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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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