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Views of Africa
SEPTEMBER 2005
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Over Africa
Photograph by George Steinmetz

The shadow of photographer George Steinmetz's plane glides along Kenya's section of Lake Natron, where microorganisms living on the water's salty crust create a palate of pink. Steinmetz's images help document biologist Mike Fay's mission: Flying low and slow over much of Africa, Fay shot 92,000 photographs and gathered data about the land's condition. This mosaic, Fay hopes, will help policymakers better understand the looming threats to Africa's rich and often vulnerable environments.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon 8008
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 17-35 zoom at 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/500 @ f/8

Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: 11 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
Special Equipment: I took this from a Cessna 206 with the door off.

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