ARCHIVE KENYA 119 – FISHERMAN AT LAMU

 

 


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Fisherman, with the last of his catch for sale, on Lamu Island, Kenya; July 1978.

I wondered about using black and white here, but the colours of the man’s clothes really jump out of this image’s otherwise quite muted palette.  Not that a muted palette is necessarily a bad thing – I’ve often thought that some of the more successful colour images are those with the least colour – but here I like the contrast between the shock and glow of those clothes and the rest of the shot.

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Technique: OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide film, rated at 64 ISO.

THE ARCHIVE KENYA SERIES

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.

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ARCHIVE KENYA 47 – FISHERMAN

 

 

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Fisherman in a mangrove-lined creek on Lamu, an island close off the coast of Kenya; July 1978.

He has sailed as far in into the creek as he could, and his boat is beached at the top of the shot.

He is carrying his catch in his little basket, and is now crouched on the creek’s shore, gutting them.  I can remember that, even as he was discarding the entrails, small hermit crabs were scampering forward through the shallows to feast on them.

What this picture cannot convey is just what it felt like to be there.  The sun is shining and the place is not far from the equator and so, yes, it was hot.  But Kenya’s coast is also immensely humid – such that any physical effort quickly induces profuse sweating.  The drier heat of much of the country’s interior is far more comfortable.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

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

THE ARCHIVE KENYA SERIES

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.

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ANNIVERSARY – FATMAN PHOTOS IS NINE

 

 

1: Spectacled Owl; 2014.

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FATman Photos has been infesting cyberspace for 9 years.  Getting to 10 would be nice but, in these uncertain times, well, we’ll just have to wait and see.  As always, I want to thank everyone who follows my blog or more casually looks at it.  Your Likes give me encouragement and motivation – its always good to be appreciated –  and likewise its always a pleasure to respond to your Comments.  I try to be inventive with my pictures and to include various genres, and in this anniversary post I’ve set myself the challenge of showing faces  – mostly with eyeball contact – from the animal (as opposed to the plant) world.  I hope it all hangs together, and that you enjoy these shots.  Thank you all, again.  Adrian

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2: Mannequin, Penzance, Cornwall; 2011.

 

3: Newquay Aquarium, Cornwall; 2011.

 

4: The Somerset Levels; 2019.

 

5: How did Paul Simon put it? … I met an old lover on the street today

Nairobi, Kenya, 1979 – where have all the years gone?

 

6: Nightmare, dead in a bunch of bananas, Nairobi, Kenya; probably late 1970s.

 

7: Cape Teal regarding me with extreme suspicion as I crawl towards it, inching forward

with a long telephoto;  Slimbridge, Gloucestershire; 2010.

 

8:  Farm cat, on the Somerset Levels; 2019.

 

9: Cow, and flies, on the Somerset Levels, 2010; the animal’s flank forms the backdrop.

 

10: Fish market, Sohar, on the Batinah coast of Oman; mid 1970s.

 

11: Great Grey Owl; 2014.

 

12: One of a flock beside the road in West Littleton, South Gloucestershire; 2016.

 

13: Black-headed Gull, Chew Valley Lake, Somerset; 2011.

 

14: Young photographer, aged three in fact, 2012 >>> but growing up very fast now!

 

15: Red Ruby Devon, on the Somerset Levels; 2012.

 

16: I find that talking very quietly to cats engages their attention – they open their eyes and look at you.

And so it was here. Bristol, 2017.

 

17: Turnstone, a type of wader or shorebird, in breeding plumage, St Ives, Cornwall; 2013.

 

18: No-Time Toulouse … looking guilty about something …

or perhaps aghast at reports of a Belgian beer shortage …

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ARCHIVE 466 – FISHERMAN AT LAMU

 

 


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Fisherman, with the last of his catch for sale, on Lamu Island, Kenya; July 1978.

I wondered about using black and white here, but the colours of the man’s clothes really jump out of this image’s otherwise quite muted palette.  Not that a muted palette is necessarily a bad thing – I’ve often thought that some of the more successful colour images are those with the least colour – but here I like the contrast between the shock and glow of those clothes and the rest of the shot.

Technique: OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.

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ARCHIVE 378 – RAY IN NEWQUAY AQUARIUM

 

 


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The camouflaged upperparts of a Ray, lying on the bottom of its tank in Newquay Aquarium, Cornwall; 6 Nov 2007.

This picture is not completely sharp because it was taken looking down through moving water.  But with this wonderful colouration and patterning, I don’t think that matters at all – in fact the whole hazy blueness of the image adds to its atmosphere.

Technique: F6 with 24mm-85mm Nikkor lens; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide, rated at 1600 ISO.
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ARCHIVE 278 – IN THE SOUK (MONO)

 

 

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Man selling fish in the market at Sohar, on the Batinah coast of Oman; mid 1970s.

For a little more info, see the Oman 1 post, here .

Technique: Praktica LTL with 29mm Pentacon lens; Agfa CT18 colour slide rated at 64 ISO; converted into mono, and toned, in Silver Efex Pro 2.

UPDATE: here are real memories – both photographic and general –  from long ago.  My first visit to Oman, as a geologist, was in 1975, and I was there the following year too.  The interior of the country was a wild and largely undeveloped place then, and I have wonderful if distant memories of driving Land Rovers into the mountains, a baptism by fire at off-road driving that was to serve me well in Kenya a few years later.  In those days, Sohar was a little, undeveloped town on Oman’s Batinah coast; but I hear that Sohar is now greatly modernised and enlarged, even with its own university.  But in those days the Indian Ocean’s great bounty of fish was hauled daily up onto Sohar’s beach (see the Oman 1 post linked to above – recommended) and, in the absence of extensive refrigeration, either sold right there, or here in the town’s little market (souk).

The Praktica LTL was my first single lens reflex (SLR) camera, and the Pentacon my first wide angle lens.  And I was already using the Agfa CT18 colour transparency film, so good at registering landscapes’ browns, that was also to be my film of choice in Kenya.  And looking at this ” people shot”, I think once again that I should have done more in this genre in those far off days.

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ARCHIVE 144 – IN NEWQUAY AQUARIUM (MONO)

 

 

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Newquay Aquarium, Cornwall; 13 Sept 2011.

I love photographing close in to animals and to plants too, and getting them large in the frame or filling it completely.  And even if I can’t fill the frame, its good to exclude – or at least blur –  all extraneous detail, so that the viewer is right in there with whatever it might be.  Aquariums (sorry, can’t bring myself to say “aquaria”!) are good places for this, albeit that the photographer faces many problems – low light levels, myriad reflections, people in the frame etc etc.

So, using the same strategy as for photographing children who are bouncing around off all the walls, when I’m in an aquarium and something hits me visually, I take many shots of it – isn’t digital wonderful? – trying to make each and every shot count.  And of course many, many shots are failures, in terms of technique, composition or, not infrequently, both.  But usually there are one or two promising ones amongst all the dross, and I home in on these.

D700 with 24-120 Nikkor at 120mm; 6400 ISO;  Silver Efex Pro 2.
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ARCHIVE 80 – SHARKS ON THE BATINAH COAST (MONO)

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Two sharks, one a Hammerhead, being sold on the beach at Sohar, on the Batinah coast of Oman; mid 1970s.

I spent some time in the Sultanate of Oman, in the southeast of the Arabian peninsula, during the mid 1970s.  I still have a few colour slides from there, mainly Agfa CT18, but they are starting to feel the ravages of time – and especially so from having been stored in equatorial Africa – in Kenya – for a good few years.  Oman is now a wealthy, modern country, but back in the 1970s it was far less developed.

The Batinah coast is that part of Oman that faces out into the Gulf of Oman, a part of the Indian Ocean.  Sohar was a small town and, with scant refrigeration facilities, much fish was simply landed on the beach and eaten almost immediately.  Here the fishermen have caught two sharks and they are laid out on the sand for sale.  The image is presented upside down and with peripheral detail darkened, to concentrate interest on the two fish.

And, in terms of cameras, here is mention of my first SLR, an East German Praktica.  I bought it as a replacement for my Ilford Sportsman not long after getting my first real job, and what a thrill it was to at last be able to see (more or less) exactly what the camera was seeing >>> and to have through the lens (TTL) exposure metering too! 

OK, the metering was not open aperture – when you metered at F22 you looked through F22 gloom at the scene, but it was still a huge improvement on a cheap, handheld exposure meter.  And the screw (as opposed to bayonet) lens mount was not ideal for dusty desert conditions – but it did enable me to use Pentax lenses – I had a 135mm Super Takumar.  It was, as I say, a significant step up from my 35mm viewfinder camera.  But, not long before I finished my stays in Oman, the Praktica was replaced by absolutely incredible and ground-breaking cameras – the Olympus OM-1 and OM-2 >>> but that’s another story – for which, should you be interested (and not have better things to do on this beautiful sunny day …), you can click on “My Photography”, in this blog’s menu bar.

Praktica LTL with 29mm Pentacon; Agfa CT18 colour slide rated at 64 ISO; converted into mono, and toned, in Silver Efex Pro 2; rotated 180 degrees.

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ARCHIVE 50 – RAY

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The camouflaged upperparts of a Ray, lying on the bottom of its tank in Newquay Aquarium, Cornwall; 6 Nov 2007.

This picture is not completely sharp because it was taken looking down through moving water.  But with this wonderful colouration and patterning, I don’t think that matters at all – in fact the whole hazy blueness of the image adds to its atmosphere.

Nikon F6 with 24mm-85mm Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide, rated at 1600 ISO.
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PEOPLE 148 – FISHERMAN 2

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Fisherman, with the last of his catch for sale, on Lamu Island, Kenya; July 1978.

I wondered about using black and white here, but the colours of the man’s clothes really jump out of this image’s otherwise quite muted palette.  Not that a muted palette is necessarily a bad thing – I’ve often thought that some of the more successful colour images are those with the least colour – but here I like the contrast between the shock and glow of those clothes and the rest of the shot.

OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.
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