ARCHIVE 260 – CAPE EAGLE OWL
November 22, 2016 6 Comments
Cape Eagle Owl, Teleki Valley, Mt Kenya; August 1978.
Trekking up to the summit of Mt Kenya, we were spending the night in a hut in Teleki Valley. We were at an altitude somewhere around 14,000 feet and, even here on the equator, nights this high up are very cold. I was out for a last look around before darkness fell, when suddenly this wonderful creature was staring impassively out at me from the valley wall.
A telephoto would obviously have been the thing, but the light was failing fast and I was using slow colour transparency film – so my sole option was to go at it with my 50mm f1.4 lens. I crawled towards it very slowly, firng as I went in case it should disappear, and here is the (enlarged) result.
This is a fairly radical enlargement of a colour slide over 30 years old and the grain is starting to take over. But the bird’s left eye shows ok and the deterioration in picture quality is starting to push this image towards something more impressionistic and painterly – or is that just wishful thinking???
OM-1 with 50mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide rated at 64 ISO.