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Dhow at sunrise 16 x 24 giclee print
Dhow at sunrise. 16 x 24 inch giclee fine art print.
The skipper of small dhow hauls anchor as the sun starts to colour the early morning sky. I took this photograph in the mid-1990s, at the mouth of a creek along the kenyan coast. Smaller dhows, or mashua as they are known is Swahili, are vessels mostly using for fishing and carrying cargo in coastal waters. For over a thousand years similar boats have plied the coast of East Africa, from Somalia to Mozambique. I shot this image on Fuji velvia 100 iso slide film. The camera was a Nikon F3, arguably the best professional SLR camera of its time. Some years later I scanned the slide image, using a dedicated Minolta Dimage slide scanner, producing a 42 megapixel digital image. It's important to note that film does not produce the razor-sharp, clean edges of modern digital cameras. On close inspection the film grain is clearly visible. It is, and looks like, a film image, and that is how it is intended. This look appeals to many, it is the look of that era, but not to all. Having worked with film for many decades, I personally have great fondness for such images, and the 'filmic look'.