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
Arches cut through books at the Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles
Good brick and mortar bookstores are few and far between these days. Fortunately Los Angeles has a few, including The Last Bookstore.
The Last Bookstore puts the crime section cleverly in a bank vault
The Last Bookstore combines two things I love: books and re-purposed buildings. Located in Downtown LA’s Old Bank District, The Last Bookstore is over 16,000 square feet of inspired space filled with books, records, and pop up galleries filled with the works of local artists. Best of all, it smells like books.
One section of the bookstore is organized by color of the book spines
The Crime section tucked away inside an old bank vault. There’s a section arranged by the color of the book spines. And there are plenty of nooks and crannies where you can grab a chair and read.
Comfy seating chairs at The Last Bookstore
The Last Bookstore has become a hot spot for everything from intellectual hipster weddings, holiday parties, and movie shoots (that steamy “library” sex scene in Gone Girl was shot here).
If you get a chance, check it out.
The Last Bookstore
453 S. Spring Street, ground floor
Downtown LA | 213.488.0599
Mon-Thurs: 10 AM-10 PM
Fri-Sat: 10 AM-11 PM
Sun: 10 AM-6 PM
A smiling air hostess aboard an Emirates flight from DWF to DXB
I’ve flown a few legs on Emirates in First Class recently. Since nothing is going to top the video my husband and I made back in 2009, I needed to come up with another way to capture the experience.
The Emirates Flight Crew at DFW airport GIF
I thought it might be fun to do GIF post.
2004 Dom Perginon prior to take off GIF
I shot these images as stills on my iPhone 6 and then turned them into GIFS using the Giffer Pro App ($3.99)
Dates before take off on Emirates First
Emirates is known for hiring very attractive “brand ambassadors” as flight attendants. Here my husband enjoys one of the dates offered to Emirates First prior to take off.
Arabic coffee pour with a smile GIF
Small cups of arabic coffee are poured prior by an Emirates flight attendant. I love their I dream of Jeannie style hats. Giffer Pro also offers fun filters which help compensate for bad airplane light.
The Emirates First shuttle at Dubai International Airport
Giffer Pro also allows you to turn video into a GIF, like I did with the video I shot on my iPhone above.
The shellfish plate at L’Ecailler du Bistrot
Looking for a great oyster bar in Paris? Head to rue Paul Bert in the 11th. There is Bistrot Paul Bert just down the street, and the unpretentious maritime-themed L’Ecailler du Bistrot, which has combines classic French ambience with excellent seafood.
Plateau de Fruits de Mer Time Lapse at L’Ecailler Du Bistrot Paris, France
It’s all about the seafood here. While my crab and scallop allergy kept me from the shellfish platter, my friends devoured it over the course of an hour.
One of L’Ecailler du Bistrot’s maritime-themed rooms
The fresh oysters from Normandy and Brittany, cockles and various other crustaceans all received rave reviews from my friends. The sole muniere was a standout, as was the half lobster served with frite, and the linguini with clams.
The half-lobster at L’Ecailler du Bistot
The entire meal was complemented by a few bottles of reasonably priced (for Paris) wine from the menu.
The oysters are ready for their close-up
Left: the empty shells Right: oysters on the half shell
Linguini with clams
This was a meal I had absolutely no expectations about, and wound up one of my favorites of the trip. The cozy atmosphere and good service did not hurt.
The Sole Muniere (before and after)
No doubt– L’Ecailler du Bistrot is a seafood standout.
L’Ecailler du Bistrot
22 Rue Paul Bert 75011 Paris
phone +33 1 43 72 76 77
Monday-Friday, noon to 14h30 and 19h30 to 23h
Closed Sundays & Mondays
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
Phone: +33 (0) 1 40 69 60 00
+33(0)970 809 111