 40 69 60 00


+33(0)970 809 111

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Seattle in Motion: Time Lapse Video & GIF

Sunset reflected in Belltown windows

Time lapse videos are such a great way to show motion. I’m a big fan of the TimeLapse for iPhone app ( $4.99) and have really enjoyed using their new presets. I shot this video of a particularly beautiful sunset in Seattle on my iPhone 5s using the “Clouds” preset.

Clouds and Sunset Time Lapse Video

Pastel sunset over Elliott Bay in Seattle

My view of the May Day demonstrations and marches through Seattle was from above and I found the still shot a bit boring.

May Day Demonstration in Seattle from above

I decided a GIF might work better to show the action. I thought it better conveyed the protest vibe than the still photo. I use the GIFFER Pro app for iPhone, which is well worth the $3.99.

Seattle May Day March GIF

When photographing motion, I don’t mind a little blur, especially when another part of the image is in sharp focus. That’s what I got when using the Oggl app (free) to capture some flying salmon at the Pike Place Fish Market.

Catching salmon at Pike Place Fish Market

On my next trip to Pike Place Market, perhaps I’ll try and get a GIF of the famous flying fish.

Interesting factoid: the “stunt” salmon which are tossed at Pike Place Fish Market are donated to the zoo to feed the Grizzly bears.

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Check Out My Latest Feature for Grryo (formerly known as We Are Juxt) Featuring Mobile Photography Tips for Concerts

Robert Plant ticket in front of the Shrine Auditorium

Robert Plant ticket in front of the Shrine Auditorium

Check out my latest feature for Grryo (formerly known as We Are Juxt) – Rock On With These Mobile Photography Tips for Concerts.

It’s filled with killer images and tips for concerts from some of the best concert shooters I know including: Dutch Doscher, Dixon Hamby, Peter Ellenby and Molli Sullivan.

Here’s a little Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Black Dog goodness from the front row at the Shrine in the video below. Enjoy and rock on, my friends!


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