Oct 16, 2017

Meet Andy - Our Adopted Dog From The SPCA

On the 11th of March 2017, we adopted Shilo from the SPCA at a guestimated 6 months old. Shilo being roughly 6 months old when we met him had spent half his life at the SPCA animal shelter. He was labeled a wirehair terrier cross. Some vets think he's mixed with a white shepherd and I'd say his temperament matches. Shilo was renamed Andy and is now an integral part of our family.

This video is to document his growth from adoption to the even more adored 1 year old Andy.

We really respect all the hard work the SPCA, and all other dog rescue non-profits do for beautiful dogs and animals without a home. Welcome to our lives Andy, part 2 in the making...

Oct 6, 2017

Cruise From China Around Japan - Royal Caribbean

We boarded a cruise from Shanghai, China. Sailed the next 6 days on a remarkable experience around the south west coast of Japan to Sakaiminato, Fakoaka and Kumamoto on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas. A technologically unique cruise ship with the world's highest view point at sea, skydiving and robotic barmen. After the cruise we spent one night in central Shanghai.

Checkout my other amateur cruise video:
Vision of the Seas - Italy, Greece: https://youtu.be/wS-X8sAPXHM

Apr 25, 2017

Crystal Pools Hike - Steenbras River Gorge

The Crystal Pools hike up the Steenbras River Gorge is an extremely enjoyable hiking trail, suitable for all fitness levels. The mountain pools and cliff jumps along the hike make for an awesome resting or picnic spot and the scenic views are amazing. Crystal pools hiking trail entrance is situated about 6 kms past Gordons Bay along the R44, here is a map of the starting point: https://goo.gl/maps/ttXqT6GyXgN2

Permits are required to enter the trails and they are checked at the entrance gate. The trails are closed from May to the end of October due to winter flooding. You can arrange permits by emailing: steenbras.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za

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Feb 12, 2017

Snow Skiing in France

I was extremely fortunate to be invited to snow ski in France in January 2017. I stayed at Chalet Hotel La Foret in Peisey Vallandry with my father and friends at a ski-in, ski-out resort (right on a slop), which was awesome as there was no need to travel to and from the hotel to ski lifts each day. Paradiski has over 425 km's of slopes between Les Arcs, Peisey Vallandry and La Plagne and an extensive network of ski lifts and gondolas which makes getting between valleys a breeze.

The trip was absolutely amazing, sub zero degree temperatures and all. We had good snowfall just before we arrived so the pistes were perfect. I took the GoPro with and managed to rack up over 70 gigs of footage, which was a lot to sift through, so I ended up creating two videos, a summary video (above) and a slightly longer one (below) which has more skiing action on the slopes.

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Jan 6, 2017

Misverstand Dam Year-End Holiday @ Club Elani

I've been going to Misverstand Dam since I was 7 years old, "paradise close to Cape Town for outdoor and water-sport enthusiasts", as my pops describes it. Our caravan and boat live at Misverstand and we usually camp right next to the water and jetty. I was only there for 3 nights this past December and it was the first time taking my GoPro. Loads of mounting options seen for future.

Misverstand Dam is located off the N7, just past Moorreesburg heading away from Cape Town.

Oct 16, 2016

Meerendal MTB Trails

This is my forth mountain biking video made in the Tygerberg area and includes drone footage from my friend Stefan, who got some really cool aerial footage. The trails and flora are particularly awesome this time of year, I'm glad I waited to make the video until now. Whether you like relaxed single trail or fast downhill riding, Meerendal has it all, including a pump-track.

My Other MTB Videos:

Oct 13, 2016

Danny MacAskill's Latest Video - Wee Day Out

He has done it again folks! This time on a dual suspension bike with new tricks. Danny MacAskill just released, "Wee Day Out" and it is another great video from the Red Bull trials biking legend. The things this man does on a bicycle is just incredible, even if they take 300 attempts.

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Oct 12, 2016

Mad Mike Drifts Franschhoek Pass at 248km/h

Anything action sports and I'm interested. Anything local action sports and I'm even more interested. I've been following the build up of the release of kiwi drift driver Mad Mike's #ConquerTheCape video since the teaser was released a couple of weeks ago. Finally it is here. Enjoy watching him drift the Franschhoek pass in his 515bhp Mazda RX8. Full story here.

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Sep 27, 2016

My Time-Lapse Compilation Video in HD

I've captured many time-lapse videos on my GoPro Hero 4 since buying it earlier this year and have become a bit obsessed with time-lapse videos. I've experimented a lot with the several settings in search of the best way to capture and edit these files in a manageable way without having the fastest computer at hand. Although the GoPro Hero 4 Silver comes with both image and video time-lapse options available, I found multiple images at a short interval vs recorded video works better and still produces smooth time-lapses. I really enjoyed learning how to use keyframes to add a panning or zooming effect and I mounted the camera to a kitchen timer for a 180/270 degree time-lapse pan.

Storing all my time-lapse videos over the last few months to finally compile them in this one video. They are filmed mostly around Cape Town, but also include a recent holiday on a cruise ship sailing around the Mediterranean Sea aboard Vision on the Seas, as well as two days spent in Venice.

Below are a few examples of the locations you can expect to see in the video:

Table Mountain
Acropolis in Athens
Lanseria Airport
A Busy Intersection in JHB
Leaving Venice on the Cruise Ship
Rialto Bridge - Venice
V&A Waterfront

I hope to improve (perhaps with a proper DSLR camera) and one day get the mandatory shot of clouds filling Cape Town CBD below Table Mountain or wrapping around Lions Head.

Let me know which one was your favorite in the comments below or on YouTube please.

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Sep 18, 2016

Vision of the Seas - Our Royal Caribbean Cruise

We boarded Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas in Venice for a 7 night cruise around Greece. Vision of the Seas and the Royal Caribbean vibe was as fantastic as our previous holiday and the destinations on this cruise were incredible.

Here is where we went:

Kotor – very scenic port arrival. Strolled the town and walked around the old city.

Corfu – walked around the old city and swam near the yacht club below the old city.

Athens – took a Royal Caribbean shore excursion which included the Acropolis and Plaka. Worth doing a tour here.

Mykonos - hired a scooter for 20 Euros and explored the beautiful island and its beaches. It's a small island, so you can cover a lot in a day. A definite highlight of the cruise.

Argostoli - our last stop, situated on the island of Kefalonia. The Royal Caribbean tour is recommended as the island is large involving lots of travel time to the sights. The Melissani Cave is amazing, floating on bright blue water.

Venice - the start and end of our Royal Caribbean, Vision of the Seas cruise, but we were lucky enough to spend 2 days in Venice afterwards. We walked about 45kms in those 2 days. St Mark's Square, Bridge of Sighs, Riolto Bridge and other sights are great, but almost every corner in Venice is photo worthy. A Gondola ride is expensive, but it was great to have been in one. Overall Venice has so much charm.