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Nairobi at Dusk

Nairobi at Dusk

More shots taken from KICC’s helipad. See previous post for the full story.

The sun sets quite fast, its like its hurrying to rise elsewhere. There’s hardly any time to change a lens or re-compose your shot when it starts warming Ngong Hills.

Excuses aside, enjoy the shots.

Canon 7D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/7.1, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 105mm (EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/14, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 21mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 30sec at f/14, ISO 100

 

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

Impala vs Quins

Impala vs Quins

I finally got a taste of rugby action last Saturday – at the wrong venue. Alan Hicks told me Nondies were playing Strath at Impala and in my absent mindedness, I rocked into RFUEA instead.

From the sidelines, I got to watch a great game amidst colourful grammar from a section of the spectators. As a referee, you need to be made of a special kind of metal for all those insults to be hurled at you and just ignore them. Or, maybe the guy was wearing ear plugs.

Anyway, Quins carried the day and here’s some of the photos I took.

Canon 7D. 190mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/7.1, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 100mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1250sec at f/6.3, ISO 320

Canon 7D. 100mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1250sec at f/6.3, ISO 320

Canon 7D. 115mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/400sec at f/6.3, ISO 320

Canon 7D. 370mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/400sec at f/7.1, ISO 1600

Canon 7D. 200mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/320sec at f/6.3, ISO 640

Canon 7D. 400mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/6.3, ISO 640

Take 5: Rallying in Kenya

Take 5: Rallying in Kenya

I recall making rally cars out of wire hangers and used metal tins with my brother. We dreamt of entering the Safari Rally in our dad’s Datsun 120Y. As part of early preparation, we’d take our hand-made toy cars and race each other within Doonholm estate, and during school holidays, compete against other boys in rallies run in what are today Tena, Greenfields, Sunrise and Savannah Estates. The first boy on the finish ramp had to stand on his car like we saw on TV, and shower in a cold Coca Cola that was intended to assist in swallowing the marble cake won. The rest of us settled for tropicals, patcos, KSLs and, if budget allowed, Big Gs. The whole operation was funded through the five shillings we paid for entry – a hefty amount at the time.

Every Easter, without fail, we would gather at the Outer Ring and Jogoo Roads junction to wave rally cars by as they headed to Central Kenya. Patrick Njiru drew the biggest cheers. He once – I’m told – slowed down and threw sweets at the crowd. I believe he was time barred in that rally. When my brother and I performed well in school, dad would take us not too far from town to watch the rally cars zoom by. On the way home, we’d entertain him with rally car sounds and ask him to drive fast, like the rally cars. If you ever saw a white 120Y coughing and wheezing down Jogoo Road with two boys cheering like crazy from the back seat – that was us! At home, we would keep glued to the radio to listen to the results from the check points as broadcast by VoK and made sure the tallies we made in the newspaper pull-outs were up-to-date and correct.

The first photo below was the first good photo I ever took of anything. This was in August 2006. I treasure it as I treasure memories of me, my brother and our dad enjoying the Safari Rally.

I hope to rekindle my love for the rally and indulge my son in the battle of man and machine against the elements. And maybe, finally take part in a rally with my brother. We’ve practiced enough.

Canon 350D. 28mm (Tamron 28-80mm) 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 350D. 28mm (Tamron 28-80mm) 1/3200sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 350D. 100mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS) 1/100sec at f/18, ISO 200

Canon 350D. 100mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS) 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 100mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS) 1/1250sec at f/4.5, ISO 1000

 

Take 5: Kenyan Rugby

Take 5: Kenyan Rugby

I’ve have a keen interest in rugby – shooting and watching, not playing.

I just need to turn my interest into action and go shoot and watch what Pastor M, Alan Hicks and Ken Kimani believe is the game we’ll be playing in heaven. I believe them.

And since I’ll be shooting it there too and not playing, I need to get back to the sidelines and perfect my craft.

Canon 40D. 400mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/9.0, ISO 320

Canon 40D. 250mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/400sec at f/5.0, ISO 320

Canon 40D. 100mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/320sec at f/5.6, ISO 1250

Canon 40D. 330mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/400sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 40D. 210mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/5.6, ISO 1250

Canon 40D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/320sec at f/8.0, ISO 200

dealfish tvc

dealfish tvc

I directed this spot in April 2011.

It’s always fun working with guys from ARK. We shot on a Sunday when there isn’t much traffic in town.

Can’t wait for the sequel.

 

merry-go-round silhouette

merry-go-round silhouette

Another two from what I guess I’ll call the ‘missing photos’ series – interesting photos that I find as I catalog my photos.

These ones were taken at Rock City, Kiambu Road, during a family get together.

Canon 40D. 40mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/5000sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

kakamega forest

kakamega forest

Tucked away in Western Kenya, Kakamega Forest is our only rain forest. It is the eastern most remnant of the once mightier Congo Forest.

I had the privilege of visiting there with my lovely fiancee and got to know why it is called a rain forest – it rains almost daily!

I took this from the view point after an afternoon shower.

 

Canon 40D. 375mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

And after the shower, nothing felt better than being surrounded by nature’s freshness, birds singing all around and walking with my arm around my future wife.

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/60sec at f/4.0, ISO 2500

pivot 25

pivot 25

I had a lot of fun working on this project.

I shot it with Makumi using a Canon 7D, and edited in Final Cut. Bugi did the graphics while Aika developed the look.

I love my city. I love my colleagues.

nairobi by night

nairobi by night

September 2007 was the first time I took photos of Nairobi by night.

I hooked up with Fadzter, Makumi, Francuso and Ken, got a 2-day shooting permit for Kshs10,000/- from DFS, informed the cops at Central Police and over a Friday and Saturday night, walked around Nairobi CBD taking photos. We had so much fun and agreed to repeat the excitement but wapi

Three years later, inspired by the works of trigger-happy oneTOUCHers, I went to the KICC helipad today to take more shots of this beautiful city.

My GHC teacher was right – it gets cooler the higher you go. The wind was human-bending strong and since I hadn’t carried a jacket, I kept jumping on the spot in-between exposures to keep warm.

My Commerce teacher was right too – the view is better from the top.

 

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 30.0sec at f/22, ISO 200.

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 30.0sec at f/22, ISO 200.

Canon 7D. 17mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 25.0sec at f/14, ISO 200.

Canon 7D. 20mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 30.0sec at f/11, ISO 200.

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