ARCHIVE KENYA 115 – LAKE NAKURU (MONO)

 

 

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Flamingos on Lake Nakuru, Kenya; Oct 1977.  The soda-rich waters of this lake can host over a million of these birds at a time.

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Technique:  OM-1 with 28mm Zuiko lens and polariser; Agfa CT18 colour slide film, rated at 64 ISO; converted to mono with Silver Efex Pro.

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 69 – STORM AT NAKURU

 

 


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A large thunder storm heads down the rift valley in Kenya, and looms over Lake Nakuru; the late 1970s.

Large storms like this are common in and around the rift valley.  This is convectional rainfall – the sun rises and starts to suck the ground’s moisture up into the sky.   As a result, the mornings are beautifully clear but, as the moisture rises, clouds start to form and, usually in the afternoons, large storms like this one drop the water back onto the land again – after which the sun often reappears for a fine end to the day.

The birds in the water in the foreground are flamingos, and the line of flying birds further out comprise three pelicans on the left, followed by yet more flamingos.

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

Technique: OM-1 with 75-150 Zuiko lens at 150mm; 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 1 – FLAMINGOS AT DAWN

 

ARCHIVE KENYA: A NEW CATEGORY ON THIS BLOG

Some have said that they like my pictures from Kenya (which are film images all over 30 years old now) and would like to see them more often, which is very good to hear.  Now, despite my best intentions, I tend to be quite forgetful about such things >>> and so what to do???   I think the best way to remind myself is to set up a Archive Kenya category on my blog, and then to work through all of the Kenyan photos that I have, one by one, in the order in which they were posted (which makes it considerably easier for me) >>> and so to this first post.  I hope you will enjoy seeing these pictures again.  Some have been posted in the main Archive category fairly recently but many others have not seen the light of day for far longer.

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Dawn at Lake Nakuru, central Kenya; July 1978.

At around 6,000 feet above sea level, even this close to the equator, it was a cold dawn, and especially so for those of us who, living in Kenya, were becoming acclimatised to the place.  I had taken many pictures and was feeling the cold and sleepy, when suddenly this flamingo flock glided down over birds already in the water – and I just fired at them –  a very lucky, single snapshot with a 400mm telephoto.  I very much like the combination of the pale blues of the early morning light with the whites and pinks of the flamingos’ plumage.

The birds in the water are mainly Greater Flamingos, which are a little larger than the Lesser Flamingo, with less stridently pink plumage and paler bills.  A few Lesser Flamingos, very pink, are at the left hand end of the flock in the water.  The dark bills of the birds coming down to join those in the water identify them all as Lesser Flamingos.

Two dark Cormorants (the same species as in the UK) are flying right to left, low over the water, behind all the flamingos.

This is the first image in this new series, but as more are posted, click onto the “Archive Kenya” tag (below) to see more of these images from Kenya.

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

Technique: hahaha! can’t remember! >>> except that the great hulk of a 400mm telephoto, which I still have, was made by Vivitar.

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ARCHIVE 322 – FLAMINGOS AT DAWN

 

 


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Dawn at Lake Nakuru, central Kenya; July 1978.

At around 6,000 feet above sea level, even this close to the equator, it was a cold dawn, and especially so for those of us who, living in Kenya, were becoming acclimatised to the place.  I had taken many pictures and was feeling the cold and sleepy, when suddenly this flamingo flock glided down over birds already in the water – and I just fired at them –  a very lucky, single snapshot with a 400mm telephoto.  I very much like the combination of the pale blues of the early morning light with the whites and pinks of the flamingos’ plumage.

The birds in the water are mainly Greater Flamingos, which are a little larger than the Lesser Flamingo, with less stridently pink plumage and paler bills.  A few Lesser Flamingos, very pink, are at the left hand end of the flock in the water.  The dark bills of the birds coming down to join those in the water identify them all as Lesser Flamingos.

Two dark Cormorants (the same species as in the UK) are flying right to left, low over the water, behind all the flamingos.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it yet again – recommended.

Technique: haha! can’t remember! >>> except that the great hulk of a 400mm telephoto, which I still have, was made by Vivitar.
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ARCHIVE 266 – STORM AT NAKURU

 

 

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A large thunder storm heads down the rift valley in Kenya, and looms over Lake Nakuru; the late 1970s.

Large storms like this are common in and around the rift and, this being convectional rainfall, especially so in the afternoons, i.e. after the sun has been going long enough, sucking moisture up into the heavens.

The birds in the water in the foreground are flamingos, and the flying birds further out comprise three pelicans on the left, followed by yet more flamingos.

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

OM-1 with 75-150 lens at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.

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ARCHIVE 105 – STORM AT NAKURU

 

 

Storm at Lake Nakuru
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A large thunder storm heads down the rift valley in Kenya, and looms over Lake Nakuru; the late 1970s.

Large storms like this are common in and around the rift valley.  This is convectional rainfall – the sun rises and starts to suck the ground’s moisture up into the sky.   As a result, the mornings are beautifully clear but, as the moisture rises, clouds start to form and, usually in the afternoons, large storms like this one drop the water back onto the land again – after which the sun often reappears for a fine end to the day.

The birds in the water in the foreground are flamingos, and the line of flying birds further out comprise three pelicans on the left, followed by yet more flamingos.

OM-1 with 75-150 Zuiko at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.
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KENYA 36 – STORM AT NAKURU

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A large thunder storm heads down the rift valley in Kenya, and looms over Lake Nakuru; the late 1970s.

Large storms like this are common in and around the rift and, this being convectional rainfall, especially so in the afternoons, i.e. after the sun has been going long enough, sucking moisture up into the heavens.

The birds in the water in the foreground are flamingos, and the flying birds further out comprise three pelicans on the left, followed by yet more flamingos.

OM-1 with 75mm-150mm at 150mm; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.
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SELF-INDULGENCE 59 – DAWN MISTS AT LAKE NAKURU (MONO)

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Dawn mists rising from Lake Nakuru in central Kenya; Jan 1978.

The large birds with huge bills in the foreground are White Pelicans.  In the lake behind them are the remains of trees that, flooded by the lake, have been killed by the high concentration of sodium bicarbonate in its waters.  Cormorants  perch on these dead trunks, and there is also a nest of sticks.  Around the bottom of these trees, three flamingos are feeding, heads down in the water.  More pelicans are further out on the lake, fading into the haze.

Vivitar 400mm telephoto on Olympus SLR, mounted on a tripod.

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SELF-INDULGENCE 26 – FLAMINGOS AT LAKE NAKURU

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Dawn at Lake Nakuru, a lake in the rift valley in central Kenya; July 1978.

The birds in the water are mainly Greater Flamingos, which are a little larger than the Lesser Flamingo, with less stridently pink plumage and paler bills.  A few Lesser Flamingos, very pink, are at the left hand end of the flock in the water.  The dark bills of the birds coming down to join those in the water identify them all as Lesser Flamingos.

Two dark Cormorants (the same species as in the UK) are flying right to left, low over the water, behind all the flamingos.

This was a very lucky, single snapshot!  I saw the birds flying in and just fired at them –  a single frame with a 400mm telephoto.  I very much like the combination of the pale blues of the early morning light with the whites and pinks of the flamingos. (the details alluded to in this picture are rather small – click onto the picture to see a much larger version, and then use your computer’s Back button to get back into the body of the blog).

OM-2 with 400mm Vivitar telephoto; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.

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KENYA (19) – DAWN MISTS AT LAKE NAKURU – MONOCHROME

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Dawn mists rising from Lake Nakuru in central Kenya; Jan 1978. 

The large birds with huge bills in the foreground are White Pelicans.  In the lake behind them are the remains of trees that, flooded by the lake, have been killed by the high concentration of sodium bicarbonate in its waters.  Cormorants  perch on these dead trunks, and there is also a nest of sticks.  Around the bottom of these trees, three flamingos are feeding, heads down in the water.  More pelicans are further out on the lake, fading into the haze.

Vivitar 400mm telephoto on Olympus SLR, mounted on a tripod.
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