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: Gor Mahia vs AFC

Take 5: Gor Mahia vs AFC

Despite the hooligans who threw huge stones onto the pitch that photographers had to dodge and the crooks who took advantage of the situation and robbed fellow Kenyans, football still remains a beautiful sport. Not like rugby, but it comes close.

I won’t stop attending football matches even with the risk of hooliganism because in the stadium arenas are many beautiful stories to be told and pictures to be taken.

As I thank God for shielding me and my equipment, here’s a selection of the best five shots I took.

 

Canon 7D. 100mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2500sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 100mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2500sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 400mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/6.3, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 200mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

Canon 7D. 170mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

 

 

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

The Big Three Five!

The Big Three Five!

Thirty-five years down, many more to go.

God Almighty has blessed me with so much, I can’t list it all. Starting with salvation through His son’s sacrifice, an abundant life filled with family, friends, adventure, photography…

Today, I make a special mention of Gina – my beautiful fiancee, queen and adorable wife-to-be.

Gina, there’s a lot I can say about the many years we’ve known each other, starting from when we were co-actors, to colleagues, to friends, to lifetime partners. But it all trickles down to one thing: I’m in love with you Gina, and I look forward to being your husband, and you my wife.

By Sophie Wambui. Canon 7D. 105mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/200sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

 

Take 5: Wrong Way Down

Take 5: Wrong Way Down

In September 2009, I hooked up with Ich, Makumi and Fady and we set off for Tiwi in South Coast, via Amboseli and Tsavo. Hence the name of the trip ‘Wrong Way Down’. I promise it has no reference to a popular biking trip of two British guys across Africa. I promise.

After an almost 3-year break, I’m itching to shoot wildlife again.

I see myself being commissioned by NatGeo and other top publications to cover wildlife stories in Africa because as Africans, I believe we should capture our continent better than photographers from other continents. So help us God.

Canon 40D. 390mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1600sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 40D. 320mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/125sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Canon 40D. 400mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/250sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 40D. 260mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/8000sec at f/10, ISO 800

Canon 40D. 400mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/100sec at f/5.6, ISO 1600

Take 5: Hugh Masekela

Take 5: Hugh Masekela

Still up there on the list of powerful performances I’ve attended. This was in June 2011.

Hugh commands respect on stage. And takes no nonsense from fans or photographers.

It was a challenge shooting this concert because there were many photographers and the fans sat on the Simba Saloon dance floor right up to the stage. This made the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L my choice lens for the evening.

Canon 7D. 170mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/2.8, ISO 1600

Canon 7D. 160mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/2.8, ISO 1600

Canon 7D. 200mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/3.2, ISO 2000

Canon 7D. 165mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/250sec at f/3.2, ISO 2000

 

Ibra and Lokadi’s Wedding Preview

Ibra and Lokadi’s Wedding Preview

A fun day it has been.

It was amazing how God held back the rain at reception time.

More pics will be posted eventually.

Enjoy your honeymoon Ibra and Lokadi – wait, I don’t have to tell you to.

Baraka!

Canon 60D. 17mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/80sec at f/5.6, ISO 100. Canon 430EX II

Canon 7D. 50mm (50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/250sec at f/2.5, ISO 100

Canon 7D. 50mm (50mm f/1.4 USM) 1/125sec at f/4.5, ISO 320

Canon 60D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/60sec at f/5.6, ISO 640, Canon 430EXII

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

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