Thursday, May 5, 2011

So we are friends with this awesome photographer, called Frank. He has just started amateur photography which is absolutely beautiful, he is a fellow blogger who decided for a fee of food and juice to take pictures of Mary and I. You can see the pictures on his blog here, http://pikchaguy.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/sana-sana-kurly-kichana/. He agreed to answer some questions for us;

1. What was your earliest memory that ties to photography?

My earliest memory in regards to photography…. That would be the first encounter I ever had with a Film-SLR camera. My dad had been visited by one of his friends who so happened to be a photographer. He’d come to our home with 3 film-SLR cameras and I was so fascinated by them I asked to take a look at one. I examined the Olympus camera that had quite a lens on it and it was quite different than any other camera I’d seen before. That is when the fire was lit under my seat, so to speak. Hehe… Ever since then I’ve been interested in photography. I’ve always been the self-appointed aficionado when it comes to cameras in my family. Well, cameras and an array of other gadgets as well.

2. Franklyn, do you have a favorite Walk-Around-Lens... If so what is it?

My favorite walk-about lens would have to be the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens, which is on my wish-list so if anyone out there (including you guys at Kurly Kichana) is feeling sufficiently philanthropic, you can find it here. After that, the nifty 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8 is a very versatile and useful lens to have while walking about. Plus it is really small and incognito so you can capture the moments discretely. It’s also has very sharp image quality and works well in low light situations.

3. Which one item of equipment would you say is the most important to you?

Well apart from the camera and a lens or two, the most important item I’d say is vital is an extra battery. You never know when you will need it. I always have that on my person; that and an extra memory card or two. I’ve recently began shooting in RAW format and that takes up so much space in the memory cards but it gives me much more control in post production. So an extra battery and an extra memory card, very important bits of kit they are.

4. In general, during a session, how many pictures would you say you take to find "the right one"?

I find that “the right one” always creeps up and bites you on the behind. It’s always that moment that you notice an image so striking and this is when your instincts as a photographer come into play. You adjust what needs adjusting and frame your subject as fast as possible before the moment passes. Usually, this all happens in a split second, so you need to be alert when you are on the prowl as a photographer or else you miss the opportunity. Other than that, I usually find it easy to capture the right image because I always have an idea of what I’m looking for before I take the picture. By applying a few simple rules and principles of photography, you can make every other photo a keeper. Most times 1 out of 4/5 is the one I will keep.

5. What inspires you?

My inspiration comes from various places. My first inspiration would be women. I love women in all shapes and sizes and in my opinion; the beauty of a woman is unparalleled. I try to capture that in my work as much as possible. Great photos also form a great source of inspiration to me as I’m sure it does to most photographers. When I see a great photo I always wonder to myself, “Can I do that?” Most of the time, I end up trying to mimic great images and that always leads to beautiful surprises.

6. How do you decide on locations and subjects?

Most times my subjects come to me in form of a client and for these cases it’s relatively east to pick a location. Location is always a secondary concern to me. I feel that as long as the subject is captured the way I want, the location can be manipulated to work in our favor. Of course, other times, the subject and location are determined for you and your work is to capture the image. These spontaneous moments are there in plenty, and as a photographer, you have to be ready to seize the opportunity when it arises.

7. What is the toughest situation or position that you've gone through to get "The Perfect Shot"?

Well most of the time the work is relatively easy and all I have to do is move into position, point and click. But there was one project that was, hands down, the toughest; in terms of getting the perfect shot and that was the ROAD RAGE set that I did.

This was an idea that was put in my head by my cousin Arnold Buyu. He’s a crazy man this one but it was just too great an idea to ignore. In fact, I might have to give him a call and revisit the concept. Basically, we had to stand in the middle of the highway (Lang’ata Road) with a tripod, capturing 30 second exposures and avoiding death by the oncoming rush hour traffic of all these tired and hungry Langata Road-ians. It was very nerve wracking but it was sooo worth it in the end. We almost got run over for real about 2 times but he was keeping the cars from running me over as I stood there in the middle of the highway, taking pictures.

8. What other photographers inspire you?

Locally, the photographers that inspire me are Sebastian Wanzalla, Mutua Matheka, James Quest, and Ben Kiruthi (to name a few). These guys are setting the standards as far as great photography, great ideas /concepts and professionalism and that is inspiring to me as an up-and-comer. Also, recently, some friends of mine at Magic Lens (Migwa and Poji) have started taking their photography seriously and are doing great stuff. It’s always inspiring to see people I know doing great photos. That makes me work harder to give others a reason to look at a photo and go like, “WOW! That’s a great photo.”

9. Do you have a signature shot or style that you feel defines your work?

My signature style, I’d describe it as brutally honest. I hardly ever do touch ups and make people look like dolls via postproduction. I do my best to capture the best possible representation of my subjects and I reserve photoshop and other post-production for ‘serious’ photo-manipulation. I say ‘serious’ because I’m not a very serious person. I’m very laid back.

10. What is the most challenging thing about being an aspiring professional photographer?

Correction: I’m an aspiring photographer who, to the best of my abilities, maintains professional standards in the way I carry myself. That said, the most challenging thing I’d say I’ve faced is creating a niche/reputation for myself as a photographer. Every day I grow and change and keeping my audience in-tune with my style and work is a challenge. Also, carving out a business reputation is an uphill struggle and everyday I’m striving to keep to and surpass my ambitions and goals in business and in photography.

11. What plans do you have for the future?

I plan to keep doing what I’m doing and expand my business reach and brand awareness. Also, I plan to open my own studio that does everything related to photography from selling equipment to offering classes to those interested while not forgetting the core business of taking great photographs. That and to capture and create images that leave viewers speechless and dumbfounded! I like to blast people’s minds with awesome. Just call me Barney Stintson. Lol.

And if somewhere along the way I’d get the chance to work with the great photographers mentioned above and those not mentioned I’d be very grateful and fortunate.

12. What gallery would you love to have your pictures viewed, if at all. And if not, why would that be so?

I’d like to exhibit my work at The Goethe Institut, Alliance Francais, at the various festivals that celebrate African heritage and Artists like in Zanzibar and Lamu and possibly even further afield in South Africa, New York, Paris…whatever I achieve will be due to my God-given gifts and a little bit of charm ;-)

To see more of his work please visit, http://pikchaguy.wordpress.com/

He also does wedding and personal photoshoots with reasonable charges.

Happy Thursday

Curly-Natural-Me said...

I visited his blog and i looove your photos. Such nice work!

Kiki Rocks Kinx said...

The photos are gorgeous!!!! And he's supposed to be an amateur??

Nyachomba said...

@Curly-natural-me....Thanks...he is pretty good aint he?
@Kiki Rock Kinx...some amateur right hehehe

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