ARCHIVE 257 – THE SHORE AT LAKE NAKURU (MONO)
November 5, 2016 15 Comments
Dead trees on the shore of Lake Nakuru, in central Kenya; 27 Apr 1980. These trees grew beside the lake, but then were killed when the lake’s highly alkaline waters rose and flooded their roots.
Despite the fact that its over 30 years ago now, I can still remember taking this shot, which was originally in colour. I remember placing the nearest tree on the right of the frame, and liking it because it was partially sunlit, and because it was leaning into the frame.
Looking at it now, my eye is taken from this leaning tree, out across the bright sky reflections in the shallow pools of water, to the tree with a dense canopy, which looks rather like an upside down ice cream cone. This tree is also leaning into the frame, while being silhouetted against the bright sky, and just about at a compositional strong point in the picture, on the junction of the upper third and the left hand third.
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OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; converted to monochrome in Silver Efex Pro.