The video-sharing craze has left me behind. When someone shares a YouTube video on Facebook
or Google+, I scroll down to the comments to try to find out what it’s about. I was slow to embrace  Vine, finally giving in and opening
an account because I thought that as someone who touts herself as somewhat of a
social media enthusiast, I should. But my heart wasn’t in it. Even less so when
I realized I couldn’t import video that I’d previously shot. Really?

By the
time I’ve fiddled and opened the Vine app in order to shot a 6 second video, the
moment has passed.

Fast-forward a few months later to Instagram
introducing a video-sharing function
. I was initially unfazed by this new
addition, content to continue posting photos, occasionally using filters or
text when the mood strikes. 

However, a trip to Iceland a few weeks ago changed
that. While visiting the famous Strokkur Geysir, I took a few pictures as it
shot boiling water 65 feet in the air, which I wanted to post on Instagram. But
looking at the picture was like looking at a big, white blob. I wished I could
show people what I was seeing, then it dawned on me that with the Instagram
video function I could.

I shot a few other Instagram videos on that
Iceland trip, my favorite being the one of the Seljalandfoss waterfall because
when I showed it to Miss V she exclaimed, “that video is such great quality” –
she being a cinemagraphic expert and all.
While I must admit to enjoying video a bit more
these days, I use them sparingly. I did, however, post quite a few when I
attended the North Sea Jazz Festival recently. 


Little snippets of some of the
artists performing were more effective that blurry pictures of a non-distinct
performer from the back of the concert hall.

What do you think of Instagram video? Do you use
the video function to share your travels?



This post is part of an Instagram travel round up hosted by Skimbaco Lifestyle
*Photo credit Essentialhommemag.com