70-200mm f/2.8

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

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 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

groove awards 2009

groove awards 2009

I need to reduce my multi tasking and just do one thing at a time.

I started my day deep in Thika at a friend’s mum’s unveiling of the cross, then went to Ngara to order some signs and was late for Groove Awards at KICC.

Being at Groove was the day’s highlight, hands down.

The atmosphere was charged with excitement and performances electric. I got to experiment with different framing techniques.

Today, in a special way, I got to see God direct my photography. All I did was click away – He did the rest.

All glory to you Dad.

Canon 40D. 98mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/640sec at f/2.8, ISO 1250.

Canon 40D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/800sec at f/2.8, ISO 1250.

Canon 40D. 70mm (70-200mm f/2.8L USM) 1/800sec at f/2.8, ISO 1250.

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