sofapaka vs sony

sofapaka vs sony

Friends like Mavuno’s Kenyatta Otieno are God-sent. He always tells me when there’s a big game happening. He’s such a football fan – a true Sofapaka fan.

Sofapaka (my team) met Sony today in a Super 8 duel which they won 2-1.

Didn’t snap many great photos tonight but I’m happy I got to click away.

Canon 7D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L) 1/320sec at f/2.8, ISO 3200.

Canon 7D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L) 1/20sec at f/2.8, ISO 200.

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.

the villagers live at burudani

the villagers live at burudani

This has got to be the most jamming I’ve done in a while.

At some point I had to put my camera down and join in the dancing.

What I love about The Villagers is that they entertain without gimmicks like ‘Weka mikono juu!’ and ‘Everybody to the left… to the right…’ And begenge has to be the best new sound this side of Nokia 3310.

The Brookhouse School students did well on lighting. The small glitches in sound didn’t dampen the party.

The Villagers rock!

Canon 7D. 17mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/50sec at f/4.0, ISO 1250

Canon 7D. 20mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/125sec at f/4.0, ISO 1250

Canon 7D. 17mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/125sec at f/4.0, ISO 2500

sol filosofia launch concert

sol filosofia launch concert

I purchased this album at Aaron’s All That Jazz gig in January and it’s been on replay ever since. My favourite track is Sol Generation – it thumps in my head many times each week.

Having shot many concerts at Alliance Francaise de Nairobi, I was looking for a different angle to tell my story. And I did. From the third floor balcony.

It was a lovely concert though packed like a free Nyayo Bus. I enjoyed shooting with @dipwiz and @SunnyNjeri.

Canon 7D. 50mm (50mm f/1.8 II) 1/100sec at f/2.5, ISO 1600.

Canon 7D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/125sec at f/2.8, ISO 1600.

Canon 7D. 26mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/100sec at f/4.0, ISO 1250.

supersport dstv cup

supersport dstv cup

I’m still fine-tuning my skills in sport photography.

A lesson I have come to embrace is ‘Position yourself at one place and patiently wait for the action to come to you.’ If you move from place to place, you won’t get good shots.

The sun was shining today allowing faster shutter speeds at low ISOs, unlike last Sunday when the heavens opened up.

Sofapaka took the day with a 1 – 0 win over Ulinzi.

Canon 7D. 115mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/6.3, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 250mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1600sec at f/6.3, ISO 200

Canon 7D. 220mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/7.1, ISO 400

sofapaka vs aviacao

sofapaka vs aviacao

I’m glad I carried my 70-200 f/2.8L with me today.

After the first half, the heavens opened up and as it poured, all lighting disappeared. The 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS was of no use.

Thank God for the superior weather sealing on the 7D and L lenses. I had to venture out of the pervious shelter I was under to get some action.

By the way, if God made us from soil, how come we don’t turn into mud when it rains?

Canon 7D. 200mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/320sec at f/5.6, ISO 2500

Canon 7D. 200mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/250sec at f/3.2, ISO 2500

all that jazz

all that jazz

This is my first musical gig this year.

Before the year ends, I want to take my concert photography to the next level. I feel I have sort of stagnated and need more divine creativity to get to where no one else has been.

All That Jazz was all that and a sack of potatoes.

Canon 7D. 80mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/2.8, ISO 500.

Canon 7D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/160sec at f/2.8, ISO 4000.

Canon 7D. 150mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/160sec at f/2.8, ISO 4000.

Canon 7D. 180mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/2.8, ISO 2500.

 

ciru and bo’s nuptials

ciru and bo’s nuptials

Love. Paul was right in calling it ‘the greatest’ in 1 Corinthians 13.

I didn’t feel like I was working today. It was a great pleasure playing witness to the union of two believers.

There was joy in heaven and amongst we the witnesses here on earth.

Thanks Ciru and Bo for inviting me to share in your joy.

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/60sec at f/4.0, ISO 320. 580EX.

kanjii vs eric round two

kanjii vs eric round two

Their first battle about two years ago was quite an entertainer.

Today’s was epic.

Two of Kenya’s top performers, each with their own bands, on one stage? I didn’t expect anything less.

I think Kanjii won this one.

Canon 7D. 17mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/60sec at f/4.0, ISO 5000.

Canon 7D. 140mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/100sec at f/2.8, ISO 1600.

Canon 7D. 145mm (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/2.8, ISO 1600.

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

Canon 7D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/100sec at f/2.8, ISO 1600.

 

kidepo live

kidepo live

Whether you attended the show or not, you need to get Qwela’s album Kidepo.

They are definitely Uganda’s finest Afro fusion group – hands down!

Sad they performed only two songs because problems with sound meant the concert started late and the restrictions of the Nema license had to be observed.

Canon 7D. 115mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/2.8, ISO 1250.

Canon 7D. 115mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/320sec at f/4.0, ISO 1250.

Canon 7D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/160sec at f/2.8, ISO 1250.

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

Canon 7D. 75mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/250sec at f/3.5, ISO 1250.

Canon 7D. 105mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/160sec at f/2.8, ISO 1250.

deitrick haddon live

deitrick haddon live

Quite humbled by Pastor Deitrick’s humility.

He chose a local band and musicians to back him up!

And what a performance he, Damita and Javen had.

Canon 7D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/640sec at f/2.8, ISO 1250.

Canon 7D. 140mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/160sec at f/2.8, ISO 2000.

Canon 7D. 285mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2500sec at f/5.6, ISO 640.

Canon 7D. 260mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/5.6, ISO 640.

namenge and vusi

namenge and vusi

God is God. Yaani…

I got to Lake Naivasha Country Club at 11am for a wedding that was to start at 3pm. The weather was beautiful until the clouds invaded and the rain poured. Heavily.

There were some delays in the start of the ceremony so by the time we were going for the photo session at 6pm, there was no sun plus it was cloudy. And despite that, God proved ‘impossible’ isn’t in His vocabulary.

I took some of the best shots I’ve taken at a wedding despite conditions that didn’t favour photography.

All glory to you Dad.

 

 

Canon Rebel Ti. 78mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/125sec at f/2.8, ISO 200. Vivitar DF383.

Canon 7D. 50mm (50mm f/1.8 II) 1/60sec at f/3.2, ISO 3200.

afc vs sofapaka

afc vs sofapaka

If you haven’t been to a floodlit KPL game, you are missing on the most fun 100/- can get you. When you finally do, don’t go to the hoity toity VIP section; ask to be directed to  ‘Russia’. You will enjoy being with the ardent fans and will laugh at the comments they direct towards the pitch.

Now to the photography bit: if you don’t have a super fast telephoto, you will struggle taking photos at the floodlit games. Seriously, you will.

The camera doesn’t see those flood lights well so if you have a friend who has a fast telephoto with stabilizer, beg, borrow but don’t steal their lens before attending the game.

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

Canon 7D. 195mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/250sec at f/2.8, ISO 2500.

Canon 7D. 200mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/320sec at f/2.8, ISO 2500.

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

benganology launch

benganology launch

The first time I met Chizi was in 2007 when he was leading worship at Mavuno Downtown. He was different. Through his leadership, worship was real. I’m not a Premier League fan but loved how he started worship with a recap of Saturday’s big games.

Then in 2008 I bought his debut album Suluwe and gave him mad props. It was a masterpiece produced by Blackman. It’s an album you’ll definitely enjoy.

After a long wait, he launched his second album today. It’s different but still as enjoyable as the first.

Canon 7D. 160mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/160sec at f/2.8, ISO 800.

Canon 7D. 135mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/2.8, ISO 800.

 

Canon 7D. 120mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/320sec at f/3.5, ISO 1250.

Canon 7D. 108mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/3.2, ISO 1250.

Canon 7D. 190mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/200sec at f/2.8, ISO 640.

the emmanuel jal shoot

the emmanuel jal shoot

Prayer works. It really does.

A few minutes before Jal’s arrival at the KWELI offices, the flash on my 7D jammed. I needed it to remotely trigger my 430 EX speedlight. Nothing I did was working so I decided to make my faith practical. Wycliffe placed his hands on the camera and a few mintes later, the flash popped!

I really enjoyed being with Jal. For a man with so much clout in the world, it’s amazing to to have a casual conversation with him. He is so real!

And he is definitely going places.

Canon 7D. 50mm (50mm f/1.8 II) 1/40sec at f/1.8 ISO 12,800.

Canon 7D. 17mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/60sec at f/5.6, ISO 200. 430EX.

Canon 7D. 17mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/60 sec at f/7.1, ISO 250. 430 EX.

love is kenya

love is kenya

Since my beloved isn’t around, I celebrated my love for photography at Love is Kenya.

I’ve never taken photos at the National Museum. I think this was the first gig being held here.

The organisers did a great job with the lighting. The musicians were even better on stage.

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

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

Canon 7D. 100mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/250sec at f/2.8, ISO 1600.

Canon 7D. 108mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/160sec at f/2.8, ISO 1250.

happy new 2010

happy new 2010

Came back from SA on 30th with a finger itching for action.

My mission was to hit all the parties celebrating God’s love as we ushered in 2010.

I started off at Hellon’s at about 8pm. They were running late for a gig that was to start at 7pm. I moved on to KICC for Groove Party which was alive and happening. I crossed into Mavuno Dome for Exit Strategy, and returned to KICC for the fireworks. From there it was over to Nairobi Chapel for TSO.

The most fun part was shooting fireworks at Groove Party.

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

Canon 7D. 19mm (17-40mm f/4L USM) 4sec at f/9.0 ISO 200.

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/125sec at f/4.0 ISO 1600.

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

ken oloo’s filamujuani

ken oloo’s filamujuani

Ken is a fearless influencer I’m proud to call friend.

When working in Uganda several years back, he casually took a photo of a street kid without clothes. That photo made the rounds and a few weeks later, the kid had decent clothes to cover his body.

On seeing how that single photo transformed a life, he quickly quit his job, returned to Kenya, got an internship at Nairobi Chapel and while there, met with a filmmaker who pointed him to the US for a 13-month filmmaking apprenticeship.

Today, through his company Filamujuani, Ken is teaching kids in Kibera how to tell their own stories through film. They’ve worked on a TV series called ‘Zuki’ which they plan to screen in Kibera soon. Charges will be 3/- and 5/- for VIP.

Ken humbles me.

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/250sec at f/7.1, ISO 200.

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/250sec at f/4.0, ISO 200.

Canon 7D. 58mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/160sec at f/6.3, ISO 200.

Canon 7D. 55mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/160sec at f/9.0, ISO 200.

kenyatta day 2009

kenyatta day 2009

I’ve always wanted to attend a national celebration. There must be a very good reason why more than 20,000 Kenyans flock Nyayo Stadium apart from listening to their President.

As a photographer, there’s the opportunity to take shots that give a different perspective on the day. Well, not for me today.

I never had the necessary accreditation so I had to slip into the press area and keep my head low lest the security spot me.

The ceremony was entertaining and well choreographed.

Canon 40D. 300mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/400sec at f/5.6, ISO 500.

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

wrong way down

wrong way down

The more random a plot is, the better it is.

Monday: the plot is hatched to go to South Coast via Amboseli and Tsavo.

Tuesday: we meet at Westgate and shop for supplies at Nakumatt.

Wednesday: we hit the road.

Amboseli is teeming with wildlife. Especially elephants.

Tsavo is huge. So huge we saw very few animals.

Tiwi is the undiscovered holiday destination in South Coast.

Canon 40D. 390mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/600sec 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. 400mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/100sec at f/5.6, ISO 1600.

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