Malindi

Happy days are here and everyone is looking forward to that moment that relives joy in them. I’m sure you have yours, as diverse and random as it may be. Well, I also have mine, ever since I picked up photography as a hobby I have always been bugged sticking at one place. Not to mean that I love loitering but simply that I do not turn down travelling opportunities. There is so much our country and even the world, has to offer. I haven’t been to many places but to the few that I’ve been to, I discover that there is so much to be seen, discovered and shared. Stories, sceneries, et al. That’s why I love travelling. My urge for hitting the road this time took me down to the coastal town of  Malindi. I must admit it wasn’t easy because there has been so much going on in our country and especially in Lamu. My thoughts go out to the victims and all those affected. I travelled with my good buddy, Levi and we were fortunate enough to get there after almost a day on the road. Yes. A whole day!   As soon as we arrived, I couldn’t wait to get to the beach to see the sunrise the following morning and so it happened that I got up early enough to catch the sun escaping from its hideout. It was magical to say the least, I could go on and on and on to the point of soothing you to believe that the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, but I choose to spare you and let you indulge with the scenery.   Have a look.

The sunrise by the beach, magical!

The sunrise by the beach, magical!

The silhouttes by the dhows made a perfect scenery

The silhouttes by the dhows made a perfect scenery

Malindi sunrise
Minimal dhows

Some fiery clouds here

Some fiery clouds here

I was lucky enough to be accompanied by my ever supporting friend, Ruth who is like  a sister to me. She carried my bags for me as I shot away. Hehe.   The best part about being at this particular part of the beach was the extra view offered by the Pier that Mwaniki had recommended to me. You can see some of his work on his website (www.mwaniki.biz). I had only seen this sort of structure in movies so I was actually surprised to see one of these at the coast.

The whole length of the pier. Almost 200metres long, I could be wrong..

The whole length of the pier. Almost 200metres long, I could be wrong..

 

A section of the pier

A section of the pier

 

Shot this as the sun was rising

Shot this as the sun was rising

 

Under the belly of the beastly structure at Sunrise

Under the belly of the beastly structure at Sunrise

 

The top of the pier

The top of the pier

 

The whole length of the pier as the sunrise

The whole length of the pier as the sun rose

Ruth watching the sun rise as I shot away

Ruth watching the sun rise as I shot away

That was the best part of it all. The view, the sun, the moment, magical. After an hour or so, I got a few random shots.

The pier after the sun rose

The pier after the sun rose

 

A section of the pier heading to the mainland

A section of the pier heading to the mainland

 

Getting ready to fish

Getting ready to fish

 

Random shots

Random shots

 

Some bokeh on the sand

Some bokeh on the sand

I love these wrist bands. I got them last year from a special person and they won’t be leaving my wrists in a long while. My two favorite lenses, the nifty fifty and the 24-70.

The nifty fifty

The nifty fifty

Just as we were leaving the beach, we came across a man carrying lobsters that he told us  he got from fishermen and was going to sell to some men who later sell them to the Chinese who sell them overseas for 10k! Such a great deal of cash.

This is him holding the lobster

This is him holding the lobster

 

A silhouette  of the lobster

A silhouette of the lobster

 

Lobster eyes. This isn't the prettiest of creatures, I can assure you...

Lobster eyes. This isn’t the prettiest of creatures, I can assure you…

We came back later  in the afternoon…

Black and white pier

Black and white pier

While walking, I saw this deserted boat… This is how I imagined it in my mind…

Deserted

Deserted

 

JUBA.....

JUBA…..

 

JUBA....

JUBA….

Walking further, I saw a green rocky place that came close to what I have been wanting to shoot. Long exposures of water and rocks. It didn’t quite turn out as I esxpected, but being my first attempt, I was happy with the result. I’ll be going back whenever, to try it again.

Silky rocks

Silky rocks

 

More rocks

More rocks

Rocks

Vasco Da gama was interestingly right beside us.

Vasco Da gama was interestingly right beside us.

The next day, we were up early due to certain circumstances and we caught the sun rising though the wind was too strong and gave us a bad beating! The sand was being escorted to the ocean and it looked like a conveyor belt of sorts.

Anne chose to enjoy the wind for the sake of the shot.

Anne chose to enjoy the wind for the sake of the shot.

After the wind died down, we proceeded to the ocean. This was the fun part, the laughs and the banter, top notch.

Arial view of the ocean

Arial view of the ocean

This is after the wind died down

This is after the wind died down

 

Low angle perspecytive of the waves

Low angle perspective of the waves

 

Some more waves

Some more waves

And more waves, this time just a few metres past the shore

And more waves, this time just a few metres past the shore

Some silhouettes

Levi discovered he was ready to audition for an acrobatic role as a side job.

Levi discovered he was ready to audition for an acrobatic role as a side job.

And a jumpstagram of myself shot by Levi

And a jumpstagram of myself shot by Levi

 

I will not say anything..... ;)

I will not say anything….. ;)

 

The group shot was supposed to be simultaneous, but there's always that on person who spoils the photo... tsk

The group shot was supposed to be simultaneous, but there’s always that on person who spoils the photo… tsk

This was a pretty fun experience and I look forward to visiting the coast again and even more places, our country has so much to offer. Until next time, feel free to re-read and share the post if you like it.

 

 

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Also, I have prints available, if interested, contact me.

Cheers!

Reptile encounter

Before I even start typing…(already did that) I must say that I have been suffering. Suffering from a serious ailment. I was not hospitalised and I did not spread the ailment to anyone, infact I don’t even know how I contracted the disease. BUT I got the cure to this disease. Ladies and gents, cover ye not your mouths lest you intend to catch it, I have no intention of spreading it to you. I introduce laziness. A very bad disease. I have not blogged in a year. A year. I will not even say more but I feel like I am the worst let down. However, I am now back but with a very bad cold. It’s pointless of me to write about my cold… who doesn’t have one? Especially with this weather.  This cold however is caused by dust, dust emanating from all the cobwebs and dust balls I found when I came back to this site. I’ve cleaned up though, I’m now healing. Anyway, sorry for inundating you with my disease stories. I’m just happy to be back at this. I’d say for the whole time I’ve been away, a lot has happened in my life and I’m thankful to God for everything. I will be sharing some of  those things here. So you can drop by once in a while and catch up.

 

A week ago, I had mentioned on my Instagram profile how I made a new cool friend recently while in Nyeri who can do stuff that none of my friends can do… YET! I’m not saying that my friends are not cool, they are, in their own ways, but not on this level of cool. Meet Mr. Chameleon. This small guy is too slow for life but he metamorphs on demand,(demand being how the environment treats him). He can also do crazy stuff too, like stretches which some of us barely can. :D . Enough with the ego rubbing and flattering, let me show you how my encounter with him for the first time went.

I snuck up to him first… with a little help from my cousin George. At first he was not friendly at all. I guess it’s his personality… But he barely lightened up giving me this cold, old and grumpy gaze.  As you can see from the first time we looked at each other…

Cold gaze Chameleon

If you look at him keenly, you’ll notice that you can’t really tell what he’s looking at. Both eyes seem to be minding their own business.

Squinty eyed chameleon

This is the kind of look to tell you that you should really be minding your own business.

Huh?

 

At this point, I was getting these funny look that I had to get used to. I’d had enough so I went on to see what else this guy can do apart from giving cold stares. Turns out he reaches out for what he wants to cling to in a really cool way.

Swinging chameleon

He then decided he had more to show. At this point I was getting intrigued and him feeling like an acrobat…. He hangs

Hanging chameleon

 

Cool guy yeah?

Work out chameleon

At this point I was busy clicking away. The last time I had checked my screen to see what I had shot, I left him hanging (literally).. Then I found him swinging. Monkey business…. Good thing he can’t read so he won’t know I said his antics are equivalent to monkey business. :-p

Swinging chameleon

Then after treating me to all this fun, he had to leave. I promised I would share his tricks with my circle of friends so this post is my attempt to make him famous.

Chameleon

 

And that, ladies, gentlemen and chameleons, is how my new friend looks like. Hopefully I will muster enough courage to keep one of his species as a pet as someone had suggested.

I hope this leaves you green with envy (pun intended).

 

Fete De La Musique… My First Concert

I wake up one friday morning and log in to twitter. Bam! Sauti Sol retweeted some tweet about them having a free concert on that day. That wasn’t it. It was FREE!! You get?? By now you should picture the Kenyan in me. :)  Happy as I was, I began spreading the word to my friends. After several hours I had my “crew”. We went to KICC earlier (pictures on the way)… then went to Alliance Francais later where it all began. Fete de la Musique.  Enough with the talking and now to the visuals. Enjoy. :)

My friend denise glowing. :)

My friend denise 2nd from left glowing. :)

Timmy Nightway deep in the song.
Timmy Nightway deep in the song.

Denise and her crew singing in French... sigh...I wish I understood, but the voices were golden.

Denise and her crew singing in French… sigh…I wish I understood, but the voices were golden.

Calling unto the heavens.

Calling unto the heavens.

Scott the Violinist does magic on his violin. MAD TALENT!

Scott the Violinist does magic on his violin. MAD TALENT!

I love this photo. :)

I just love this photo more than the rest. :)

This had that Concert in LED lights  feel all over..

This had that Concert in LED lights feel all over..

My company for the night. Amazing people. :)

My company for the night. Amazing people. :)

Levi and Tracy warming upto the lens.

Levi and Tracy warming upto the lens.

This Maasai guy had an amazing song!

This Maasai band had amazing songs!

Slum drummers

Slum drummers

Spotlight.

Spotlight.

Tradition written all over.

Elation written all over.

Sauti Sol stepped in in style.

Sauti Sol stepped in in style.

Fashion.

Fashion.

Chimano in his zone.

Chimano in his zone.

Still the one.. such a beautiful song. :)

Still the one.. such a beautiful song. :)

Ready for take off.. Or a dance style perhaps?

Ready for take off.. Or a dance style perhaps?

Didnt know a guitar could bring so much joy.

Didnt know a guitar could bring so much joy.

Group photo. :)

Group photo. :)

And a final group one for the blog. :)

And a final group one for the blog. :)

Hope you enjoyed the visit! Come back again for more next time. :)

Feel free to leave a comment behind. I want to grow BIGGER!

 

Community Service- A golden experience.

Its been a minute, but i’m back now. Well, for the first photo post, I’d like to share my experience while doing my community service.

It’s so sad that we forget to appreciate the litte that we have or the simple things that we have in  life, e.g a body, family, a brain, the simplest of them. They’re never to be taken for granted. This was after my 1 and a half month community based attachment.

While at Happy Life Children’s home, there was so much energy in the kids. You could feel it in them. You could see it. But the one thing they lacked was a family. However, due to the efforts of one Peter Ndung’u Kamau (the Director, who had COPY PASTED names as I had ;) ), they had a large family. The place has infants, toddlers and grown kids, in the region of 3 to 8years. It was painful to learn that some of them were abandoned in the most unimaginable conditions…. Innocent, as I was told, was abanboned in a pit latrine… How do you even do that…?? Children are a blessing and should be treated as real gems. Luckily, he is in the process of adoption. I loved that kid. May God bless your soul buddy. I had favorites… who doesn’t? Mine was a kid by the name Maxine and another, Jaden. How i wish I could be able to adopt them…unfortunately, my age doesn’t allow (I’m 18+ though), but I wish them well. I know God won’t let them suffer. Well, I dont want to keep at this for so long, but all I want to say is that, we should simply be grateful. It never costs us anything to thank God for the little that we have. Below are some of the pictures of my time with the kids. Enjoy.

She was left at a hospital...

She was left at a hospital…

I love this kid to.. He had a funny name, though, whit. :)

I love this kid too.. He had a funny name, though, whit. :)

My favorite infant.. Jaden. Very cute guy.

My favorite infant.. Jaden. Very cute guy.

Edward biting the covers... feeling the cold.. it was on a cold day. :(

Edward biting the covers… feeling the cold.. it was on a cold day. :(

Shot this on my phone.. didnt edit it.. i believe we looked too good. ;)

Maxine and I.Shot this on my phone.. didnt edit it.. i believe we looked too good. ;)

Very peaceful when asleep... playful when awake. I loved this guy too!

Innocent is very peaceful when asleep… playful when awake. I loved this guy too!

Well, thats how my community service was. I had a good time!

Be sure to visit the blog for more. It’s just the beginning. :)

Images on the blog are mine. Where borrowed, the credit is due to the owner. (I’m sucker to image ownership ever since I started photography)

Post number 1

Well, here I am right? With all the technology exposure in the 21st century, lets just say this was long overdue. :)

Who am I? My name is Peter. Peter Ndung’u. Currently 19 years of age. Petersize10 is the other name. Why? Ummm.. lets see, having crazy friends, they deemed me as having a big foot at 16 years old. Size 10. Originally ‘kiatu namba kumi’ but I translated it to make it look a bit decent. I nailed it, right? I am a Law Student. So anyway, I used to be a writer… until…. (I dont 

know what happened) lets say it faded.. its a light that still flickers, though dim. Along the way, I discovered I can do lots of things. I dance as a hobby.  Am always sober. I tweet.  I play soccer, tennis, and I get physical by, here goes, beating about the bush, like I am now instead of going to the main reason ive decided to start blogging. SMH. 

So, back to business, I begin blogging today. Honestly its an idea Ive been sitting on, like mother hen on her eggs. Today I finally say, why not? Thank you WordPress for this opportunity. The reason I begin blogging is coz of my newly discovered passion. (Drumrolls)..PHOTOGRAPHY. Yes. I love the lens, object, image and all other related terms in this field. I have always struggled with poor or for lack of better words, poor quality cameras. Lets just say Im not one to automatically close my eyes and wish for a 22 megapixel camera in my hands and voila! it appears.It has to come through  struggle. Basically, I should say that Im happy to start this journey and leave the loooong story behind. :)

Recently, for the past month or 2, I have stumbled upon blogs. Thye all happened to be photography related. It all started with the one and only Mutua Matheka. I spent roughly 3 hours reading and re-reading it. I loved it. You really get confused trying to figure out what goes through his mind when he’s looking for that angle or that shot or that final image that he wants. Thrilling is how I would term it. Great work Mutua. Then came Kitots. His first post inspired me. Wait till I saw the images of his work with Thogi. Christ! EYEGASMS! Then  there was Thandiwe Muriu. HER  work.. Oiii!! (notice HER, is in capital) I thought Thandiwe was male, until I saw her feature recently on The Standard. Sorry Thandiwe, if you ever see this just know man is to err and i am human. :) I loved her work and it proved to me that this field is not only male dominated. Big up Thandiwe. Then there was Victor Peace, a personal friend, though we dont talk much, I admire his work, you can tell its real passion. Joe Makeni, Ben Kiruthi, Emmanuel Jambo and Sabore. The list is endless. Thats where my inspiration came from. I have their blogs/ websites as bookmarks just to review them as I grab a snack or something. Pure

 talent.

So, Im not doing this alone. Im able to do this with a friend. Ian Kimathi. Popularly known as Ian Twix. Through the support of his parents with whom I have a funny relationship with, they believed in us and Twix Photography was born. Through this, we aim to be one of the best in this field. Im sure we will. Im open to criticsms, positive and negative, thay all build us as individuals. So, stick around as the journey begins. Quitting is not in my vocab. 

Thank you God for the opportunity and for helping me realise my passion and interest.

Cheers and see you soon!  

¬Pierre¬