I had one major goal before embarking on this journey: to capture the quintessential African, sun filling frame, Lion King-esque sunset. I will never forget that third evening in Masaai Mara, Mike Gaudaur speeding along the dirt trails in the luxurious yet rugged Prado chasing the sunset as we climbed to a hilltop. At 400mm, with a bean bag stabilizing the largest lens I've ever strapped to my camera, my heart raced and my hands shook in pure excitement. It was perfection. Definitely top 5 most specifically memorable experiences of my life - and the opening clip of this video.
Few words describe the truly inspiring experiences in Kenya this summer. I was fortunate to be travelling with friend and classmate, Elise Watson, who had a healthy appetite for exploration and travel. I was also fortunate to be living with the Riches, who were amazing host parents. Much of the video is shot on safari in Masaai Mara with our incredible safari guide (and pro photographer) Mike Gaudaur. Some clips are from our day trips to Mt. Longonot (dormant volcano), Hell's Gate National Park, Nakuru Park (the flamingos), this missionary station of Kijabe, and our piki (dirt bike) ride with Josiah Rich through the Great Rift Valley chasing zebras and giraffes. For the month of June we lived life the way it is meant to be lived. Vigorously.
Shot on a 5D mark ii (17-40mm, 24-105mm, and a 100-400mm that Mike let me borrow). This was also the first real test of my GoPro HD Hero, and it withstood the rains, dust and winds of Africa like, well, a pro.
Thanks to everyone we met along our journey for enriching the experience. Enjoy!
Music: The Lion King's Circle of Life