Beautiful Sunrise from the Reef

Got a chance to go the coast, SGR train ride to Mombasa the other day. Been lucky to always get time out to travel as part of work and with it goes my gear too. In my mind i had already planned for all the places that i wanted to visit, the images that i wanted to take and this time round i needed minimal gear to carry. The one thing i was looking forward to was the beautiful sunrise from the sea. 

I barely slept the first night despite being tired as i was already looking forward to the morning which appeared as fast as i closed my eyes. 6 o'clock i was up and was surprised that it was still dark. I set my camera, tripod and lens ready for a walk out,drew open the curtains and got back to bed after checking on the phone app to confirm the time that the sun would be out

I kept staring out and after 15 minutes or so later, i found my way down to the beach of the Reef Hotel. As the light started coming out of the clouds, i was already set with my composition. The rest is as below as the sun was coming out

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At some point, the light became too bright for my settings and I made a choice to close the aperture and reduce the shutter speeds to allow for less light at a time. The sky seemed dark again for me to try and get as much details as possible

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Within 45 minutes I was able to create dynamic images some of which looked like were done at sunset. Such beauty and calmness that morning that one would not mind waking up to each and every day of their life


Spaces, Shapes and Sizes of the SGR ride to Mombasa

After a long and anxious wait, i finally got to ride the SGR to and fro Mombasa. There had been many talks about the ride, the early arrival and check in processes, the long tiresome journey and many other assumptions that were running through my head before then. But the day finally arrived. I was lucky to get a window seat on the right side of the second coach. I was happy as i knew that side was facing the Nairobi National Park down towards hippo pools, Athi river town, Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks

I decided to document the whole journey in images as that is the best way i know of how to tell a story. The journey started exactly as timed by eight o'clock and the  amazing slow ride got us past Athi river station and out into the wilderness where man and animals were co-existing peacefully. Thomson Gazelles, Zebras, Giraffes could be seen near homes and no one seemed to mind as they went about their businesses. Athi River station was the first stop that we made to pick up some passengers and thereafter, on we went to Emali station for another stop. This time i was already armed with my Canon at hand

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The shapes of the stations started coming to light. The magnificence of the buildings, the officers outside saluting as the train passed was on another level. Emali Station seemed not to have many passengers to be picked as we saw only one or two people alight that morning. Again we started off and along we went at good speeds that were being indicated on the upper front of the coaches. Sights to be hold where everywhere, infrastructure, culture, people, hills and wildlife

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Along the lanes were monumental structures some of which seemed quite old and new ones emerging besides them. From schools to homes, churches to mosques and farm lands where all along the lane. The main road was on the right side and being a Monday there was not much traffic at this time of day. Only a few trucks and matatus could be seen on the road. Kibwezi station was the next stop and we arrived some minutes past ten o'clock

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I think by being curious and looking outside for what different experiences there were, made me not to notice how fast time was moving. The many stories of how the journey was long and boring by this time did not make sense to me. I was very anxious to see the next place, the next sight, the next opportunity to snap fast. As Jason Lanier often says it " You only have one chance to get it right" and so i tried to make it count. And here it all came out to play, no set ups, no trials and only that one push of the button at the right time. The scenes outside were different from the every day scene in the office or in traffic. There was something new. Even Baobab trees seemed upside down :-) literally. Form Kibwezi, the next station was Mtito Andei by which the time was eleven O'clock

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Railway line does get Rusty

Busy trying to see what the station was like, i have no idea how long we stayed at Mtito Andei station. Unlike travelling in a bus, there was no getting out to buy meals. The coach had already provided tea or coffee for everyone and a restaurant was available for whatever anyone needed to bite. Did I mention they have a flush toilet that uses suction pressure and has many instructions to read for use? Found that hilarious by the way. The service was not five star as most would have expected but there is always room to accept things as they are without a hustle. And anyway, it was just for a few hours. So on we went from Mtito through man-eaters area in the Tsavo and further into the coastal region. Along the roads where some beautiful homes which seemed to be in the middle of no-where

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Mariakani Station

After a long and gentle quiet ride through the wilderness, Mariakani station just appeared out of nowhere. I think by now we had already passed several stations that i did not even know their names though was glad to be approaching the city of Mombasa. The weather had changed and despite being on AC from the beginning of the journey, the outside was showing different signs. Palm trees where becoming plenty, the house constructions models, the way of life of a people showed signs of the coastal region. And after several bends we came out to a clearing that led out to the station of Mombasa terminus

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The Mombasa Station

No sooner had we arrived, everybody seemed to rush out like they were late already. Not sure why but the atmosphere was calling for ease and calmness. Down the escalators and out the from door we went to get our transport to the city. The amazing construction done along the SGR lanes is something to wonder about. Kenya is indeed beautiful and with technology it is leading the pack in East Africa. One kamba visionary (Syokimau) in the past saw a long snake that was carrying humans passing through the Ukambani area. Am not sure whether he saw it in such magnificence as the SGR has made it. 

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African Bikers Fiesta - Fans

The event was held on the 7th - 8th weekend of April 2018 with fans trickling in from the city and nearby regions. All came in to enjoy their bikes, the sound of the machines at play and as a day out for their families. Others opted to camp at the venue.....(Psssst TGRV Circuit offers great accommodation spaces and camping facilities as well at great rates, call in to book in advance)

MachoniMwangu.Photography arrived early to catch the usual suspects in play as the big day was rolling off for the Race 1 finals of the under 400'cc bikes, 600'cc bikes and the big guns 1000'cc bikes. The Minimoto open challenge Round 1 was also scheduled for the day. This indeed was was panning out to be a great day. Outriders and dirt bike riders also came in for the event. The atmosphere was amazing from the beginning to the end of the day. Do not miss out on the next event

See here some of Machoni's fans, TSA (The SuperBike Association) fans and the whole biker family community fans that showed up for the event. 

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Watch this space for more images of the African Bikers Fiesta April 18 Event courtesy of The SuperBike Association, Kenya.

#LifeIsBeautiful, #Rideit/LiveIt

Celebrating Earth day 2018

With the death of Sudan the world's last male northern white rhino in the Ol Pajeta conservancy in Kenya in March 2018, concerns about its extinction became more clearer than before. If scientists are not able breed another male to sire calves with the remaining females, generations to come may not see these huge beautiful creatures. Some may only get to know about them in history through lessons in class or books just as we read about the dinosaurs in the old

As we celebrate Earth day 2018 geared towards going green, specifically encouraging use of more eco-friendly materials remember that every action has a consequence. A simple visit to the park to see nature is purely as a result of huge conservation efforts by the governments and communities. If we do not conserve every aspect of our environment, we may loose what is purely natural. Take a step and do your bit to conserve. Plant a tree or two

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A rhino grazing in the Nairobi National Park

People are being encouraged to reduce the use of plastics hence forth. The theme of Earth day 2018 is to End plastic pollution. It may not happen in a day, but a step at a time towards these efforts may go a long way. With the end of using plastic bags in kenya currently underway, it goes to show that it can be done. Take a step and make a pledge to stop the consumption of plastics

Conservation steps taken by all of us will assist save the earth. Its our civic duty to ensure that our environments are clean, to plant trees around us to ensure that we have adequate water and influence better climatic conditions. Someone once said that the flight of a butterfly in one part of the world will indeed influence the weather in another. It might be a small step, but it is a bold step

Offroad riders and Outdoor lovers

The first light at dawn, the calm fresh air, the clean earth that has been washed by the rains, the quiet sight of the gazelles grazing, the tale to tell of the sunbird probing the flowers . . . . Fresh outdoors with only two wheelers, 4X4's and cameras. Thats what i am talking about, thats what i am thinking of today. I just want to go away

The sort of weekend that wakes up at the crack of dawn in a field with flowing waters and rivers. The one time when you will wake up earlier than normal not because you are headed off to work and wont be late, but simply because you do not want to miss a moment with that early bird. 

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No matter what the weather, no matter the career, no matter the religion, no matter the colour; outdoor lovers and adventure riders are just simple people who will not be confined to the four corners of a room. The people who seek the thrill to story tell by the camp fire, listening to crickets and the fire crackers as the tell of the previous adventure. 

Most of the time it is just normal people loving the outdoors, riding for pure fun to even nature trailing simply for pure enjoyment. Heroes are not always professionals who are doing the extra-ordinary but normal people like you and I who do what they love. We just love waking up to different sights and sounds and with that the weekend is made. 

Super Bike Drag Race in Kenya 2018

A super bike drag race involves two participants lining up at a drag strip waiting signaling by a marshal for the race to start. These bikes race on a long two straight paved tracks and the rider to get to the finish line first is the winner. The race is about who is fast out of the drag strip, who can maintain a higher acceleration and which bike is in the best condition to take it. Experience here matters as small mistakes can prove to be costly.

Apart from the Ducatti panigale 1199R the drag winning bike, several other big super bikes graced the tracks. The likes of Yamaha R1M, Suzuki GSXR 750, Honda CBR 1000RR, Kawasaki ZX 1400r, Yamaha R6, Honda 600RR were here. These bikes were fast and getting them on motion at particular points was a lesson in itself.

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The bikes with similar CC,s were paired for the race and the racers got several chances to test their bikes. Muscle and endurance was also tested. The big boys and girls were all ready for the show. Though always riding together as a family, this was race day and everybody was here to show off skill, balls and what their bikes could do

With the increase of traffic in the Kenyan roads recently, the bike seems to be gaining acceptability as a means of transport beyond the adventure. Bike companies should consider taking up this huge opportunity to make available their guns for this market. Commuter bikes, Super bikes and adventure bikes most of all are being seen as the main type of two wheels that majority are gunning up for. Its an opportunity for any recognized company willing to set up shop, sell and maintain the product that will be able to make good margins in this

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Machoni Mwangu Photography was able to capture stunning images as they got the chance to spend time with family and friends

Ducatti Panigale 1199; The drag race winning Bike

The first ever East African drag race was held in Nairobi, Kenya two weekends ago. This saw the coming together of beautiful, fast and very well-tuned super-bikes to Exit 12 of the Thika super highway which was closed for this occasion. Therein saw the magnificence of the Ducatti Panigale 1199R racing in Kenya

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