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
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.
The wildlife and fauna with thin this country is simply amazing..
Been to a couple of weddings
more pictures to come in the next post..
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.
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to take pictures of some pretty awesome eleven month old twins Jeremy and Jayden along with their mum Reggie the extended clan a couple of cousins, aunts and Grandma.
Location Westland’s… There should be a rule about women and giving directions I will leave it at that J I got to the right court but wrong door number rang the door the lady assumed I was a Jehovah’s Witness or a salesman of sorts.
After numerous calls I ended up at the right location did my set up and waited for the fun to begin. Lesson learned from this shoot have fun and be patient with kids
Below are some of the images of the fun we had during our informal shoot.
PS: My fascination with black and white keeps growing everyday… Hopefully I will get a soul daring enough to quench this craving
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
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.
Macharia and Nancy
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
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
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….
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