November 22nd, 2014
Written by Ka Sundance
November 14th, 2014
Written by Dorothy Shelton
This article and short video is about the healing power of Fruit and vegetables. The video starts by giving a quick introduction about our human body to explain the importance of fruit and vegetables. It then continues with looking at different fruit and vegetables and explaining their benefit, i.e. cruciferous vegetables, root vegetables, stalk vegetables and ripe fruit. This video is beautifully shot and contains tons of pictures to help explain each point very effectively.
My name’s Dorothy. I’m a qualified teacher, author, traveller, ‘nutrition nerd’, blogger, creator, knowledge seeker and dancer.
I love sharing knowledge and inspiring others to thrive and be happy.
November 12th, 2014
Written by Ka Sundance
In the big city
This is your Ka speaking to you right now from Singapore. We arrived 2 days ago. Though we normally always do our videos from beautiful islands or a tropical setting, we are in the city now. We love to go every two months or so to a big city setting with our kids to do some cultural activities, some sightseeing, and to enjoy some adventure and action!
We went to Kuala Lumpur to go to the zoo and now we are in Singapore. The kids wanted to see Legoland in Malaysia. IT WAS AWESOME ! We did this yesterday. I will soon do a travel video about our South East Asia adventures that we have been on for the last week or so since my birthday. Thanks so very much for the many nice birthday wishes!!
My straightforward answer about fake backgrounds
Today I wanted to answer a question that we have received quite often. Actually I feel almost honored that you assume I have the skills needed to do such things!!
But I wanted to clarify the question : Do we actually manipulate our videos on YouTube and photoshop the backgrounds? Guys, here is my straight forward answer. I have been making close to 1000 videos on all my channels and NOT one video has been fake!!!
ITS ALL REAL, MAN!!!!
I did buy a green screen, the new speakers have these, it goes behind you and you can later replace the background with anything. But I figured I would still have this green color around my head and it wouldn’t look nice. I didn’t know how to fix that, so I never used it on any of my videos.
All the tropical and beautiful locations you see are real. I think the question came up because you see me with all these backgrounds that are almost too beautiful to be true. They are! It’s all real, man!! I wanted to clarify this for all of you.
Little changes to our pictures
I do however make little changes to the video. I love to pinch the colors a little – to make them more colorful then they are. I do shoot with very raw settings because it’s easier to edit later. If you use really honest, raw material it’s easy to do small edits afterwards. I love to pinch the colors! If I shoot in the evening, I like to add a little brightness to the shot. BUT that is really all I do to my video shots.
Lately I have started to edit the audio to make it a little richer. I have a shotgun microphone and I put all the audio through Adobe audition to add some richness to the audio quality. But all the backgrounds you see are 100% real. I can’t help it, we just live in all these beautiful locations! – It’s real!!
100% REAL backgrounds & images
The images and the photos you see on Facebook and Instagram are also 100% real. Most of them are done with my smartphone. They can be manipulated just a little with a filter you could add. I always like to punch in some color, sometimes I play around with different filters or effects like sepia or color boost.
I never do any heavy photoshopping which is easy to do. If you could see some of the models they put on magazine covers – it’s ridiculous how different they look in real life! You can really change the whole person without being obvious because the techniques have come so far along. But I don’t do that. You will never see me taking whole background shots and fitting in new ones or adding layers. I don’t ever do this. I just pinch a little color or add in a filter. That’s all I do!
Announcing a new video
I also want to announce I will be doing another travel lifestyle video soon. This will be about our adventures here. Leaving our lonely island in the Gulf of Thailand and giving such great experiences to our kids and to ourselves as a family was incredible. It is so interesting and such a great adventure to travel and to go to big cities and feel so small. Especially in Malaysia where it is such a multicultural place. They have so many different ethnicities, cultures and religions here.
I love that so much! We feel so welcome and at home here. Usually everybody stares at us! When you live in Costa Rica and Central America and you have 5 blonde, blue eyed kids, you get stared at!! Here in Malaysia it isn’t like that – they have so many different backgrounds here, we feel like we blend by being so different. I like and appreciate that!
Anyway, that is my answer to this question for today.
Thanks so much for watching I will be back soon with another video. I’m saying goodbye from this beautiful place close to Singapore.
This is your Ka, love ya…….bye bye.