The view south from Baboon Cliffs at Lake Nakuru, Kenya; 27 Apr 1980.

Looking out across the lake on a calm day – which, in this area of convectional rainfall, can often turn into a towering thunderstorm later in the afternoon.

Nakuru is a soda lake in the rift valley’s floor and this view looks southwards down the rift.  The hills on the horizon, below the white clouds, are a group of small volcanoes, and the freshwater Lake Naivasha is just over the horizon to the left of them. 

Technique: OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko lens and polariser; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.

UPDATE: the polarising filter – arguably the most useful filter of them all in these digital days – produces the very deep blue of the sky at upper right, the good definition of the clouds below that blue and (even in this ancient, scanned slide), good clarity of view off into the distance. 


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. bluebrightly says:

    What a gorgeous scene, and I can see the film color/effect, which I like. There’s something warm about it, don’t you think?


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, when I went to Kenya in 1977, the slide film choices were limited – various Kodaks, and Agfa. I thought the Kodaks gave a rather bluish look that I didn’t like. But I’d been using Agfa CT18 in England and liked its warm, brownish hues – and it was just right for African landscapes – and there was a processing lab in Nairobi too – so it was certainly my film of choice – often used, as here, with a lovely little 28mm lens on my (truly wonderful!) Olympus OM-1 camera.


  2. Beautiful image 😄


  3. LensScaper says:

    What a beautiful view. Isn’t it great to be able to scan the old stuff and give it a second life. I may have asked you this before (but if so have forgotten the answer): what scanner do you use?


  4. paula graham says:

    Wonderful area of the globe. It must fill you with nostalgia to look back over your time there.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes it does, absolutely; and its so long ago, nearly three decades, that sometimes its hard to believe it was all true. And I know that today’s Kenya is not the one I knew, it is far more global and modern, and so returning there is not something I want to do.


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