Sunset over Amboseli Game Reserve; July 1978.

With something definitely more striking than natural in mind, I’ve scanned this 34 year old slide into digital and then taken it into SEP2 as a .tiff .  Contrast and structure have been raised, grain added, and then some of the sunset’s wonderful colours restored.  The top of the dark cloud, directly above the sun, shows a nice luminous edge.

The trees are Yellow-barked Acacias or “Fever Trees”, that grow around the lakes in Amboseli’s otherwise very dry (and extremely dusty!) environment.

OM-1 with 75mm-150mm Zuiko at 150mm;  Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; converted to mono, and re-coloured, in Silver Efex Pro 2.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Gorgeous image Adrian!


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  3. Adrian says:

    That is beautiful Adrian!


  4. krikitarts says:

    I too am deeply involoved in resurrecting old slides, scanning them, restoring their color and original condition, and saving the resulting digital image. It’s frightening how much they can deteriorate over the years; some of my favorites are especially plagued with mold filaments, and the restoration can take as long as making a fine print in the darkroom used to take. The results can be wonderfully rewarding, though, and this beautiful new old one of yours is a definite case in point. A great idea for another post!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Gary! I haven’t had any trouble with mold yet – although both the OM-1 and OM-2 cameras that I used in Africa are full of it. Some of the Agfa CT18 slides are going a little bluey purple >>> but if I’m unsuccessful in removing this colouration, I take them into mono and let SEP2 loose on them – as in the one above!

      I’m a little naive re technology, and I’m still rather astounded when a slide that I was holding in my hands only minutes ago is scanned and pops up on my PC screen – I still find that very impressive. Thanks again, Adrian


  5. Adrian Lewis says:

    Thank you, kind words, Meanderer!

    Being non-technical – how do you get on with pencil sharpeners by the way? – you’re probably not interested, but it might be worth taking a peek at SEP2…



    • Meanderer says:

      I’d need to go off and check but I believe I have a pretty cool German one. I used to draw but my pencils have been put into dry dock in recent years.

      SEP2 is probably a bit on the expensive side I guess. I have an Irfan and a GIMP to help with minor adjustments including B&W conversions. I’m just not much of a consumer these days.


  6. Meanderer says:

    Beautiful Adrian. I tend to skip over technical stuff so I’m quite content with ‘Sunset over Amboseli Game Reserve’. Wonderful image.


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