As a freelance photographer/videographer you cover a wide variety of work, from easy to shoot stage productions, corporate videos, stock library footage/stills, DVD production, etc., through to something more exciting, such as travelling to exotic places.
One such project came out of the blue, On a cold November morning I received a phone call from a client I had never had any contact with before. Would I like to go to Kenya to produce a promotional DVD for Africa House Safaris? The project would start at the beginning of December and run through to 22 December. Needless to say, I didn’t have to think too hard about accepting this offer.
We started filming within one hour of landing at Nairobi, this is one of the few times that I have relied on the cameras autofocus, my eyes were too jet lagged to be of any real use. The video shows the accommodation and destinations that you can expect to see when you book an Africa House Safari.
We spent a couple of days staying just outside Nairobi staying at Giraffe Manor, these clips can be seen near the end of the video. Giraffe Manor was featured in movies such as White Mischief and Out of Africa. It is a spectacular manor house and as long as you don’t mind sharing your breakfast with Giraffes, it was great fun.
The assignment involved travelling several hundreds of miles around Kenya taking in some spectacular scenery in the Rift Valley to Lake Victoria as well as the Game reserves. David Sugden the CEO of Africa House Safaris lives in Kenya and knows the locations that would be of interest to any photographer or video production crew. He also has the eyes of an eagle and can spot most wildlife within minutes of arriving at any location, a real bonus for anyone wanting to capture spectacular wildlife shots.
The video was shot over a period of 18. days using a Sony EX3 video camera, supplemented with a range of Nikon lenses from 75 to 300mm. The video was captures at Full HD 1920 x 1080 with a frame rate of 30fps, this allows for BluRay production and easy downsampling to Standard Definition DVD. The video above has been reduced in size for YouTube publishing so it may have lost some of the fine detail. I also had a Nikon D90 which I had intended to do some video footage with, but as it turned out I only used this camera to capture stills.