Friday, June 13, 2014

Portraits of refugee soccer team, World Refugee Day, 2014. Netherlands.



Plastic3: Corporate Energetic Background Music. Creative Commons.
This is volunteer project of BeekeeperStories.
For World Refugee Day, June 20th 2014 in cooperation with the Dutch Council for Refugees (VluchtelingenWerk Nederland), UNHCR, UAF and Kerk in Actie, (former) refugee soccer players are set to play a match against Dutch celebrities to generate attention for this special day and the plight of refugees around the world.

See www.vluchtelingenwerk.nl/wereldvluchtelingendag for more informatie (in Dutch).

The soccer players are from: Irak, Afghanistan, Soedan, Eritrea, Rwanda, Iran, and Burundi.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Good bye Africa.

My time in Tanzania is almost finished. It was an incredible adventure. I learned a lot about this land and it's people. I learned a lot about myself. Part of me will stay here. Working in Tanzania with NGO's gave me direction for my future projects. I am planning to continue to travel to different countries and work with local and international NGO's and other non-profit organizations. I hope my films and photography can help them with their hard and important work. 
Here is new blog for my work with non-profit organizations - http://videoforngo.blogspot.com

Just started new FB page for my photography and video for NGO's, charities and other non-profit organizations. Please come visit and help me to help others. Thanks, BKS.

https://www.facebook.com/ngovideo

Monday, March 31, 2014

SEW - NGO, Arusha, Tanzania. 2014. HD



SEW (Supporting + Empowering Women) - NGO employing HIV positive women in Arusha, Tanzania, Africa.
https://www.facebook.com/SEW.TANZANIA

Salzburg, Austria. Time lapse. 2014.




Music: Mozart, Sonata for piano # 11: Rondo Alla Turca: Allegretto. Licensed from Ramblefish.

Salzburg - Beautiful little city in Austria. Only had 2 days and January weather didn't help much. Just a short time lapse.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Michael's Journey: A True Story - From Crime and Addiction to a New Life in Africa

The true story of a man who found the courage and faith to change himself, "Michael's Journey" is both humbling and heartwarming. In this short film, Michael reflects on his life, taking viewers from multiple arrests and the bleakness of a prison cell in the United States, to his new home in a vibrant, challenging city in East Africa, where he has devoted himself to helping others.

"Michael's Journey" offers a glimpse of the indomitability of the human spirit, a testament to our ability to transform ourselves and to do good in the world.

In making this film, I developed a deep and abiding respect for Michael. I thank him and his wife Tracy for their enthusiasm and openness.

All shot with Canon t3i/600d, Tokina 11-16/2.8 and Canon lenses 24mm to 400mm, Flycam Nano, Glidetrack slider, Sony lavs, Sennheiser MKE 600, Tascam DR-60D.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Maasai Elders. Tanzania.


Had a unique opportunity of shooting portraits of Maasai Elders. These men have such incredible faces.
Happy Holidays!



Friday, November 15, 2013

Maasai children school - NGO Africa Amini Alama, Northern Tanzania.

This video is about Maasai school in Madebe area of Northern Tanzania.

NGO Africa Amini Alama is trying to help local children to have English language education. NGO needs our help to finance building of a school for Maasai children.

Disclosure: I was not paid for this video. I do not work for NGO Africa Amini Alama.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Maasai portraits. See more at https://www.facebook.com/beekeeperstories.travel

Portraits in Maasai land. Just returned after 3 days trip. Had incredible opportunity to work with Maasai people again. My deepest gratitude to Cornelia Wallner-Frisee (NGO Africa Amini Alama which runs incredible social project in Maasai area in Nothern Tanzania with orphanage, schools, hospital and more) for her assistance with arranging shoots and direct help on the ground. I could have not done it without her help.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Ngarenanyuki Market, Arusha area, nothern Tanzania, Africa.



New video from BeekeeperStories - typical village market in Tanzania, Africa. It's noisy, hectic and very busy.
All shot with Canon t3i/600d, Tokina 11-16/2.8 and Flycam Nano. Sound in camera and with Sennheiser shotgun mic +Tascam 60D.
My deepest gratitude to NGO Africa Amini Alama for their help with producing this video - http://africaaminialama.com

Monday, October 14, 2013

Documentary "The Inventor" Bernard Kiwia, Arusha, Tanzania, Africa.



Bernard is very talented person and inventor of many devices which can be used by people in Africa and beyond. He is a gentle, kind individual with a good heart. I am extremely grateful to him for his trust and hard work during the shooting of this film. BKS

All shot with Canon t3i/600D, Canon and Tokina lenses, Flycam, sound by Sony wifi lav and Sennheiser shotgun mic. Premiere Pro CS6. Color grading with Magic bullet looks.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania.



Video shot on the streets of Stone Town in Zanzibar, Tanzania. People were extremely nice and friendly. All shot with Canon t3i/600D with Tokina 11-16/2.8 on Flycam Nano.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Africa Amini Maasai Lodge, Ngabobo, Arusha area, Tanzania.

Just finished and uploaded to Youtube this video about Africa Amini Maasai lodge in Ngabobo in Arusha area, Tanzania. It was a paid job. I'm not promoting it in any way, not affiliated with it in any way. The cool thing about it that 100% of profits from it going back to Maasai community to support different programs including school, hospital and more.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Land of Masai, Tanzania.

Spent 3 days filming in Masai land between Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Some cool stuff during Masai wedding, inside Masai church, Elementary school and more. Will post videos soon. Here are a few stills. BKS.






Saturday, June 29, 2013

Serengeti, NP, Tanzania.

Had 3 days safari to Serengeti National Park. Amazing animals! Never seen so many lions in my life. Here are few pix. Film is coming soon. As always you can find more here https://www.facebook.com/beekeeperstories.travel











Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Failed zebra rescue. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.



This short video shows park rangers attempting to save a pregnant young zebra that was
stuck in a muddy water hole. Exhausted by her ordeal, the zebra was never able to get back on her feet.
Viewer discretion is advised.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Snorkeling in Zanzibar. Island Mnemba. Tanzania. GoPro Hero 2.




Music: Pretonica - Deep Pression. Creative Commons.

We traveled to Zanzibar for a few days. I thought to try to shoot short film about snorkeling trip with GoPro Hero 2 camera. I converted and color graded footage in GoPro CineForm Studio software, finished in Premiere Pro CS6.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Visit my Facebook page.

Dear friends, 

Thank you for visiting my blog. I will continue to post all new videos here, however, because of serious problems with Internet here in Tanzania and significant amount of time required for updates on different websites, majority of new photography as well as my old shots will be posted only on my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/beekeeperstories.travel

You don't need to be a member of Facebook community to view all my postings. Ignore "sign in" request and simply view content of my page. Thank you.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fashion designer Peace Malleni. Tanzania.



Music: Breezeless - Spinning around. Ceative Commons.
Beekeeperstories presents - Fashion designer Peace Malleni.



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fashion shoot in Arusha, Tanzania.



Fashion shoot on the streets of Arusha, Tanzania for upcoming film about local fashion designer.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania



Spent two days in Ngorongoro crater. Amazing place. Never seen so much wildlife. Will post more photos and video soon. Also don't forget to check https://www.facebook.com/beekeeperstories.travel

Friday, December 21, 2012

African music, singing and dancing during Christmas meeting in a church. Tanzania, Africa.




For several days I could hear music and singing outside my home in Arusha, Tanzania. When I decided to go see what was happening, I found a church --  K.L.P.T. (El-Shaddai). The pastor, Teshome Jarso, kindly allowed me to film during an Open Air Revival Meeting. There was amazing singing and dancing, as well as the religious ceremony. It was a stirring experience, and will gladden your heart.  Enjoy -- and Merry Christmas, wherever you are!   BKS

Thursday, December 20, 2012

New! Facebook business page.

Just opened new business page on Facebook. Please come visit. Check  "Like"  and you will receive updates of my new postings. There is large selection of photographs. You don't need to be a Facebook member to view that page.

https://www.facebook.com/beekeeperstories.travel

Sunday, November 25, 2012

"Africa in 60 sec." Tarangire Safari Lodge. Tarangire National Park. Tanzania, Africa. HD




Music: Stefano Mocini - Dance explosion. Creative Commons.

We stayed 2 nights at this lodge in the Tarangire National Park. This tent camp has incredible views. Wild animals walking around freely. Awesome! Just don't bring food to the tent.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wildlife photo slideshow. Tarangire National Park. Tanzania. HD


Music: Luis Zunel - Vanguard Extendida, Creative Commons

Watch in HD full screen.

We spent terrific 2 days driving around ourselves around Tarangire National Park in Northern Tanzania. Place is famous for large population of elephants, but there are so many other animals to see, wonderful landscapes with lots of Baobab trees. November considered off season, still we've seen so many animals so close. Beautiful place. Video is coming soon, don't forget to visit again. BKS

Sunday, November 4, 2012

"Africa in 60 sec." Shu'mata Camp. Tanzania




Music: Tafi Maradi - Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com

Stayed in this tent camp in Northern Tanzania for 2 days. The site and the camp are really special. Located on Masai land near Mount Kilimanjaro. Shu'mata in Masai language "Ma" means something like “above the clouds” or “heaven”.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

African wildlife. Mount Kilimanjaro area and Arusha National Park. Tanzania



Music: Kevin MacLeod 2012 - Digya.

Don't miss eagle attack on flamingos at the end of the film!

Masai land near Mount Kilimanjaro is a beautiful place were Masai people live side by side with wild animals. It is not a reserve, but since Masai don't hunt, animals moving around freely. Arusha National Park is not nearly as famous as many other parks in the north of Tanzania, but it can be a very pleasant surprise for it's visitors.



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"Africa in 60 sec." Meet Emmanuel Mushi. Arusha, Tanzania.




Another story about ordinary people in Africa. Emmanuel Mushi is Masai. He lives in a mud hut with his family. Works in the hotel as a doorman. He has a dream to build a home for his family and start a new business - safari company.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Africa in 60 sec." Peter's family. Arusha, Tanzania.


Peter Mafole was one of the first people we met after moving to Arusha, Tanzania.  He has a wonderful laugh and is steady, sensible, knowledgeable, and kind. He lives with his wife Jane and two sons, Johnson and Ian.  Peter works as a driver for hire, and Jane works in a small tailor's shop.  Peter's English is good, and he is extremely reliable. His mobile is 255-(0)754-499-367.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hatari lodge. Arusha National Park. Tanzania. "Africa in 60 sec."


Music: Mindthings - E-ID, Creative Commons.

Went on my first safari in Arusha National Park. Stayed overnight in Hatari Lodge, which is an amazing place.  A John Wayne film - Hatari (which means danger in Swahili) was filmed there. Next morning went for a game ride and saw giraffes, zebra, waterbuck, buffalo, bushbuck, dik dik, warthog, mongoose, and lesser and greater flamingoes. The acacia (giraffe's favorite food) are green; the little rainy season is starting.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Arusha, Tanzania. "Africa in 60 seconds." Baptism of little Ian.




I was invited to a Catholic church in Arusha, Tanzania for baptism of our friend's son Ian.
Canon t3i/600d, Tokina 11-16/2.8, Flycam nano.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Africa in 60 seconds." Artist Penda Mo. Arusha, Tanzania.

I moved to Africa – to Arusha, Tanzania – three weeks ago.  Searching the internet before the move,  I found a good selection of safari photos and a few videos, but virtually nothing about the  people of Tanzania.    In fact, there was nothing about how people who live here live – how they work, raise families, go to school, start businesses, send their kids to school, hope for and build a better life. 
Once here, I noticed that people in Arusha are extremely friendly, and  if you engage them in conversation, are open and positive – even if they often lack the comforts that other cultures have come to consider necessary for our happiness.
So I decided to work on short films that show the everyday life of ordinary people in Tanzania and other African countries.  Because many of us live in a fast-moving world where our attention span is measured in seconds, I decided to do shorts videos – “Africa in 60 seconds”.  The short time span is disciplining.  But the idea is to offer short personal stories, where the subjects of the videos can use their own words, whether in English or Swahili (with subtitles). 
I don’t have any special agenda, political or economic.  The goal is simple:   to give people here the opportunity to tell the rest of the world stories about their life, their feelings, their thoughts. It is a modest goal that will not change the world, but will hopefully offer a window on a fascinating place and its resilient people.
Music: Satya - A Night In Serengeti. Creative Commons.

This film is about artist Pendael Naftal Mollel (Penda Mo), born 1984 in Arusha Region, Tanzania.
E-mail: pendamol@yahoo.com
Mobile phone: +255786079202

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Queen Mary 2 - Transatlantic voyage. Absolutely unofficial guide HD. July 2012.

Music: JCRZ - Runaway, Creative Commons
Sounder - Endless Space, Beyond Reach or Not, Creative Commons

 In July 2012, we embarked on the Queen Mary 2 for a 7-day voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City. I am not a cruise-ship kind of guy, and get restless very quickly. However, the Queen Mary 2 is a marvel of human engineering and design, and it was a fascinating trip.

 In this short film I tried to show most of the places on the ship where passengers can spend their time. When you see places without people, it's because I shot them very early or late, when most of my fellow passengers were sleeping or busy doing something else.

 I don't have any affiliations with the Cunard company, and didn't have any special access (I would love to visit the engine room!) This was a personal project, done to entertain myself during the crossing.

 P.S. Sorry for the late upload. I moved to Tanzania. It took time to have my equipment up and running. Subscribe! Don't miss new videos about Africa!

 Video was shot with Canon t3i/600D with Tokina 11-16/2.8. Majority was done handheld with Flycam nano camera stabilizer, Gorillapod and tripod. Manual exposure with 100ASA and 1600ASA settings.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Restaurant Bodega de Posthoorn, The Hague, Netherlands. 1080 HD.




Music by The Flanger Sound -"On my old Ford of 1939". Creative Commons.


Disclosure:  This was not a commercial project. I did not receive any pay, nor did I get free food. I did, however, get lots of free cappuccinos, which made for some very caffeinated filming sessions.

   Acknowledgments:  My deepest gratitude to Michael Meeuwisse -- owner of the Bodega de Posthoorn -- who not only kindly allowed me to film his restaurant, but took an unjustified risk by participating in my film.


Right in the heart of The Hague, on the graceful tree-lined Lange Voorhout, is the Bodega de Posthoorn.   A cozy cafe-restaurant, you can stop in for a beer, a coffee, some delicious Dutch pea soup, or a full meal.  You always feel welcome. When you walk in the door, you feel like you have stepped in to someone's home -- or back into a better and more generous time.  The Bodega's site is unbeatable:  From its terrace under the canopy of trees, you can gaze across the street to the swan-filled lake in front of the stately Parliament, or across the square at an elegant line of historic mansions -- one of which was the Queen's palace, and is now a remarkable museum devoted to the brain-teasing art of M.C. Escher.  The Bodega is a singular place -- come take a look.






Sunday, June 17, 2012

Scheveningen Beach, The Hague. Holland, Netherlands. Time lapse HD.



Yeppee, sunny day at last!!!!!!!!!!
Scheveningen is a famous beach resort in Holland, Nethelands.
Music by Akashic Records - Old Movie Ragtime Piano. Creative Commons.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France. 2012. HD.




A day in a park - a Parisian park - is filled with life's best pleasures. Sailboats, some chess, lunch on a bench, a lounge in the sun, a pair of artists sketching, a dead serious game of petanque. Come see. Come stroll. You'll smile.
Music by Reman - "Longtime". Creative Commons.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Clingendael park in The Hague, Holland, Netherlands.



Beautiful Clingendael park in The Hague, Holland, Netherlands.

Music by A. Fedorov - "Lake". Creative Commons.

Tech info:
Just got Flycam Nano DSLR a couple of days ago. Still learning how to use it, but getting better. Also I made a few mods like bigger handle and more. All shot with Canon T3i and Tokina 11-16/2.8 on manual at 400ASA. After one hour of shooting feels like I had a workout in a gym, shooting with camera stabilizer is not easy. Moving camera around is a lot of fun and very liberating, but goes against every instinct in my body after more than 30 years in photography.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bridges of Paris. River Seine boat trip. France. May 2012




Boat trip in Paris.
Music: "Givers" by Lucky Dragons http://hawksandsparrows.org
Creative Commons license.
Time lapse photography. Canon 5D, 17-40/4L lens.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Paris, Bridge of Arts. Pont des Arts. France. May 2012.




Pont des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the Seine River between Institut de France and Musée du Louvre. New tradition - lovers attach love padlocks with messages of love.
Music by Kari Mahdendal - "Marioora", Creative Commons
I shot this film over 3 nights in Paris. Camera - Canon t3i; lens - 24/1.4L; ISO from 400 to 1600.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Queen's Day Party, Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 30, 2012







Every year on April 30, the Dutch go WILD, it is Queen's Day - a celebration of queen's official birthday - and the whole country celebrates. They wear the national color (orange) and party without pause. It makes for a wonderful day.

Music: Sam Santana - Cadriane Magical City, Creative Commons


It was great! I was shooting 6 hours nonstop. People were great, everybody was in terrific mood. Weather was perfect.
All shot with Canon t3i and 24-105/4L lens, handheld only, streets were packed.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tulip fields in Holland, Netherlands. April 2012.



It took a few days of shooting with lots of delays thanks to rainy and cold weather, but it is finally here. I hope you like it. Dutch tulips for our memories of Holland.

Canon t3i, lenses: 17-40/4L; 24-105/4L; 70-200/2.8L; 75-300/4-5.6; tripod




Wednesday, April 18, 2012



The Hague ( Den Haag ), Netherlands is the home of the Dutch government and Royal Family. 
This was shot in Holland with Canon G9 in time lapse. PowerDirector 10 ultra for edit.