Clouds and sand in the Hoanib River Valley, Namibia
It’s April and spring is in the air. That often means rain and cloudy skies. As a photographer, I much prefer a little dramatic cloud action to bright blue skies. Here are some of my favorite recent images to show why clouds can be a good thing. Namibia has the best clouds I’ve ever met. They add drama and softness to the often beautifully desolate landscape.
Cloud reflections on the River Derwent
I recently visited Tasmania for the first time. The landscape reminded me a bit of Scotland, only the Southern Hemisphere’s version.
#shotoniPhone6 unset panorama of the River Derwent
The island had some gorgeous wispy clouds. This made it fun photograph landscape on the River Derwent at sunset. I liked framing the scene both vertically and shooting in panorama mode on my iPhone 6.
Dramatic sunrise in Sydney
Clouds make all the difference when photographing sunrise and sunset. They are nature’s own filter, changing the color and mood of the magic hour. I liked the way their texture complemented Sydney Harbour when I took this shot of the Sydney Opera House at sunrise.
Blue hour clouds over the Olympics in Seattle
Seattle has too many gray days for my taste. But when the cloud cover is just right it can make for some fantastic colors during blue hour after sunset. I thought the Olympics looked particularly stunning bathed in pastel light this week.
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.
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.
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.
The carousel on Piazza della Republicca glows with lights at night
No biggie– just a bulldog rocking a Gucci leash
Piazza della Signoria on a beautiful summer night
Florence might not be home to the Vatican, but a religious parade of chanting priests and nuns did happen outside my window while I was watching the England vs. Chile match. Here’s a short video I shot on my iPhone 5s using the Cinamatic app.