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

gentleman’s a-ffair

gentleman’s a-ffair

This weekend, I celebrate the ultimate Gentleman: Christ who died for me so that he wouldn’t live without me.

May this truth be your portion now and forever, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Canon 7D. 180mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/250sec at f/3.2, ISO 1600.

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

Canon 7D. 65mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/125sec at f/4.5, ISO 1250.

Canon 7D. 24mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/320sec at f/5.0, ISO 800.

Canon 7D. 80mm (24-105mm f/4L IS USM) 1/160sec at f/4.0, ISO 500.

 

 

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.

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