It has been very quiet in here. I can hear crickets and pin drops. I have been out of the blogging scene for quite a while owing to work commitments. First I was in Libreville eating poulette nyembwe (chicken in peanut butter sauce). And then I was out in France riding the Roue De Paris and chasing an opportunity to see whether Mona Lisa still has that enigmatic smile or not. I noticed a plan emerging: I was in all French speaking countries and I spoke no French. I was lucky to still make my way through predominantly French territory with a bonjour here and a com si com sa there.
I had very little shooting opportunities when I was in Libreville because I left my camera. I was there for my first job and had to put my paying hobby on the back burner. Plus I had heard a little about restrictions with taking pictures in Libreville. You don’t want to carry your camera around in a country where they expressly say you can’t take pictures of certain fixtures. To be safe and protect my gear, I decided to leave it behind. I didn’t even dare to carry my point and shoot with me. I made do with the phone though I was only shooting flowers and nothing more. Well, unless it was a head bopping lizard with a yellow head and a black body. It was an altogether good business visit and I would do it again. Work was good and very productive and that is what I like.
The hotel where I stayed in Libreville hosted a lot of weddings for the three weekends I was there. And I noticed a lot of photographers have heavily invested in their craft. They were shooting with 5D Mark IIIs equipped with 2.8 L versions of the Canon 24-70 and 70-200 lenses. And then the video guys were shooting with Black Magic gear. I must confess that up until my visit to Libreville, I had not seen anyone shooting with a Black Magic camera. I didn’t even know that there was camera equipment called Black Magic. Pardon my ignorance; I am still very new at this. But I learn every day. I even observed a few shooting tricks from the guys there and I hope to use them one day when I am shooting a wedding.
Paris offered more shooting opportunities – but again, I was in class for 8 hours of the day and could only shoot after class. I was lucky to be there in summer when the days are super long. The sun was out all the way till 10 PM I the evening. My first shooting opportunity was Disneyland for a full day and I came out with a lot of exciting images. I even tried a long exposure in broad day light. I didn’t even use any Auto Exposure Bracketing to shoot one of the long exposure images. I can’t say I am heating up; but I am more comfortable manipulating the camera settings in manual mode than I was over a year ago.
|Entrance to the Disney Studios Park|
|Slow shutter speed capture of Dumbo's ride|
The rest of week in Paris was mostly about shooting the Tour de Eiffel. Any chance I got, I took a photo of this metal lattice that stands very tall in Paris. I shot it from close range, a little further and even on a moving tour boat, the Bateaux Mouches. By the way, the Bateaux Mouches is arguably the best way to see Paris. Try it when you get a chance to go there.
|Musee du Louvre|
|Tour De Eiffel shot from the Roue De Paris|
|Bridges connecting Ille De La Cite to the rest of the city|
|Tour de Eiffel from the Bateaux Mouches|
|Locks of Love|
When I came back, I was the official photographer for Yiliwaka’s bridal party. I am not sure how well you remember some of my posts, but I shot Yiliwaka’s engagement to Morgan and they were so happy with the work I did that I was hired to shoot the bridal party and I will shoot the wedding. And what’s more, I will shoot the wedding with one of the “Rock Star” wedding photographers I have had the opportunity to shoot with. Yeah, you guessed right if your guess is Jason J. Mulikita of JJ Arts Photography. He is a vry selfless photographer who shares openly about the art of photography.
|The decor at Yiliwaka's bridal shower|
|Another one of the bride shot with OCF|
Looking forward, I have a couple of shoots coming up. I will start with a model shoot for a model who would like to enter into the 2015 edition of the Zambia Fashion Week. I am geared to give this shoot my all and experiment more with off camera flash. Then I have a weeding in September, a Ball in November and another wedding in December. In between, I will keep perfecting my skill and work hard to become better at what I love doing.