My husband enjoying the morning clouds in the main pavillion Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
One of the things that makes Namibia’s landscape so beautiful is it’s star-filled skies and shape shifting clouds. When you’re on safari, you wake up early to grab a bite to eat and a cup of coffee before you head out on your morning game drive. That’s when I set up my iPhone to capture the morning clouds just as the sun was beginning to peek beyond the horizon.
Morning clouds and sky time lapse at Hoanib
The moon was still clearly visible in the December morning sky.
The moon still visible in the morning skies of Namibia
Morning cloud reflections
Enjoying the sunset with a gin & tonic in the Hoanib River Valley
Interaction with wildlife and stunning scenery are two given highlights of any safari. But the safari tradition of having a sundowner is one of my favorite moments of any given day on safari.
During my trip last month to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in Namibia my guide, Emms, parked up on a ridge above the Hoanib River Valley and set up a table of cocktails and local snacks like nuts, chips, and biltong (dried game meat). Then he poured us a round of gin & tonics and we watched the sunset.
Check out this time lapse video I made on my iPhone:
Sunset in mirror in the Hoanib River Valley (look at those clouds!)
I don’t know why, but gin & tonic just tastes better when you’re on safari.
Gordon’s gin bottles lined up to meet their sundowner destiny
Added excuse to enjoy a sundowner– the quinine in tonic water helps keep mosquitos away (not that there were any in the Hoanib River valley). You’d also have to drink a lot of tonic water… but hey… you just go with it!
Land Cruiser at sunset in the Hoanib River Valley
Sunset as seen through the Land Cruiser seats
One day I was back at camp to watch the sunset. You can have an enjoyable sundowner experience there too.
Sunset at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
The colors at camp change and get vivid at sunset. You can enjoy the view and kick back and enjoy your sundowner near the camp fire.
Enjoying a sundowner back at camp
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Hoanib River | Kaokoveld,
Skeleton Coast Park, Namibia
+27 11 807 1800
+27 21 702 7500
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
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
Maybelle, an autism service dog hopeful
I recently visited The Monkey Tail Ranch for their Volunteer Recognition Day and Open House. Located in Hollister, California about an hour south of San Jose, The Monkey Tail Ranch is a 501 organization which trains service dogs, mostly for children with autism.
I met Tim and Elise through K9 Training Concepts where they helped me better train my lab, Scarlet. Not all dogs make the cut to be service dogs, and those that don’t get socialized and trained to be Instadogs, which are family pets. My puppy, Zeppelin, is an Instadog and the perfect addition to our family.
Here’s some video I shot of my two dogs playing at the Monkey Tail Ranch:
Scarlet and Zeppelin playing at Monkey Tail Ranch
Eight week old Maybelle is very well socialized
Perry is almost done with his service dog training and will soon be going home to his forever boy.
Elise working with Zeppelin, my instadog
Boomer the horse was happy to eat carrots from guests at the Monkey Tail Ranch
I think the world of Tim and Elise and work they do with pets and service dogs. If you think an Instadog might be right for your family, check out the Instadog website and the Instadog Facebook page. You can learn more about the Monkey Tail Ranch on their Facebook Page.