Sunrise at the mouth of the Njoro River at Lake Nakuru, Kenya; Jan 1978.  I showed this scene in colour in an earlier post – and that version is again shown, below.



The colour version more reflects reality.  The colour is a little “off”, but then this is a decades old colour transparency that spent many years in the tropics, often as a valued part of slide presentations.

The mono version is rougher, grainier.  There is more structure in the mist, which I like.  And rather more detail and contrast in the foreground which, again, does it for me.  But what do you think? 

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

Click on each image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Here is the colour post’s text:

Early morning mists rise above the lake and, as the sun appears, everything is flooded by warm, golden light – a scene seemingly from long ago in the world that has always fascinated me.  Here is something primeval, here we are an irrelevance.

The gaunt skeletons of trees out in the lake are Yellow-barked Acacias that were killed as the lake’s soda-rich waters rose up around them.

There are two types of birds here.  Those holding their wings out to dry, and those perching on the dead trees, and those very faintly seen bottom right, are Cormorants – the same species as found in Europe.  The dark scrum of larger birds at the lake’s edge are White Pelicans – one great head and neck can be seen as, preening, a bird reaches deep into its plumage.

Technique: tripod-mounted OM-2 with 400mm Vivitar lens; Agfa CT 18 colour slide film, rated at 64 ISO.


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. What an interesting photograph. I like its many layers and think you’ve achieved greater separation between them in the black and white version. The other version is really gold and black—another kind of mono. If it had other colors, I can imagine preferring it, but as it is, I prefer the black and white.


  2. Mono for me. And I agree with Meanderer. Plus the mist looks mistier 🥴 in the mono. Very Halloweenie.
    (I think I made up a couple of words in this post. 🤷🏼‍♀️)


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Great stuff!!! >>> thank you, Gem >>> the english language gets bigger everything you utter it, wonderful!!!!!!

      Oh yes, and I’ve emailed you an especially good deal on double glazing …. oh go check it out, baby, go check it out!!!!!

      Have to go and have a sit down now … ATP xxxXXX!!! 💖

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  3. Meanderer says:

    Well, I loved the colour version but I think I like the mono even more! It sounds obvious but in the colour version I saw the colour but in the mono I’m noticing the birds more: the bird on the right in the sunlight; the darker birds bottom left and middle; and the birds on the bottom right are clearer. 🙂


  4. B&W for me! Great shot, Amigo!


  5. krikitarts says:

    Another fond memory–mine almost as fond as yours. Although the original has that great warmth, the monochrome reduces it to, and enhances, its essential elements.


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