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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunset at the National Museum.
No need for a caption here.
Glass sculpture at National Museum.
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.
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.