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Nairobi Sunrise

Nairobi Sunrise

I shot these several weeks ago on a #ShootingKenya expedition which saw us catching the sunrise in Nairobi and chasing the sunset in Magadi.

We were almost twenty photographers shooting the sunrise this morning and the amazing thing is that we all got different shots of the same spectacle.

I was one of the last ones to get to the view point at Uhuru Park and found many had already caught the first kisses of sunshine over Nairobi, leaving me with the tail end of what was a rare and magnificent couple of seconds.

Here’s three of my favourite.

Canon 60D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/125sec at f/10, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 65mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/14, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 21mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/250sec at f/22, ISO 125

Kinare Forest

Kinare Forest

Kinare – or Kinale – Forest is located on the A104 just past Kijabe on your way to Naivasha.

It’s been a stop over on two #ShootingKenya episodes from where we’ve attempted to shoot the sunrise with mixed results.

Canon 40D. 70mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/80sec at f/3.2, ISO 200

Canon 40D. 70mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/80sec at f/3.2, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/125sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

Canon 40D. 70mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/160sec at f/4.0, ISO 250

Canon 40D. 70mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/500sec at f/5.6, ISO 250

By @jaydabliu Canon 60D. 47mm (EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS) 1/500sec at f/5.6, ISO 1250

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 0.3sec at f/4.0, ISO 100

#ShootingKenya Thika

#ShootingKenya Thika

Procrastination got the better of me on this one. I shot these way back on 23rd July 2012 on a #ShootingKenya expedition to Thika, Central Kenya. The day started quite eventfully with us being ‘arrested’ by some security guard at a fuel station on Mombasa Road for attempting to mount a GoPro in one of our cars. The super paranoid dude thought we wanted to rob the ATM he was guarding. Then at Blue Posts Hotel, the guides on duty wanted us to pay Kshs25,000/- to shoot at Thika and Chania Falls which are best accessed through their establishment. Luckily, the sensible manager intervened and we paid the usual Kshs200/- per person for nature walks. Arriving at Fourteen Falls just before sunset felt like we’d saved the best for last. Despite the stench from the sewer-soaked water and having to cross the river on a rickety leaking stick of a boat, it was quite scenic and fun. Search Twitter and Instagram for #ShootingKenya to keep up to date with our regular showcase of our beautiful country.

Canon 7D. 25mm (EF 17-40mm f/4.L USM) 1/4sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 285mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/350sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/6sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 45mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/125sec at f/4.0, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm (Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8) 0.5sec at f/22, ISO 100

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Shooting with the Nokia 808 PureView

Mini vs Mini.

Shooting with the Nokia 808 PureView

At 41-megapixels, the Nokia 808 PureView has a pixel count that leaves even pro D-SLRs in the dust. Here’s a quick intro to the phone.

Basically, the 41-megapixels are useful when zooming into your subject. With the 808 PureView, there is virtually no loss in photo detail when you zoom in.

When Nokia asked me to test drive it, I wasn’t excited, mostly because image processors are more important than pixel count when shopping for a good camera. It was a while before I un-boxed and started using it. I first took these two shots at a place I spend most of my awake hours. They are inspired by Allan Gichigi who will be making a short film using the 808 PureView.

Mini vs Mini.

Mini vs Mini.

Mini vs Mini.

Mini vs Mini.

The 808 PureView’s macro abilities are good. It gives good bokeh all the time.

On a #ShootingKenya trip to Thego in Central Kenya, I used the 808 PureView to shoot river Thego and my drying shoes after an unexpected swim.

Thego River.

Thego River.

Boot drying time.

This was the first video I shot. It isn’t edited at all but uploaded as shot by the 808 PureView. The sliding tutorial is by Joe Were and he offered it in Nyeri when we were shooting Kagumo Falls.

On another #ShootingKenya trip, this time to Magadi via Ngong, I used the 808 PureView as my main camera. I had shot with it several times between the two trips and now knew its capabilities and limitations.

Ngong Hills Wind Farm.

Ngong Onions.

Bicycle.

Olepolos Fence.

After returning from Magadi, I went for a jog in Karura Forest. It was my first time here and needed to take memories with me. Great thing about having the 808 PureView is I didn’t have to slug my D-SLR across my shoulders to take photos as I kept fit.

Karura Forest moss.

I did not carry my tripod for the jog either so for the next shots, I had to place the 808 PureView on stones to avoid shake at the slow shutter speeds.

Karura River.

Karura Falls.

Finally, I was invited to cover an event at the National Museum and decided to carry my 808 PureView along. Having it challenged me to shoot interesting things at the venue that weren’t in my client’s brief.

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Sunset at the National Museum.

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No need for a caption here.

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Glass sculpture at National Museum.

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Cocktails.

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Cocktails in colour.

I was impressed by its performance in low light conditions. My verdict: the Nokia 808 PureView has a great camera. And just like any camera, once you know how to use it, you will be taking very good shots with it.

#ShootingKenya Nyeri

Canon 60D. 70mm, 1/2500sec at f/3.2, ISO 100

#ShootingKenya Nyeri

Several weeks ago, together with other photographers, I started taking Monday photographic trips to different parts of Kenya in what is tagged #oneTOUCHLive and #ShootingKenya on Twitter. This past weekend, we were in Central Kenya.

Our first location was Kagumo Falls in Nyeri County. These falls are quite hidden in Tetu Constituency and we wouldn’t have found them if it wasn’t for Charles our guide.

Second was Thego, a place none but one of us had been. It is a fishing camp located off the A2 after turning right at Chaka. Again, Charles gave us a guided tour of the pristine surroundings.

We then took the scenic route back to Nairobi by looping Mt Kenya and shot some wheat fields in Timau.

After taking in the sights towards Isiolo, we think this will be our next destination.

Canon 7D. 17mm, 0.5sec at f/10, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm, 0.5sec at f/10, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 145mm, 1/8000sec at f/4.0, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 145mm, 1/8000sec at f/4.0, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 200mm, 1/3200sec at f/3.2, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 200mm, 1/3200sec at f/3.2, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 70mm, 1/2500sec at f/3.2, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 70mm, 1/2500sec at f/3.2, ISO 100

Elementaita Sunset

Elementaita Sunset

Located between Lakes Naivasha and Nakuru, Lake Elementaita was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and made a National Park.

It also has some of the most beautiful sunsets in Kenya.

I was there early July and reminded of this fact.

Canon 7D. 105mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/4.0, ISO 250

Meet DJ Sparrxx

Meet DJ Sparrxx

DJ Sparrxx and I met in July 2007 when doing Mizizi. We were teamed up as prayer partners and we’ve had a high-impact Kingdom friendship ever since.

Sparrxx asked me to shoot his profile pics and I agreed. He wanted something different though. It didn’t take long for us to decide to shoot in a setting that borrowed from his name. We found the perfect location a couple of minutes from his place. We spoke to Oti who works there and agreed to return later in the week.

Come shoot day and Kenya Power had done their thing. We wanted to have sparks flying from the grinder but… Anyway, the shoot went on.

I had fun shooting DJ Sparrxx because he’s easy to direct and pushed my creativity to the next level.

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/250sec at f/7.1, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/320sec at f/7.1, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/320sec at f/7.1, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 23mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/200sec at f/7.1, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/160sec at f/8.0, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/200sec at f/7.1, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/200sec at f/7.1, ISO 200

Kenya’s World Beaters

Kenya’s World Beaters

Being at Kenya’s Olympic trials felt like being in London for the Olympics. The athletes I got to see up close are the very same who will show the world how to run, hog the podium and with medals dangling on their necks, make sure the Kenyan anthem is played over and over again. These are Kenya’s greatest exports.

Big kudos to Athletics Kenya who didn’t charge a cent to anyone coming to watch our heroes, and for their organisational excellence that showed in the races starting on time and officials handing printed results to members of the press shortly after each race. My man of the day was Kibunja, a patriotic Kenyan who run alongside the 5,000m runners to show his support. He was lapped several times but received some of the loudest cheers when he crossed the finish line.

Many thanks to Kiania who told me about the trials and to Fady who lent me his Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8.

Canon 7D. 70mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/2000sec at f/4.0, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 12mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 1/640sec at f/9.0, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 12mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 1/640sec at f/9.0, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 13mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 1/640sec at f/9.0, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 11mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 1/800sec at f/9.0, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 12mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 1/640sec at f/9.0, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 11mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 1/500sec at f/9.0, ISO 200

Canon 40D. 145mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/1000sec at f/3.5, ISO 160

Canon 40D. 16mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 1/1000sec at f/3.5, ISO 160

Nairobi Streaks

Nairobi Streaks

A couple of months ago, I joined Mutua Matheka and Jude Xavier on KICC’s helipad for some night time shots of Nairobi.

It was quite chilly and windy and I didn’t have a sturdy tripod.

I setup for one of the shots, set the timer and as the camera started capturing the exposure, I ran away to shelter from the cold. I returned to the camera after sometime to find the camera tilted at 90 degrees from where I’d left it, but still on the tripod.

This is the resulting shot. Truly a happy accident.

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 30sec at f/13, ISO 100

Kenya vs Malawi

Kenya vs Malawi

This was the first time I was going to Kasarani after it was closed for refurbishment in 2010.

The date was June 2nd and Kenya were hosting Malawi in a first-leg World Cup qualifier. The security was the tightest I’ve seen at any venue, even where the president is present. It didn’t ruin the atmosphere though.

The Malawians had the upper hand during the first half with the Kenyans taking control of the second. The game ended in a goalless draw to the disappointment of the home crowd.

Canon 7D. 120mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/4.5, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 250mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/3200sec at f/5.0, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2500sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 320mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/3200sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/320sec at f/4.0, ISO 160

Canon 7D. 180mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/5.0, ISO 800

Birds of the Safari Rally

Birds of the Safari Rally

I spotted these birds at the just concluded KCB Safari Rally. I arrived at the Parane Spectator Stage quite early and was taking a walk around, looking for places to position myself as the cars came by when I saw these lovlies. I have no clue what breed they are, but I know they aren’t chicken. If you know what they are, please educate me.

Thanks.

UPDATE

These are bee-eaters, Merops pusillus. Thanks Jake Grieves-Cook!

Canon 60D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/6.3, ISO 320

2012 KCB Safari Rally

2012 KCB Safari Rally

After missing the 2012 Rhino Charge because of family commitments, I wasn’t going to miss this year’s Safari. My first motorsports event for the year brings back many memories.

There were some scary moments for me on Saturday: I’d positioned myself at a culvert to take shots of the cars catching air as they sped past. As each car came hurtling down towards me, caution made my right leg scamper off into the bushes while my left leg stayed put, shaking in fear, until the brutal, grunting rally car flew past, a few inches from my lens.

Here’s some of the shots I captured. You can find many more on KWELI Magazine’s page.

Canon 60D. 17mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Canon 7D. 98mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/80sec at f/20, ISO 200

Canon 60D. 100mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/100sec at f/25, ISO 200

Canon 60D. 250mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1600sec at f/5.6, ISO 320

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/6.3, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/7.1, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 40mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1250sec at f/6.3, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/6.3, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/6.3, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/2500sec at f/6.3, ISO 400

Rift Valley Birds

Rift Valley Birds

Kenya’s been blessed with amazingly beautiful birds. There’s over 1,100 different species within our borders, not including the Kenchic variety.

Here are some of the ones I spotted on a tour of Lakes Naivasha, Nakuru, Baringo and Bogoria in April 2012.

Canon 60D. 275mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 320

Canon 60D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/5.6, ISO 320

Canon 60D. 100mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/5000sec at f/4.5, ISO 320

Canon 60D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 390mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/400sec at f/7.1, ISO 320

Canon 60D. 190mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/200sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 120mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/7.1, ISO 200

Canon 60D. 320mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2500sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

Canon 60D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/6.3, ISO 500

Canon 60D. 320mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/7.1, ISO 400

Lake Nakuru Zebras

Lake Nakuru Zebras

Nothing really special about today’s post.

Apart from the fact that one of the zebras we saw while at Lake Nakuru had spots on its stripes.

Gives the phrase ‘I spotted a zebra’ a whole new meaning.

Canon 60D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/7.1, ISO 250

Canon 60D. 380mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/8.0, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 310mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/400sec at f/8.0, ISO 250

Canon 60D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/5.6, ISO 250

Canon 60D. 200mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1250sec at f/8.0, ISO 800

Groove Awards 2012

Groove Awards 2012

Much respect to the Mo Sound crew for putting together another great event. I can’t wait for Groove to go Africa-wide with the accolades being sought after like Stellars and Doves. And salutations to all the nominees and this year’s winners. It is because of you Kenyan music is flying high on the continent. May the Almighty God increase your influence. And as DK Krowbar said, ‘We are just vessels.’

Shooting at Nairobi Baptist was a challenge initially because front stage was too low. Shooting from there would have given me a worm’s eye view. I found a spot on the right side of the auditorium and shot mostly from there, away from the crowded centre aisle.

Here’s a selection of the photos I took, with a special bias to Juliani. My Canons loved watching him on stage.

Canon 7D. 180mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/3.5, ISO 1600

Canon 7D. 200mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/3.2, ISO 1000

Canon 7D. 70mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/100sec at f/3.2, ISO 800

Canon 7D. 93mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/3.2, ISO 800

Canon 7D. 130mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/3.2, ISO 800

Canon 60D. 29mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/50sec at f/4.0, ISO 1250

Canon 7D. 93mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/125sec at f/3.2, ISO 1600

Canon 60D. 40mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/50sec at f/4.0, ISO 1250

 

 

Lake Bogoria Dust Storm

Lake Bogoria Dust Storm

Lake Bogoria is hot! And its not just because of the hot springs. Here, the sun is served as dry fry.

Despite heavenly showers 20km north at Lake Baringo where we were camped during #TourDeRift, we encountered a choking dust storm on our visit to Lake Bogoria. Maybe the sun had fast-dried the previous night’s rain, leaving the bare brown soil at the mercies of the howling wind. Standing boldly and braving the storm was this lonely tree, resilient and unshaken, having survived countless dust storms before.

It was the first time I was in a dust storm. Unlike the tree, I quickly retaliated into the protection of our Landrover Defender which lived up to its name.

Canon 60D. 100mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/7.1, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 33mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/500sec at f/13, ISO 320

 

 

 

Lake Nakuru Egret

Lake Nakuru Egret

Lake Nakuru is a great place to watch wildlife. From lions to buffaloes, flamingoes to giraffe, Lake Nakuru has it all. The lions can be elusive though, just like in my trip there in April 2012.

The birds on the other hand aren’t shy. I spotted so many, most of which I don’t know by name. I need to learn their names, and soon.

A good spotting was this egret which I got to snap as it took off from the shores of Lake Nakuru.

Canon 60D. 365mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/7.1, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 365mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/7.1, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 365mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/7.1, ISO 400

Lake Naivasha Kingfisher

Lake Naivasha Kingfisher

I took a break from normal work last week and accompanied Team Inflatables on a cycling expedition that took them from Nairobi to Iten via Naivasha, Nakuru and Baringo. I was providing support and taking photos, not cycling.

While in Naivasha, I got to photograph this Kingfisher doing what it does best, and it got me super excited. I ended up taking many more photos of birds of the Rift Valley which I’ll share in another post later this week.

Enjoy this one while the others are cooking.

Canon 60D. 275mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 320

Take 5: Groove Awards

Take 5: Groove Awards

The annual Groove Awards hold a special place in my heart for three reasons.

Firstly, no other event held in Kenya has such a professional level of organisation and coordination – hands down. This I believe is because of the prayerful team at Mo Sound. Guys, I can’t wait for Groove to go Africa-wide!

Secondly, while taking photos at the 2009 Groove Awards, a special anointing – I believe from the Holy Spirit – came upon me and I haven’t shot the same ever since. Shooting at Groove for me is like a return to where serious concert photography started for me. A time to reflect at how far God has brought me and meditate on the territories yet to be conquered.

Thirdly, while shooting the 2010 edition for KWELi, we shot and uploaded photos to the Facebook page as the awards went on – this had never been done before! We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the result of great team work.

As we look forward to this year’s ceremony, here’s five of my favourite Groove Awards shots.

Canon 40D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/800sec at f/2.8, ISO 1250

Canon 40D. 98mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/640sec at f/2.8, ISO 1250

 

Canon 7D. 84mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/200sec at f/4.0, ISO 1250

Canon 40D. 78mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/1000sec at f/2.8, ISO 1600

Canon 7D. 105mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/250sec at f/3.5, ISO 1250

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