Cormorant leaving its perch and flying off into the sunrise; Lake Nakuru, Kenya; January 1978.

Click onto the “early morning” tag (below) to see more images from the early hours of the day.

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Technique: Olympus OM-1 or OM-2; and a very quick (and lucky!) grab shot with a 400mm Vivitar telephoto.

UPDATE: a photo that reminds me of cold, clear dawns on the lake edge – yes, cold – although almost on the equator, Lake Nakuru is over a mile above sea level and dawns can be, by Kenyan standards at least, distinctly chilly.  Frosts occur not too far above this, in the mountains.

I forget which colour slide film I used – it might have been Kodak’s High Speed Ektachrome, which attained the dizzy heights of 160 ISO!  And which, if we were really daring, we could have push processed to 640 ISO – heady days indeed!

Sometime back, probably when I first posted this, one viewer remarked upon the similarity between the tree stump’s outspread shape to the bird’s outspread wings – a valuable point.


I’m re-posting photographs that I took in Kenya over 30 years ago.  You can find more context here .  Click onto the “Archive Kenya” tag (below) to see more of these film images from Kenya.


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. bluebrightly says:

    i like the blurred parts – AND the in-focus parts. Perfect! There it goes!


  2. Meanderer says:

    The tree looks triumphant!


  3. krikitarts says:

    Great timing and, in spite of ISO concerns, enough detail for anyone to hope for, considering the challenges at the time, back in those heady days.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, absolutely, those heady days, the things we tried with film! But I’m very much of the opinion that, whatever the technical problems, having an image is better than not having one, and that technicalities come second. My Z 6, which I’m wild about, goes up to over 200,000 ISO and, whenever I get out photographing again, I must try this just to see what effects I can get. 🙂

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