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Good Night Nairobi, Pt 2

Canon 7D. 17mm, 30.0sec, at f/16, ISO 100

Good Night Nairobi, Pt 2

Last Tuesday evening, I hooked up with Steve Kitots and Mutua Matheka on a hurriedly-put-together shoot of Nairobi from street level.

Steve and I scouted for a good spot where we could position ourself and we picked the junction of Koinange Street and Kenyatta Avenue and were joined by Mutua just as we set up.

We spent about 30 minutes shooting as buses and other fast-moving traffic whizzed past us.

As we packed up, we spotted KICC lit up for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Centenary Celebrations and shot that as well.

We high-fived each other, went to our different homes and let Nairobi sleep in peace.

Canon 7D. 17mm, 10.0sec, at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm, 10.0sec, at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm, 15.0sec, at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm, 15.0sec, at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm, 30.0sec, at f/16, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm, 30.0sec, at f/16, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 19mm, 30.0sec, at f/18, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 19mm, 30.0sec, at f/18, ISO 200

Mt Kenya Sunrise

Canon 7D. 190mm. 1/5000sec at f/5.0, ISO 500

Mt Kenya Sunrise

I spent four years schooling on the slopes of Mt Kenya and I can’t recall mustering the courage to brave the morning chill to get a glimpse of the sunrise over Kenya’s highest mountain. The blankets were either too heavy or a certain magnetic force always pinned me down to my bed around sunrise.

Apart from the morning chill, there is cloud cover to contend with when attempting to shoot a sunrise over Kirinyaga. Lenana and Batian are very shy, spending most of their times hiding behind a thick blanket of clouds.

But two weeks ago, God smiled upon me and I was finally able to capture two sunrises – back to back – while staying at Serena Sweetwaters in Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

 

Canon 7D. 190mm. 1/5000sec at f/5.0, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 190mm. 1/5000sec at f/5.0, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 24mm, 0.25sec at f/20, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 24mm, 0.25sec at f/20, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 24mm, 1/50sec at f/8.0, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 24mm, 1/50sec at f/8.0, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 300mm, 1/1250sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 300mm, 1/1250sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 365mm, 1/320sec at f/14, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 365mm, 1/320sec at f/14, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 24mm, 1/1000sec at f/4.0, ISO 160

Canon 7D. 24mm, 1/1000sec at f/4.0, ISO 160

Ol Pejeta Elephants

Canon 7D. 260mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Ol Pejeta Elephants

My fascination with elephants continues this week after an encounter with several while at Ol Pejeta Conservancy last week.

Elephants here are many in number and were easy to spot as they enjoyed the lush vegetation from the ongoing rains.

The first and last shots below were taken at the watering hole at Serena Sweetwaters.

On one of the nights, we had lions visiting the watering hole. Elephants were the only animals brave enough to stand their ground as impala, waterbucks, warthogs, zebras and gazelles avoided being dinner by hiding far, far away, only to return the next morning when the coast was clear.

Canon 7D. 50mm (EF 50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/50sec at f/1.8, ISO 3200

Canon 7D. 50mm (EF 50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/50sec at f/1.8, ISO 3200

Canon 7D. 365mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 365mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 200mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 200mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 160mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 160mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 260mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 260mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 60D. 28mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/125sec at f/13, ISO 125

Canon 60D. 28mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/125sec at f/13, ISO 125

Canon 60D. 67mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 2.0sec at f/4.0, ISO 640

Canon 60D. 67mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 2.0sec at f/4.0, ISO 640and last

 

 

 

Ol Pejeta Chimps

Canon 7D. 310mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1600sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Ol Pejeta Chimps

I had the rare privilege last week of visiting a Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Ol Pejeta Sanctuary. It is one of the few places where you can see chimpanzees in the wild in Kenya, and appreciate how human-like they are. We are so alike that we share 98.4% of our DNA!

The sanctuary started in 1993 as a refuge for three chimps rescued from civil war in Burundi, and is now home to more than forty chimpanzees, rescued from abuse in Central and West Africa where they have been used as pets and almost dinner in illegal bush meat trade.

Open to the public from 0900 to 1030hrs and 1500hrs to 1630hrs, the sanctuary is a must-see for anyone visiting Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

You can find out more about the sanctuary and support it here.

Canon 7D. 275mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1600sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Canon 7D. 275mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1600sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Canon 7D. 310mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1600sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Canon 7D. 310mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1600sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Canon 7D. 300mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Canon 7D. 300mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Good Night Nairobi, Pt 1

Canon 7D. 12mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 10.0sec at f/22, ISO 250

Good Night Nairobi, Pt 1

This beautiful city never sleeps. For every eye that shuts at the end of a busy day, another opens to admire the star-lit beauty of Nairobi.

This is the first part of a series examining the activities that go on in Kenya’s capital after dark. I’ll be posting more photos over the next couple of months.

For this instalment, I had the privilege of shooting with @truthslinger. We were later joined by @iWIDEkimani  who pushed his point and shoot to the limit.

These were shot around Kenyatta Avenue on a cold March night, with no disturbance from Council authorities, and the curious stare of Nairobians going home from work and school.

 

Canon 7D. 12mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 10.0sec at f/22, ISO 250

Canon 7D. 12mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 10.0sec at f/22, ISO 250

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

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

Canon 7D. 11mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 374.0sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 11mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 374.0sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 11mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 239.0sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 11mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 239.0sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 11mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 57.0sec at f/22, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 11mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 57.0sec at f/22, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 11mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 141.0sec at f/22, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 11mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 141.0sec at f/22, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 11mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 137.0sec at f/22, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 11mm (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8) 137.0sec at f/22, ISO 200

Limuru Individual TT

Canon 7D. 40mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/50sec at f/11, ISO 125

Limuru Individual TT

Sports photography presents challenges that attract me like a finger to an itch. The only thing that keeps me from fulfilling my itch is time.

So when I had a couple of free hours before church today, I couldn’t resist the urge to chase pro and amateur cyclists on their 20km individual time trial on the Ndumberi – Limuru road.

Shooting on a route lined with many coffe estates that provided great scenic backgrounds, plus ideal cloud cover that filtered the sun to just the right intensity, makes me believe I had more fun with my Canons than cyclists on they Canyons but in need of a serious work out like some of the cyclists who were panting and wheezing at the finish line.

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Good Morning Nairobi

Canon 60D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 30.0sec at f/10, ISO 100

Good Morning Nairobi

Today I celebrate a new dawn for our republic.

We as Kenyans have proven to the world that we have matured politically and can exercise our democratic rights peacefully.

A lot has been written about the elections, but here is one of the more interesting reads: http://shutterdiplomacy.com/2013/03/10/oh-my-god-not-another-kikuyu-president/

These photos were taken on the morning of 4th March 2013. It was indeed a new dawn for Kenya.

Today, after a self-imposed week of being glued to TV, we get back to work and build our nation.

Canon 60D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 30.0sec at f/10, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 30.0sec at f/10, ISO 100

nairobi_city_sunrise-2

Canon 60D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 30.0sec at f/10, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 30.0sec at f/10, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 40mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/200sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 40mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/200sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 28mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/80sec at f/9.0, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 28mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/80sec at f/9.0, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/320sec at f/18, ISO 160

Canon 7D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/320sec at f/18, ISO 160

Canon 7D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/200sec at f/18, ISO 160

Canon 7D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/200sec at f/18, ISO 160

Canon 60D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/100sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 60D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/100sec at f/22, ISO 100

Decision 2013

Moi Avenue Primary School, 1041hrs. One enthusiastic voter. Canon 60D. 32mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/6.3, ISO 200

Decision 2013

We made history today by voting in the first elections under a new constitution, and going against the international media’s prophesies of fighting each other.

To show the naysayers that Kenya has moved on from 2007’s chaos, I joined Mutua and Efi at seven polling stations in Nairobi and saw thousands of Kenyans choosing peace.

Uhuru Park, 0650hrs. He had just come from voting. Canon 7D. 50mm (EF 50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/250sec at f/2.0, ISO 800

Uhuru Park, 0650hrs. He had just come from voting. Canon 7D. 50mm (EF 50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/250sec at f/2.0, ISO 800

Uhuru Park, 0651hrs. He had flown all the way from Maryland to cast his vote then return to the USA. Canon 7D. 50mm (EF 50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/640sec at f/2.0, ISO 800

Uhuru Park, 0651hrs. He had flown all the way from Maryland to cast his vote then return to the USA. Canon 7D. 50mm (EF 50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/640sec at f/2.0, ISO 800

Moi Avenue Primary School, 0947hrs. The longest queue we saw. It went twice round the school perimeter and then some. Canon 60D. 60mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/8.0, ISO 320

Moi Avenue Primary School, 0947hrs. The longest queue we saw. It went twice round the school perimeter and then some. Canon 60D. 60mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/8.0, ISO 320

Moi Avenue Primary School, 1012hrs. We spotted this guy at three different polling stations. Who was stalking who? Canon 60D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/4.0, ISO 200

Moi Avenue Primary School, 1012hrs. We spotted this guy at three different polling stations. Who was stalking who? Canon 60D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/4.0, ISO 200

Moi Avenue Primary School, 1041hrs. One enthusiastic voter. Canon 60D. 32mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/6.3, ISO 200

Moi Avenue Primary School, 1041hrs. One enthusiastic voter. Canon 60D. 32mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/6.3, ISO 200

Technical University, 1131hrs. Voters wait patiently to exercise their democratic right. Canon 60D. 55mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/250sec at f/4.0, ISO 200

Technical University, 1131hrs. Voters wait patiently to exercise their democratic right. Canon 60D. 55mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/250sec at f/4.0, ISO 200

Technical University, 1155hrs. Voters wait patiently to exercise their democratic right. Canon 60D. 35mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1250sec at f/5.0, ISO 640

Technical University, 1155hrs. Voters wait patiently to exercise their democratic right. Canon 60D. 35mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1250sec at f/5.0, ISO 640

Technical University, 1156hrs. Voters are silhouetted in the shade of City Square Post Office as they wait co cast their votes. Canon 60D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/5.0, ISO 640

Technical University, 1156hrs. Voters are silhouetted in the shade of City Square Post Office as they wait co cast their votes. Canon 60D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/5.0, ISO 640

Kibera DO's Office, 1239hrs. Mothers and fathers with infants, seniors and the disabled got preferential treatment and didn't have to queue for long to vote. Canon 7D. 100mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/320sec at f/3.2, ISO 250

Kibera DO’s Office, 1239hrs. Mothers and fathers with infants, seniors and the disabled got preferential treatment and didn’t have to queue for long to vote. Canon 7D. 100mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/320sec at f/3.2, ISO 250

Kibera DO's Office, 1249hrs. Babies for hire: there were unconfirmed reports of people borrowing babies to get preferential treatment at polling stations. Canon 7D. 135mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/2500sec at f/3.2, ISO 640

Kibera DO’s Office, 1249hrs. Babies for hire: there were unconfirmed reports of people borrowing babies to get preferential treatment at polling stations. Canon 7D. 135mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/2500sec at f/3.2, ISO 640

Olympic Secondary School, 1325hrs. This is the only polling station where we heard complaints of voting delays that were caused by faulty voting equipment. Canon 60D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/5.0, ISO 100

Olympic Secondary School, 1325hrs. This is the only polling station where we heard complaints of voting delays that were caused by faulty voting equipment. Canon 60D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/5.0, ISO 100

Makadara Primary School, 1513hrs. Fellow photographer @AmungaTheGreat states his cause. Canon 60D. 32mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/250sec at f/5.0, ISO 100.

Makadara Primary School, 1513hrs. Fellow photographer @AmungaTheGreat states his cause. Canon 60D. 32mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/250sec at f/5.0, ISO 100.

2013 has Risen!

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

2013 has Risen!

It’s not too late to wish you a happy new year, is it?

Today’s shots were taken as 2013 broke over Diani Beach where I was camped with Onetouchers on our first #ShootingAfrica expedition.

I didn’t think there would be a glorious sunrise as these are hard to come by along the coast because of generous cloud cover in the mornings. But this one was special. The sun was bold, giving light to what is going to be a great jubilee year for Kenya.

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 0.4sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 0.4sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/8sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/8sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/30sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/30sec at f/22, ISO 100

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

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

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/15sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/15sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/15sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/15sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/8sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/8sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 25mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/200sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 25mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/200sec at f/22, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 26mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/160sec at f/8.0, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 26mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/160sec at f/8.0, ISO 100

Jamhuri Day 2012

Jamhuri Day 2012

Today’s celebrations were special for two reasons: these were Mwai Kibaki’s last national celebrations as President, and they marked the start of Kenya’s year of jubilee.

I received favour from God in two distinct ways: being able to get a last-minute media pass to join other photographers at the designated area in Nyayo National Stadium, and great weather which made  photography a pleasure.

You can see more images here.

Canon 60D. 135mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Canon 7D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/5.0, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 28mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/5.0, ISO 200

Canon 60D. 160mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/400sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 285mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 200mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 285mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/7.1, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 200mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1600sec at f/7.1, ISO 320

Canon 60D. 330mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 60D. 170mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 47mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/6.3, ISO 200

Kisite Marine Park

Kisite Marine Park

This was one of the highlights of my recent trip to the Kenyan coast.

You can access KWS-managed Kisite Marine Park via Shimoni which is about 80km south of Mombasa. Dolphin Dhow organise private visits to the park that include breakfast and sea food lunch on the dhow.

I’d always heard stories about dolphins being spotted in the Kenyan Indian Ocean waters and finally got to see it for myself. I saw just one coz I guess it was a Monday and all the rest were taking a break after a busy weekend entertaining tourists but it was worth it. Flipper swam alongside our dhow for quite a distance and then retreated – I guess to join his relaxing buddies. I then proceeded to snorkel in the Kisite corals and saw God’s handiwork in full technicolor display.

The God of all creation has indeed blessed our land and nation.

Canon 7D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/250sec at f/5.6, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 47mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/250sec at f/4.0, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/320sec at f/4.0, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 45mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/4.0, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 45mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/8.0, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 35mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/3200sec at f/4.0, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 73mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1250sec at f/5.0, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 32mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/5.0, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 85mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1600sec at f/5.0, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 35mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/125sec at f/7.1, ISO 125

Tiwi Beach

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/200sec at f/14, ISO 125

Tiwi Beach

Peaceful Tiwi is located about 20km south of Mombasa, and just 5km before Ukunda. It has clean, white beaches devoid of beach boys or traders trying to sell you trinkets and merchandise.

You should consider it as an alternative to the heavily populated Diani or Mombasa beaches on your next visit to Kenya’s coast.

If camping is how you like to do it, get to Twiga Lodge. Their campsite is right at the beach!

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/100sec at f/14, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/100sec at f/14, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/200sec at f/14, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/200sec at f/14, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/320sec at f/14, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/320sec at f/14, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/160sec at f/14, ISO 125

Driving on the A23

Driving on the A23

After handling an assignment in Arusha recently, I needed to join friends from ARK in Tiwi, about 15km south of Mombasa. I chose the quickest route which took me past Moshi, back into Kenya via Taveta, then Voi, Mombasa and finally on Tiwi’s white beaches.

The Taveta – Voi highway is currently under construction but most of it remains not a road really, but a stretch of reddish-brown earth devoid of vegetation. Known as the A23, it is avoided by most motorists due to its state, making it quite lonely to drive on. In fact, I met only four other cars on the 100km stretch that had me swerving from one side of the road to the other at will, depending on which was smoother.

My highlight of the journey was driving through the vast Tsavo West National Park. It is quite a beauty. Apart from the breathtaking landscapes, God indulged me in spotting several animals including a family of elephants!

Canon 7D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 160mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 24mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 100mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/200sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Canon 7D. 235mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 190mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 250mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

Canon 60D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/1600sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

Maranga Darling Tribute Concert

Maranga Darling Tribute Concert

I can’t say I knew Maranga much. We did get to meet at a couple of concerts and he was always in a do rag, a camera slung on his shoulder. He had a simple point and shoot when we met at Hillcrest for Blankets and Wine on 7th March 2010 which had grown into a powerful Canon the last time we met at a concert at Alliance Francaise earlier this year. The little interaction we had about photography was enough for him to have a memorable impact in my life. The greatest impact however came with his departure to be with our Saviour.

Maranga’s tribute concert at The National Theatre last evening was full of family, friends and acquaintances who spoke highly of him as a brother, leader, entertainer, editor, director, funny man and above all, son of the Most High. It got me wondering: what kind of influence am I having with my life? Am I serving my God-given purpose? When I finally go home, will God say, “Well done my son. Great is your reward.”

Oh, how I’d like to hear those words. How I’d like you to hear those sweet words.

Canon 60D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/60sec at f/4.0, ISO 800

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

Canon 7D. 110mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/100sec at f/3.2, ISO 800

Canon 7D. 95mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/100sec at f/3.2, ISO 800

Canon 7D. 70mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/125sec at f/3.2, ISO 1000

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

Canon 7D. 70mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/125sec at f/3.2, ISO 800

Watching Kenyatta

Watching Kenyatta

Last Saturday evening, I got to attend Just-A-Band’s Sorry for the Delay album launch at KICC. You can purchase the album here.

Despite the slight drizzle, JAB put together a good apology for the late release of their album. It was a fantastic show.

Before the show started, I decided to take advantage of the location to photograph Jomo Kenyatta’s statue. These were long exposures in perfect weather. I especially loved the lens flares in the second photo and JAB’s rendition of The Cavalier Band’s ‘Dunia ina Mambo’.

Canon 40D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 30.0sec at f/7.1, ISO 100

Canon 40D. 100mm (EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 30.0sec at f/13, ISO 100

Canon 40D. 39mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 30.0sec at f/16, ISO 100

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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#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

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