Wildlife Photography

The Last three weeks I have been fortunate to visit the Nairobi National Park and the Tsavo West National Park.

I had lots of fun Kenya is blessed with wildlife and we have to protect this animals (Elephants and Rhinos) for the future generation  poaching is on the raise and it will take a concerted effort by the Government and the People to end this vice. Raising awareness is a start and am using this little space here showcasing the beautiful animals.

End of Rant…. Enjoy the photo 

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Nairobi National Park – Antelope

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Tsavo West Jumbo

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Kilaguni Herd

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Tsavo West – Jumbo 1

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Nairobi National Park – Gazelle

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Nairobi National Park – Giraffe

 

bEEn uP aNd aBout

Howdy its been a while since I last posted any thing up in here thought I would change that being another year. So far its been pretty quite have had a chance to shoot more which is a plus on my books.. Its been a good 2 months already I’ve been blessed to visit some parts of this beautiful country of ours and taken up some interesting assignments.

Below are randomly picked images for the couple of months in between since my last post.

Have a cold one!!

Have a cold one!!

The wildlife and fauna with thin this country is simply amazing..

This is Kenya!!!

This is Kenya!!!

Flowers in Kenya

Been to a couple of weddings

I know am pretty!!

I know am pretty!!

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

 

more pictures to come in the next post..

 

 

#ShootingKenya #OneTouchLive

There is a group of highly talented and totally awesome photographers and videographers  by the name OneTouch and I’m highly privileged to be a part of this team.

We have this on-going theme and vision of showcasing the beauty of Kenya hence the handle #shootingkenya and #OneTouchLive. These week the plan was to shoot the sunrise from Uhuru Park, the Ngong Wind Farm your guessed it Ngong and Sunset at Lake Magadi.

On the material day I work up at 4:30am was ready to be picked up by @profkatts and @nkatetei.  at 5:15am Optimus was at my gate we made our way to South C to pick up @sirnare @MemyKenya and @Amungathegreat. God must have been listening to our prayers since it was a cloudless morning the moon was still glowing up above.

We were at Uhuru Park at around 6:05 where the OneTouch fam (@Shaydest, @dipwiz, @jaydabliu, @truthslinger, @Nyingez, @SunnylikeNjeri, @stevekitots, @kevjapicha, @mwarv,@skubi and @joemakeni follow them on twitter)had already gathered Cameras, Lens, Phones and Tripods taking aim towards the direction of the sun.

At approximately 6:20am the amber glows of the sun and within no time the sun in all its glory and majesty appeared… You may need a moment or two to take it all in…

Next stop was Ngong Hills at the Ngong Wind Farm it was a bit windy and cold you have to see these monsters up close these machines rotate to follow the wind as they generate clean energy we need more of that I think to save the hole up top Ozone something right..

What transpired after the wind farm has been given a name ‘Chaipati’ which is becoming a tradition of sorts 35 Chapatis and 17 cups of tea the Cook/Chef had to chomoka from the kitchen to see who was eating the chapos faster than he was cooking them..

Another stop at Corner Baridi absorbing the view some photo bombing and lots of banter we proceeded to Olepolos only to fine it closed bummer only for us to discover another joint across the hill called Kitalu a fairly new place. The chaps were passing by to do a bit of work at the site but were kind enough to slaughter the goat below for our indulgence… Indulge we did to a point where we lost track of time.

Magadi being 60km away we had to literally race against time to capture the sunset. It was like an episode of the Amazing race. Upon reaching Magadi there was little time to setup the sun was almost setting and this massive cloud was shielding the sun from us. We had to make do with what was available and had our 10mins before the sun disappeared.

Last words it was a day well spent with great people, lots of laughter, lots of images and lots of learning. Take time to follow the OneTouch team on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and on their individual blogs/sites.

Chaps, Cake and two very pretty Girls

The last two Saturdays I have been in a wedding line up and a guest/paparazzi at two weddings. On the 21st my boy Moses was finally tying the knot after keeping us waiting for ages (pun intended) and on the 28th my homeboy Macharia was pulling the same stunt.

Both occasion were held within the church compound service and reception at Parkland Baptist and NPC Karen respectively.

Moses and Harriet

Mr & Mrs Omukambi

Since I was in the wedding line up I could not manage to take shots but since I carry my camera everywhere I handed it over to my side kick one Sejo put it on Full Auto, which he had a blast with and nice images to boot. I also managed a few shots of Harriet and the bridal party during the photo session at land mark images shared below.

Mrs Omukambi

Macharia and Nancy

Mr & Mrs Macharia

Mr & Mrs Macharia

The days started on a low (it was not a very good day for science – Dexter) I woke up much later than I had anticipated why is that important you may ask? A good pal of mine Macharia my neighbour in my old hood  since we were born was getting married I was meant to go take a few shots of the grooms men before they left for church…. let’s just say me waking up late messed a few things that morning we shall leave it at that..

Moving on, I reached the reception at around 2pm the Bride and Groom had gone for their photo session chilled a bit for them to come back hand a blast after that. Met so many old faces it was like a Jeri re-union

For more wedding photos go to my weddings Page and have a look

Guess who’s back

Been Away for a while 3 weeks infact I was away on leave handling some personal issues that came up. Issues have somewhat been sorted am now back full swing.

It feels good to be back in the thick of things life has to go on and steadily we are moving on to bigger and better hopefully..

During my time away I managed to capture a couple of frames while at Aberdares below are some of the images taken during my brief haitus
While at aberdares


Have a fab week ahead

I ditched Auto Mode

My journey with Baibey continued our companionship ever growing, more often than not any activity that presented an opportunity to freeze a few frames we would be there faithfully clicking away.

My Sensei gave me some assignments to try out on my own the only catch being I use Manual Mode. Shutter speed, Aperture and ISO were still proving to be a challenge especially in dark places but after lots of trials and a lot more atrocious shots I began getting ‘better’ results and understanding these three terms.

The discovery that I could use my two old gifted lenses (35-70mm and 70-300mm) on all the other modes opened up new learning experiences.  At the beginning I had tried mounting these lenses but kept getting this FEEEE error on the display so I had given up. With the help of my Sensei I was shown how to hack (Just in case you need to know for old AF lens turn the Aperture ring to the highest stop in my case F22 and Wallahhh!!)

Bringing Baibey with me on occasions has been a blessing in disguise I mean no queuing at the stadium when going to watch Harambee stars playing getting vantage positions to view proceedings.

A colleague of mine hooked me up with a complementary ticket to go see Hugh Masekela (Being me I could not pass up a freebie) this provided a chance to capture images of my First Concert and it was quite a big deal for me…

I loved Hugh’s the facial expressions as he was performing you will notice this was my main focus.  You will notice the images are a bit soft I was using a slow shutter speed kit lens limitations now I know better still saving up for a fast one. I enjoyed the music so much that at times I forgot to capture images and took to the floor (This guy is a performer and a half worth every bit of my free complementary). Enjoy….

The Journey Continues

The Ignition

During Jayden’s (son to a friend of mine) birthday bash I brought my trusty N6006 along and snapped away. During my snapperazzi moments guys would ask to see the photos I had taken of them while at the bash explaining why I was shooting film in a digital world  was considered Oldskool at some point it began to bother me and it’s out of this bother that the Ignition was born…

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Some more googling and a dozen other photog sites and blogs the search of a digital SLR was born having been ‘using’ (Keyword) a Nikon for the past 5months the learning curve has not been as steep. A choice was to be made and there was only one outcome TeamNikon.

The choices were narrowed down to these three i.e. Nikon D90, D300 and D7000 cost and functionality were largely the determining factor and how much coins would be available. It was later unanimously agreed that the D90 ticked all the available boxes. This was the easy part now the hard part was to collect enough coins to acquire this new toy…

The Flame

By luck or chance I managed to gather some major coins and it by coincidence, one of my in-laws was visiting the Diaspora and the acquisition was finally made. After an anxious wait December 12 2010 Baibey was finally delivered safely into my hands in +254 02.

With the arrival on Baibey the trusty N6006’s thunder was irretrievably stolen his outings and usage nearly none existent but i have a feeling that it is like the proverbial phoenix you never bet against its return though on a limited capacity or occasional play even the substitutes get their minutes of playtime right? It will have always a space in my bag am sure at some point it will come in handy.

Keeping the fire Burning

With the arrival of Baibey there was a need to seek out a sensei who would share with me wisdom/expertise some of the secrets of this beast in my hands. I have had the privilege of having relations both far and near of career photographers. Thanks to Charles -Shutterspeed and Wagema I began understanding more about the technical stuff that the D90 is made up of and what it could do.

The intention to get Baibey in December was so that I would have enough skills to be able to take photos of the real baby (referred from here onwards as Aaron Toto Handsome) by the time he was born around February.

The skills came in drops due to work engagements and Mama Toto Handsome being expectant practice was largely limited. I did a lot of reading trying to master shutter speed, aperture and ISO I soldiered on grabbing moments whenever possible.

Slowly I stumbled upon good shots and those not so good. I played around with settings the entire Auto range (Dumb Mode) always twisting that knob to achieve what i thought at that time was near perfect images. It was not easy but somehow through Gods grace I soldiered on.

On the 28th day of February 2011 Toto Handsome was born coming in at 3.8kgs quite the bouncing baby boy and my soon to be guinea pig. It was a joyous occasion 1 year 4months down the line I am still in awe of the miracle uncovering in front of my eyes daily.

Since then the images kept rolling (more than 25000 images already) there is a famous photographer who said that your first 10000 images are probably the worst you will have taken I am assuming with that my quota of bad images is over **just a thought** Along the way I managed to discover Adobe Lightroom which is like super cool software for post-production processing (basically editing images) in ways I only saw in other peoples works.

I have come a long way and the images I’ve taken or continue to take suggest that there has been steady progress/growth with a little help from Lightroom I am enjoying this I wish I had picked up the camera much earlier than I did.

I have had the pleasure of poxing myself to shoot Film and Digital at several of my friends weddings**not as the main snapperazzi or second shooter but as a guest**, Nature, Travel, Street, Abstract, Studio without lights, Night, you name it here are some of all that combined.

It’s been a worthwhile adventure since then Baibey and I have been inseparable we have ventured to various places in this great country of ours to the Coast (Kilifi, Malindi) Nyanza (Kisumu) Western (Emuhaya) Rift Valley (Kajiado, Nakuru, Naivasha) and we have met lots of very nice people along the way. We intend to go for more adventures the more the exotic/remote the locations the better (Northern Frontier Added to Wish List).

Sainara.. till nextweek

The Begining

The beginning..

On December 12th 2011 I got my D90 (referred from here on as Baibey) It has been a journey of discovery lots of trials and errors, inspired light bulb moments, those aaahaaa moments when it all clicks nicely and lots of images deleted never to see the light of day again. The journey has been an eye opener quite literally in so many ways I have acquired not only knowledge of the powers that are hidden within the Aluminium alloy and plastic body that is the Nikon D90 but friendships that will last forever.

For you to grasp where my fascination with Baibey came from we have to go way back to when I decided to pick up a camera in the first place and specifically a Nikon for that matter. I’ve always had this fascination with photography because of my old man a retired photo-journalist back then he looked super cool with his Nikon F3 (Which I now own!!) strapped to his shoulder or away on his travels coming back with stories about his assignments, rubbing shoulders with the rich and powerful some of the images he took if they survived the Editors knife pick would appear in the papers with credits to him of all this fascinated me even more I was won over.

Back to the present date 20+years later my old man retired and walked off into the sunset leaving behind his trusty Nikon N6006 and the F3 with a couple of lens. They laid there for a long long while gathering dust until one day I stumbled onto the gear carried the bags to my house where it  gathered even more dust for another long long while up until mid 2010 when I picked the N6006 out of boredom.

Lights, Camera, Action

I ventured out and it coincided with the day both my big bro and I were going to introduce our better halves to our Mom (cheesy I know!! Moving on..). At this point I dint have a clue about any buttons on the camera itself apart from the power button. What I was doing was basically pointing and shooting with total disregards to any photography rules. On that day I took one and a half rolls of film having nothing interesting shoot after this the dust continued to gather on the gear some more.

My second, third and fourth outings were when the big bro was going to the in-laws’ for the 1st introduction visit, during the Ghana Vs Uruguay Match at K1(Soccer City) and a pal of mine teaching kids how to skate in the CBD . After filling up like 9 rolls of films the wait was too much for me I decided to get the films processed first on negatives. I later discovered the images could be copied to disk after having spent quite a tidy sum on the process.

Here are some of the results you be the judge…I dint say they were pretty (probably pretty isn’t the right word) I know they are not among the greatest Kodak moments but I had to start from somewhere…

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The Spark

Having seen the output of my efforts I started reading up about the camera and the lenses thank god for the internet. Eventually downloaded a manual and somewhere in there in the scheme of things the spark appeared.

At this point new terms started coming up Shutter speed, aperture, white Balance, metering, f-stops’, Exposure they were all too complex for me but now looking back it was worth the effort me thinks. The more I googled the more information I discovered and the more I took the N6006 out more frequently it became at some point an accessory in the boot of my car… I shot a lot more photos and there was some improvement. I had not figured the shutter and aperture part fully because in the dark my images came out really weird Red eye on Camera flash, ghosting and blurring galore all the bad thing you never want to associate with photography. Never one to give up without a fight I bought more film rolls and batteries. Got out some more trying out different settings between the two lenses I had.  At this point I had taken pictures at two weddings as a guest, Football Kenya Vs Uganda at Nyayo and at the ASK Nairobi Show (yeah even caught the Champion Cow and Bull!!).

Next week: The Journey Continues…