Portrait photography on the streets of Nairobi – Wakesho Mrashui

Portrait photography on the streets of Nairobi

We did this shoot a few weeks ago when Covid was a China thing and the streets of Nairobi were unfortunately dirty. Wakesho showcased her modeling skills despite the fact it was a busy Saturday afternoon. I have no idea where she got the courage to walk and pose on the streets. I shot the series on Sony a6500 and 35mm f1.8 lens and the performance was good. But I miss the 85mm f1.8 lens. The lens used to give very sharp images and the blur was to die for mazeh! But I lost the lens and camera one year ago. The unfortunate encounter forced me to get a 35mm lens which is currently favourite video lens.

Portrait photography on the streets of Nairobi

Portrait photography on the streets of Nairobi

Wakesho Mrashui 

Wakesho Mrashui 

I picked the Sony 35mm f1.8 lens at Cameras Kenya and used it to shoot a corporate event, street, and music videos. The lens has many advantages and one of them is the fact that it makes a crop sensor feel like a full-frame camera. You will be able to get a 50mm full-frame perspective when you use the lens. This fact makes it an all-round lens for the Sony a6500.

I was able to shoot in tight spaces and include other things in the frame. On the other end, you won’t be able to get a realistic view when you are using a 50mm on a crop sensor camera. Another advantage of the 35mm is the fact it’s able to allow more light in the camera when shooting in dark places. The f1.8 capability came in handy when I shot a music video later that night.

To add on that, the lens made it easy for me to compose my portraits on the streets of Nairobi hence making good use of lines, patterns, and other fascinating photography rules.

Model: Wakesho Mrashui 

Location: Nairobi Kenya

Camera: Sony a6500

Lens: Sony 35mm f1.8

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