On my recent trip to Sydney, my room at the Park Hyatt Sydney had a killer view of the iconic Sydney Opera House. I’ve shot some of my favorite time lapse videos here. The backdrop is especially stunning at sunrise, when the harbour come to life and starts buzzing with activity.
Since I knew I was going to be in this spot for a while, I decided to compare a few different #shotoniPhone6 time lapse options. I shot videos using my iPhone 6’s native camera time-lapse function, another using the TimeLapse app, and the third I made with the Hyperlapse app.
First up, the iPhone 6 Native Camera’s Time-Lapse feature: The iPhone’s built in time-lapse function:
I am happy with the results I got using iPhone 6’s built-in Time Lapse function. The pacing works well for the clouds and rain and the traffic on the harbour. The downside: there is only one time lapse setting. So the results might not be as idea for different shooting situations like capturing crowds or night traffic.
Next, I tried shooting a sunrise time lapse using the paid version of TimeLapse app‘s Sunrise/sunset preset feature:
Morning Sunrise time lapse from my room at the Park Hyatt Sydney
I’m really happy with the resulting time lapse video and love that the app offers presets for different shooting situations. I think if you’re going to shoot time-lapse videos in a variety of different scenarios, this app is well worth the $4.99 as an additional tool for serious shooters.
Next, I shot a bit later in the day using the Hyperlapse app from Instagram. What Hyperlapse has going for it is image stabilization. It’s probably your best option when shooting a time lapse video handheld, if you don’t have a tripod or mount handy.
Sydney Harbour Hyperlapse
I think the resulting hyperlapse video is fun, but not substantial because the app’s default resolution is too low for my liking. Turns out there are “secret settings” you can unlock in Hyperlapse which are shown in this YouTube video.
My issue is that the secret settings are tricky to access, especially if you have cold fingers. But accessing them allows you to unlock an expanded range of options including higher resolution and more speeds. While I currently think Hyperlapse is your best option for handheld time lapse videos, and I’ll have to review my thoughts on as a serious tool for time lapse options after I use it with the unlocked range of functions, and the higher 1080 pixel resolution.
My room, 515, faced east, towards the Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum. This also meant I had an excellent view of the sunrise, so I decided to make a time lapse video on my iPhone 6. I hope you enjoy the video.
Sunrise in Singapore Time Lapse Video
I shot this video from the balcony of room 515 at the Fullerton Bay Hotel. The morning skies were pastel and moody. I wish I could have let the time lapse run longer, but I had a flight to catch… profession hazard when you are a travel blogger!
Twilight outside tent #2 at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Impressive, elevated tents at Hoanib
Namibia doesn’t allow permanent camps, instead they grant land concessions for a number of years. So everything about Hoanib will be able to disappear without a trace to help conserve Namibia’s natural environment.
Visiting the Roaring Dunes was one of the highlights of my stay at Hoanib
While the tents may be temporary, the camp is still amazingly stylish and comfortable. The guest tents have a genius design. They are built on platforms elevated over the sand, which helps keep their interiors at a comfortable temperature both day and night.
The Hoanib Staff waits to greet you with cool towels and fresh lemonade
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is run with Wilderness Safari’s ethos and commitment to the 4Cs – Commerce, Conservation, Community and Culture. The staff is committed to contributing meaningfully to the wildlife and the people of Africa. The staff is great and this attitude makes you feel really good about spending money here.
Bella, the resident cat at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
General Manager Clement Lawrence and his team are all warm, personable, and take very good care of you. The service style is laid-back and unobtrusive. This is perfect for the modern luxury travelers who don’t want to feel like a Colonial with a staff fawning over you all the time.
The pool is perfect for cooling off on hot days in the Namib desert
Emms, our guide and tracker was incredible. He was friendly and warm and just plain fun to hang out with and have a chat. Fatima keeps things the ship running tight back at camp. There are only 10 tents, so the camp feels intimate.
Looking from the pool into the dining pavilion
Located in the private the Hoanib River Valley in the Private Palmwag Concession, the property is remote and way off the grid. It’s luxurious for sure, but you’re glamping.
The living room in the
There is no wifi, phone service, or television. With your days filled with game drives and wildlife walking through the camp serving as “Namibian television.” I did not miss being connected. That being said, we did pack our own satellite phone for emergencies.
Left: The main tent looks gorgeous against the desert landscape Right: Zulu baskets
Clement let me know I could send an email from the office if it was necessary.
Table in the dining tent facing the gorgeous rocky landscape
Left: the communal living room Right: The fresh lemonade was my personal favorite beverage
You’re not exactly roughing it here. The bathrooms were spacious, chic and had plenty of hot water heated by the solar panels that surround the camp.
I loved the modern safari chic vibe of Hoanib’s communal living room
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
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.