Chinga Dam: The Making Of

I reached out to Lucy Nyawira sometimes back and asked her if we could go out for a boat ride in Nyeri County, Central Kenya. Lucy was a finalist in 2016 Mr and Miss Albinism Kenya. Thats how this concept came about, I had no idea what we'd shoot there but at the back of my mind I had plenty of concepts to explore, just that I didn't know which since I prefer seeing the location first so that I can determine what kind of actions can be going on there.

Here's what we captured;

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I've never been to Chinga dam so I had to rush there and scout the location. When scouting for a location I usually look at several elements like the shape of the landscape, light penetration, security, safety, accessibility, local contacts or guides and others.

Previously part of a larger project, I scaled it down to that specific shoot due to some issues arising like safety and accessibility in some other locations that I had identified earlier on during my scouting. I was lucky to meet friendly and amazing locals who were so welcoming and ready to help.

Organizing and working with a team of more than 10 people is quite challenging but I love challenges, they make me stronger. I'm glad we could pull of this thing together as a team. The rest part of planning I feel is history now.

On the shoot day, We had a tight shooting period of 19 minutes for the first frame shot just before the sun rises 5.57am -6.20am during the short blue hour period, immediately after we were to shoot the second frame as the sun was rising. The transition time between frame one and two was as short as 10 minutes, thanks to the huge team who helped me out.

Now it was time to drift away to the cold, deep waters, with two fishing boats, one of the best experiences. 😊 The only thing I can't forget about Chinga dam is its beautiful, silent and almost still life and the breathtaking view that was made perfect by the Aberdare Ranges in the background.

The freezing morning hour was the only problem we faced, we were literally freezing, my hands were all numb and so was everyone else's, i'm personally not used to such weather but sacrifices had to be made, thanks to the friendly fisherman who lit a bonfire to save us from the nightmare.

Some BTS photos from the shoot,

 I liked the low leaking light that cut across the trees, it was purely magical.

I liked the low leaking light that cut across the trees, it was purely magical.

 Tired and freezing, Lucy was 'all done' when i took this shot just after we had wrapped up the shoot.

Tired and freezing, Lucy was 'all done' when i took this shot just after we had wrapped up the shoot.

 Aberdare's Ranges in the background where the sun cast its first rays and the blue hour period was over!

Aberdare's Ranges in the background where the sun cast its first rays and the blue hour period was over!

 It was all dark, foggy, windy and unending creepy frog croaks...with alot to cordinate at the same time.

It was all dark, foggy, windy and unending creepy frog croaks...with alot to cordinate at the same time.

 Mr. Mwangi, local fisherman

Mr. Mwangi, local fisherman

 Mr. Kariuki, local fisherman

Mr. Kariuki, local fisherman

 5.30 A.M, assembling the equipments.

5.30 A.M, assembling the equipments.

 

BTS Video; ( http://bit.ly/2jbtBVv )

Special thanks to all the amazing team who helped me create these images;

Peter Pekat- Producer

Lucy Nyawira- Model

Beata Otieno (Ojwa Styling)- Stylist

Kate Waititu (Kanai Beauties)- Make Up Artist

Bridgette Hanjari- Designer

Ian Kola (Ojwa Styling)- Styling Assistant

Murayan (waire films)- BTS Videographer

Jack- Uber Driver

Mr. Kariuki and Mr. Mwangi- Fishermen

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