eric and molly

eric and molly

Its always a great pleasure shooting at friends’ weddings. This is because you know their likes and preferences, and they are more relaxed with a friend directing them. That is why I do my best to get to know a couple well before their wedding day.

Eric and Molly are both in my Life Group. I met Eric at Mavuno Church’s Gideon’s Torch – men’s fellowship that happens every Wednesday morning at 5am: A-huu! I met Molly when doing Mizizi. Thanks to God working through her and Pastor Toni Mungai, I actually might not be doing photography today if it wasn’t the discovery – during Mizizi – that its my purpose in life! (Now you get the reason for my blog’s name.)

Eric is the first groom I saw sing for his bride on their wedding day – he’s set the bar very high for the rest of us. He is also quite a rib tickler, which was quite evident from Molly’s hearty laughter on their wedding day.

Canon 40D. 50mm (50mm f/1.8 II) 1/80sec at f/2.5, ISO 640

Canon 40D. 60mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/60sec at f/4.0, ISO 640

Canon 40D. 50mm (50mm f/1.8 II) 1/100sec at f/4.0, ISO 640

Canon 40D. 50mm (50mm f/1.8 II) 1/60sec at f/2.8, ISO 800

Canon 40D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/4.5, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 130mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/320sec at f/3.2, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/2500sec at f/3.2, ISO 200

Take 5: Kinanda Arts Festival

Take 5: Kinanda Arts Festival

This week I start a new weekly post called ‘Take 5’. It will feature 5 of the best photos I’ve taken covering different topics, albeit with a bias to music.

Starting us off is Kinanda Arts Festival. A monthly arts extravaganza held in Nairobi.

And because this is a special one, I give you seven and not just five of my favourites.

Canon 7D. 400mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/5.6, ISO 1600

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/200sec at f/4.0, ISO 640

Canon 7D. 170mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/5.0, ISO 1000

Canon 7D. 40mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/40 at f/4.0, ISO 1000

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/4.0, ISO 1000

 

By Amunga Eshuchi. Canon 7D. 105mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/8000sec at f/4.0, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 50mm (50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/500sec at f/2.2, ISO 2000

 

athanas and priya

athanas and priya

My first wedding of 2012 – I’m excited!

Even more exciting is seeing Athanas get married to Priya. I met Athanas in 2006. He was a TV producer, I was just getting started in photography. We’ve both grown in our fields over the years, and despite many efforts, we’ve never worked on the same project together – until now. I met Priya on the day of the wedding. She is very bubbly, always smiling and truly compliments Athanas’ hearty laughter.

I had the pleasure of shooting the wedding with Oscar Gatamah, an upcoming photographer who’s going to make it big. I look forward to more shoots with you bro.

Canon 7D. 50mm (50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/1000sec at f/2.8, ISO 800

Canon 60D. 22mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/60sec at f/4.0, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 30mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/60sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 60D. 50mm (50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/200sec at f/3.2, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 100mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/3.5, ISO 250

Canon 7D. 17mm (17-40mm f4L USM) 1/500sec at f/4.5, ISO 400

nyambura and karimi

nyambura and karimi

This is the most fun I’ve had shooting a wedding, yet.

Because of two things: one is Nyambura and Karimi who gave Allan and I full creative license to shoot their wedding as we wanted, and two, shooting with Allan, whom I admit relates better with those he’s shooting than I do.

I’ve also longed for an evening photo session. When done at mid day, the unforgiving equator sun either burns backgrounds, or forces the couple to squint, even in the shade. Thanks Nyambura and Karimi for allowing us to have your photo session in the evening.

I look forward to many more weddings like yours.

Oh, and check out Allan’s work here.

 

Canon 60D. 50mm (50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/125sec at f/2.2, ISO 640

Canon 60D. 17mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/60sec at f/4.0, ISO 250

Canon 7D. 50mm (50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/60sec at f/2.5, ISO 800

Canon 7D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/3.2, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/60sec at f/3.2, ISO 1600

tanganyika boys

tanganyika boys

I recently did an assignment in Burundi that got me touring the entire country.

When having lunch at a restaurant in Nyaza Lac, a quiet town on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, I saw these boys who were having a lot of fun diving into the cool, clear, blue waters and approached them. After overcoming language barriers and using sign language, they allowed me to take these photos.

They were an excited bunch when they saw themselves in the photos.

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/4.0, ISO 160

Canon 7D. 32mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/6400sec at f/4.0, ISO 400

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/3200sec at f/4.0, ISO 400

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.

 

kenya cup finals

kenya cup finals

Over the years, I’ve learnt that when it comes to sports journalism, I need to pick a spot and pray the action comes towards me. If I move around the sidelines looking for action, there will be a greater likelihood of me missing the action altogether.

I took these at the Kenya Cup finals on 17th April 2010. More good photos I found as I continue cataloging my photos.

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

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

acoustic worship 3

acoustic worship 3

Nairobi Cinema is a good auditorium for music events though the lighting doesn’t allow you to do much with photography.

So for Acoustic Worship, I had to look for a different angle to tell the story. I’m thankful that the organisers had no restrictions on movements on stage which allowed me to get these shots.

Canon 7D. 17mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/60sec at f/4.0, ISO 2500

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/60sec at f/4.0, ISO 3200

safaricom classical fusion concert

safaricom classical fusion concert

Happy accidents can be rare in photography. You know, when you weren’t intending to capture something then you go like ‘Wow! Me likey!’ after checking out the photo you’ve taken.

This happened at the Safaricom Classical Fusion grand concert. I couldn’t get to a position where I could capture the face of the conductor, Duncan Wambugu, because of security restrictions around the stage. In addition, my old 40D doesn’t handle exposure like the 7D so when I took the photo below, I wasn’t happy, until much later when it came to selecting photos to upload to KWELI’s Facebook Page.

Me likey!

Canon 40D. 185mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/8000sec at f/2.8, ISO 200

the afropolitan shoot

the afropolitan shoot

This was my first proper fashion shoot. It makes me respect the likes of Mutua Matheka and Steve Kitots who do glamour shoots at the blink of an eye.

Afropolitan sells African jewelry, accessories and shoes for the cosmopolitan lady.Bev, the fearless influencer who runs Afopolitan is a world citizen, shuttling with ease between continents leaving a bag of charm wherever she goes. We met when she was taking the one-year Discovery programme at Mavuno Church.

Arboretum was the perfect location for the look Bev wanted. But the African sun, on the equator, lived up to it’s fame of falling other than setting. One minute we were using flash to kill shadows, another we were lighting the whole scene!

I had a lot of fun working with the models too and can’t wait for the Afropolitan site to be up!

Canon 7D. 17mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/60sec at f/5.0, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/80sec at f/4.0, ISO 200

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

Canon 7D. 23mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/60sec at f/6.3, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 17mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/50sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

tony and faith

tony and faith

There’s a special anointing of sorts on my friends this year – so many getting married!

And the latest are Tony and Faith. A super talented brother who’s going to make it super big in film and his equally talented, always standing by her man wife.

Highlight of the wedding was the mdundiko at the reception, thanks to Krowbar.

Canon 7D. 50mm (50mm f/1.8 II) 1/200sec at f/2.5, ISO 320

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/4.0, ISO 320

Canon 40D. 85mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/800sec at f/4.0, ISO 160

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/250sec at f/7.1, ISO 250

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

mbushi and mike

mbushi and mike

I met Mike a while back when climbing Kilimanjaro in December 2005. He was the most kitted among us. Later I got to discover that I knew his sister the actress. And later, I learnt he was engaged to Mbushi, a friend and fellow Mavunite – the world is a ndengu I tell you.

I shot this with Ciku (@pinkerpanther) who is one of the most super talented photographers I know.

Canon 7D. 100mm (70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM) 1/250sec at f/2.8, ISO 200.

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/4.0, ISO 400.

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/400sec at f/6.3, ISO 320.

Canon 7D. 300mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/640sec at f/5.6, ISO 400.

 

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.

hands in worship

hands in worship

I got to attend Israel Houghton’s concert at Central Park on 15th August 2010 and took over 1,400 photos that I’d never taken the time to go through.

When I finally did today, these sequence of hands caught my eye.

I don’t know to whom they belong but you can clearly tell the difference between hands raised in surrender to the Almighty vs to a thug.

 

Canon 7D. 220mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2500sec at f/5.0, ISO 1000

Canon 7D. 115mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/3200sec at f/6.3, ISO 1000

Canon 7D. 115mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/3200sec at f/6.3, ISO 1000

 

sara mitaru in concert

sara mitaru in concert

Sara and Blackman make a glorious combination.

It was the first time I was seeing Sara perform since 2007 and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Kavutha’s cameo was my most memorable moment of the night.

The guy on lights was a bit stingy on the watts.

Canon 7D. 200mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/125sec at f/2.8, ISO 2000

 

elani in concert

elani in concert

Photography is painting with light. And when there is no or limited lighting, photography becomes a challenge.

And to overcome the challenge, I’m forced to shoot at very high ISOs which introduces noise that ruins the music. (Get it?)

What I love about Elani is that they have fun when doing what they love.

Canon 7D. 115mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/250sec at f/2.8, ISO 5000

groove awards 2011

groove awards 2011

At the 2009 Groove Awards is where I believe I discovered my skills in concert photography. I’ve become a regular attendee since.

Mo Sound do a great job in putting the event together. Their level of professionalism is impeccable. My only suggestion is they move the red carpet to a place where we photographers don’t have to fight with the sun – we always loose.

Highlight of the day, Daddy Owen giving his Male Artist of the Year award to Juliani – grown men do cry.

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/60sec at f/4.0, ISO 2000

Canon 7D. 110mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/250sec at f/3.2, ISO 1600

Canon 7D. 17mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/125sec at f/4.0, ISO 1600

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

Canon 7D. 45mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/160sec at f/4.5, ISO 1250

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

mission katsangani 2011

mission katsangani 2011

You won’t find it on Google Maps, so here goes:

Drive 80km north of Malindi to a trading centre called Mwenda Pole. Board a boda boda and after about 20 minutes, you’ll be in the heart of Katsangani, an island in the Tana Delta.

I was here in 2010 to spread the Gospel with the Discovery Africa team from Mavuno Church and didn’t pass on the opportunity to do the same this year.

A mute spoke, a deaf person heard – these were the great miracles we experienced during the mission.

And every evening, Katsangani witnesses one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever treat your eyes to.

Canon 7D. 105mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/20, ISO 160

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