Aquatic tortoise at the Hippo Pools, Nairobi National Park, Kenya; Oct 1979.

This colour slide has been converted to monochrome because this is a graphic image, its all about structure, and this is best shown in mono.

There are three compositional ingredients. First and most prominent are the sunlit trunks of the fallen tree, which make a bold texture right across the image.  Then there is oval area of sunlit water.  Finally, there is the tortoise, which is at a compositional strong point on the conjunction of the picture’s thirds and also within the halo of the milky, sunlit water.

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


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Sallyann says:

    Like it. 🙂
    It’s strangely eerie, but well rescued by the tortoise.
    Not at all what I expected, I’ve never seen a tortoise up a tree before. 😀

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Glad it gets to you, my friend – I know what you mean about eerie. And tortoise up a tree? >>> strange things happen in this world – when I worked in the deserts of Arabia, there were goats there (and maybe in northern Kenya too, I forget) that climbed up into low thorn trees to find greenery to eat – but they could only climb up, so to get back out of the trees they had to fall out, and there’d be a low thump, and the beast would get up, none the worse for it, and make for the next tree >>> “its raining goats!” 🙂

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  2. Malin H says:

    Excellent, Adrian!


  3. kaustavd says:

    This is one amazing shot and you are right, this picture is best shown in mono. It actually pointed out the subject of the picture better.


  4. Mono indeed. Fabulous! The sunlit trunks, the oval, the turtle. Love it! Great stuff. Bud. xxx


  5. paula graham says:

    Great stuff, love the tortoise’s pose, the cobwebs, the environment and your processing.


  6. iosatel says:

    Perfect in mono.


  7. Sue Vincent says:

    Clever photo… first glance said ‘barbed wire’… then I saw what it actually is 🙂


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