Kariba Dam - 1959

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Kariba Dam - 1959

Post by GrahamS » Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:30 am

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In 1959, as a fifteen year old expert on everything, I was fortunate enough to accompany my father on a trip to the construction site of the Kariba Dam wall in what was then Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. My father had been commissioned by the Federal Power Board of Rhodesia and Nyasaland to produce a documentary film on the construction of the dam. He made many trips by road to Kariba from Johannesburg, and sometimes flew to Kariba in his Aercoupe aircraft until the landing strip there was submerged by the rising waters of the dam. I had the good fortune to be given the opportunity to accompany the game rangers of Operation Noah, which was the project mounted by the late Rupert Fothergill (later Sir Rupert) to rescue as much of the wildlife as possible that became trapped on newly formed islands as the dam waters rose around them. Rupert was a giant among conservationists. I was still in high school, and this trip coincided with school holidays. I had an Exacta Varex IIa with 50mm f2.8 CZJ Tessar and a Rolleiflex f2.8 Planar. The heat was unbearable, generally around +40C daytime and +25C at night. Because of the rising waters the humidity was around 80%. My father demonstrated by frying an egg on the fender of our Ford F350 truck. You can see some of my images here:https://flic.kr/s/aHsmVcyETK
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Post by Bennybee » Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:43 am

Great story and interesting pictures, Graham. I love it.
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Post by alexvaras » Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:34 pm

Wow, just wow!! Saw the all the photos and enjoyed a lot!
Thank you for sharing!

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The whole series is great, Rhino rescue and the lightning picture are amazing!!!
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Re: Kariba Dam - 1959

Post by GrahamS » Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:31 pm

Thank you Alex and Titrisol for your kind words.
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Post by Julio1fer » Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:26 pm

One of the greatest series in the forum!

All pictures are outstanding, but I wonder about the last one, storm at night with the dam (?) in the foreground. Do you remember any details about that shot?

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Post by scott » Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:46 pm

Graham, this may be the best post I’ve seen on any forum on the internet, all the way back to Usenet days. Thank you very much for sharing. I’m going to show this to my kids.

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Post by GrahamS » Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:28 am

Julio1fer wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:26 pm
One of the greatest series in the forum!

All pictures are outstanding, but I wonder about the last one, storm at night with the dam (?) in the foreground. Do you remember any details about that shot?
Julio, All I can remember is that I used a Rolleiflex with Tri-X (rated at 400 ASA and developed in D76.). It was raining and windy. My father held a small tarp over the camera for me which was mounted on an old Sachtler tripod with a P&T head. I do remember timing the exposure over sixty seconds by counting "one pineapple, two pineapples....." I don't recall what aperture I used. We both got soaked, but the ambient was around 25C. Similar electrical thunderstorms were a common occurrence in the Kariba gorge. I recall one year when my Father's aircraft got stranded by flooding caused by the Zambesi river level rising due to high rainfall upstream. Today, the dam is only 20% full and was less than 10% in 2019. Climate change.....

The photographs I made were offered to the Federal Power Board of Rhodesia & Nyasaland. They "donated" the sum of SA£100.00 to my kitty for the purchase of a Nikon F camera, the cost of which was SA£199.00.
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Post by titrisol » Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:12 am

WOW! El Niño cycles also affect Africa, that is incredible.
http://www.zambezira.org/hydrology/lake-levels
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Post by GrahamS » Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:50 am

titrisol wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:12 am
WOW! El Niño cycles also affect Africa, that is incredible.
http://www.zambezira.org/hydrology/lake-levels
Oh yes!
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