Lac Rose ... but you could see the rose colours of the alga only when the sun shines and some ripples are seen on the water.
In the workshop a close view to the water
Lake Retba or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar.
It is so named for its pink waters, particularly visible during the dry season. The lake is also known for its high salt content, which, like that of the Dead Sea, allows people to float easily. The lake also has a small salt collecting industry and is often the finishing point of the Dakar Rally.
Many salt collectors work 6-7 hours a day in the lake, which has a salt content close to 40%. In order to protect their skin, they rub their skin with "Beurre de Karité" (shea butter, produced from shea nuts obtained from the Shea nut tree), which is an emollient to avoid the skin to burn.
Exposure Time: 1/395
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 17/1 mm
Date Taken: 2009-03-09 14:01
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alvaraalto (13036) 2009-07-07 4:23
Funny place for a bar-restaurant. It seems the visitors come by boat and I suppose they will drink a lot a rosé.
belido (19934) 2009-07-07 4:49
very interesting scene. Not only for the color of the water but also for how you composed. Very good work of a particular subject!
masrorvakili (176) 2009-07-07 5:19
so good shot!
i love this photo!
gilou530 (34) 2009-07-07 5:30
magnifique photo de ce lac rose, les barques et le porche meuble bien le cadrage, un paysage qui respire le calme, beau travail
nirvana73 (0) 2009-07-07 5:59
very nice place
quiet and calm
i like soft light and pastel colors
good composition and POV
npecanhuk (75422) 2009-07-07 6:05
Very interesting and beautiful picture and I'd like to point out that the highlight in this one is the excellent composition! Sharpness, exposure, depth of field and colors are also outstanding features in this image! I specially like the color of the water!
TFS - congratulations!
ChrisJ (113889) 2009-07-07 6:28
The lake is aptly named, as I can indeed, see a rose coloured tint in the water. Well composed, with the 2 boats at right balancing the composition. Excellent sharpness & framing. Tfs!
feather (51130) 2009-07-07 6:54
The pink water makes a pretty and unusual image, but I'm not sure I would want to swim in it, although the WS show the shells on the lake bed so it must be fairly clear water. Well composed image with the sign and boats balancing each other well.
Graal (102858) 2009-07-07 6:56
an interesting place and view. Amazing colour of water. Good note and WS. Well photojob. I like it.
scalerman (26900) 2009-07-07 7:08
Achim: A fine, rustic image - all the more so for your inclusion of localized writing. Great color and composition using simple elements. congratulations, c
jmdias (64368) 2009-07-07 8:01
very interesting this lake and its waters. your pov and framing are perfect to show the place with all its beauty. perfect job
snunney (98918) 2009-07-07 8:53
A lovely composition of this pink tinged lake, which contrasts nicely with the pale blue sky. The little boats and sign in the foreground are a good addition and create a great sense of depth. Excellent sharpness.
besnard (56385) 2009-07-07 9:36
Je ne sais pas si c'est son nom véritable mais si oui il le porte bien. L'eau du lac a une couleur très particulière et les barques forment un excellent 1er plan
Merci pour le partage et bonne soirée.
Bluejeans (64251) 2009-07-07 9:58
Ola Achim ,
Interessante o efeito da cor das algas na agua esta cor rosa , boa inclusão destes velhos barcos no primeiro plano a foto ficou mais composta , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
rodgerg (55767) 2009-07-07 10:20
A very beautiful composition. An excellent FG rich in various details well collected give a great prospect and an interesting depht to the image. Supreb color in the lake.
Have a nice evening,
darek1978 (13361) 2009-07-07 11:16
What a interesting shape of boats - I have never seen such shapes before. The color of the water is also very impressive. Such a amazing place you captured. I'm very impressed. Well done!
UlfE (14641) 2009-07-07 11:26
This is an excellent shot. I love the back light and the composition with two wooden boat to the right is perfect. The sign against the water and sky really great. TFS and have a nice evening!
jafadabret (56501) 2009-07-07 12:28
Cette photo est très belle avec les deux barques et le portique publicitaire. J'aime la lumière et, bien sûr, les couleurs exceptionnelles.
Deepforest (9260) 2009-07-07 12:44
Nice shot, good composition and colours. Original colour of the water focus the attention to it, interesting.
clic (17075) 2009-07-07 14:02
How stunning is that pink color!
I imagine a sunset sky behind it; its color should turn red with the addition of warm hues reflected from clouds!
The view of these two boats at foreground balance well that of porch.
Many compliments and thanks for your kind words.
Silversnow (2319) 2009-07-07 14:06
Simple composition for this interesting subject & note, but very complex details with the local signs & junk lying on this poor grass. Intriguing and compelling image for anyone who've seen this side of Africa like we obviously both developped a sensitivity for it.
Fis2 (97515) 2009-07-07 14:11
A very interesting composition and frame.
The light makes climate.
I like the colors.
pauloog (11751) 2009-07-07 14:40
A fine photo in the spirit of thsi site, showing an interesting place in all its beauty but also its less glorious facets with the garbage strewn around the shore. Well composed and an interesting note.
lucasgalodoido (22304) 2009-07-07 14:57
interesting your compo here, and curious this red water. Great job, my friend.
dareco (17134) 2009-07-07 21:53
Nice composition!! Good detail and pov. Lovely tones. TFS
shevchenko (20516) 2009-07-07 22:08
The lake has romantic name but a bit frightened me it look like the sea of blood too, intersting composition, good pov to frame it with including signboard and bpats, thanks for sharing a fresh location.
aadilj (18102) 2009-07-07 22:26
Your gallery is a collection gems, like I have told you many months back Achim. This aprticular image got my attention perhaps it is the latest. the way you handle colours and comosition is fabulous and unique
Vasa (515) 2009-07-08 1:39
Superb subject Achim. The light created a specific atmosphere. The color of water is inhabitual. Some details concentrate my mind. So glad to see it and proud of your visits.
paura (47186) 2009-07-08 2:01
A imagem que você captou é uma beleza, com um esmerado ponto de tomada e adequada fotometria. Muito boa.
Miha2ou7 (5162) 2009-07-08 2:32
Well that`s an interesting color on the lake, for sure. :) Too bad the garbage on the gound tarnish the sight a bit. A good composition from your part though.
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-07-08 7:11
Impressive colours in the Lake... Rose
As simple as beautiful this picture with the boat and the placards with the information about the bar-restaurant.
Good informative note
TFS and have a nice day
mauro61 (52855) 2009-07-08 8:45
tante sono le inquadrature con barche che si vedono su TE, ma questa ha qualcosa di speciale per il colore che le alghe danno all'acqua e per le imbarcazioni ,quasi primitive ,che hai ripreso.
Giorgio (11279) 2009-07-08 10:21
- Very nice composition of the famous "lac rose" I know very well, you succeeded well in restoring colour what is not always obvious in photograph, small boats and panel on the foreground, add a bonus, bravo!
Silvio1953 (143015) 2009-07-08 10:21
Ciao Achim, fascinating composition with lovely boats in FG, wonderful colors on lake, very well done, ciao Silvio
lousat (91302) 2009-07-08 10:51
Hi Achim! You was lucky to see the pink lake so...pink! I been there many years ago but the colors are not beautifuls like yours,just a grey-pink very light...very beautiful work,my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO
stego (24132) 2009-07-08 11:41
You did a nice compo with the boats and the placard. I like the balance of the elements on the left with the pair of boats on the right. The water colour colour is really amazing, it's only pity that the margins are so littered. There is also a little inclination, but nothing too worrying.
Ninello52 (7576) 2009-07-08 14:28
Trovo incredibili questi laghi colorati dalle alghe! ce ne sono anche da noi, in Italia, credo in Trentino! I nostri sonom circondati da floride vegetazioni e alberi giganteschi (abeti), qui invece il lago è sospeso nel vuoto! Questo lo rende molto affascinante e caratteristico come dimostra la tua bella foto!
danyy (0) 2009-07-08 14:40
dommage que cette berge ne soit pas plus propre pour l'esthétique de cette photo, mais ca aussi c'est la photo, montrer les lieux tels qu'ils sont, avec des fois leurs défauts.
Des eaux aux coulmeurs inhabituelles qui font le charme de ce paysage calme
pierrefonds (66350) 2009-07-08 15:02
The presence of the boats has an effect of scale. The point of view leads our eyes toward the opposite shore which is giving depth to the composition. The capture of the ripples are assets to the composition. The light has a good effect on the colors of the picture. Have a nice day.
jurek1951 (42196) 2009-07-08 20:28
Wundevolles Ergebnis. Eine große Szenerie in einem wunderbaren scharfen Bild.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-07-09 0:53
Hello Achim! Very interesting and mysterious place. Wonderful boats. Original minimalistic composition. Good luck!
Nicou (141990) 2009-07-09 0:56
la couleur est fantastique, on diriat vraimetn que l'eau est rose-rouge, quel beau fond, avec ces vielle barque ce dégradé de couleur, une merveille, superbe compo.
Braov et maitié
bakes888 (18499) 2009-07-09 3:06
Hi Achim. Nice catch and quite amazing colours. Well composed with good FG also. Thanks for sharing.
Loic_bzh (7646) 2009-07-09 6:17
at least, we know why this lake is named that way! Il like the advertisment for the restaurant!
cfreire (11741) 2009-07-09 14:58
Splendid shot with beautiful colors, lights and contrasts. Excellent pov. Best regards, Consuelo
paololg (31448) 2009-07-09 15:31
Ciao dear Achim,
absolutely a masterpiece of beauty and photographic perfection. An amazing composition with a pleasant and interesting chromatic effect given by the red water. Compliments!
Ciao, have a nice w.e.!
gunbud (34066) 2009-07-09 19:03
Wonderful capture of this unique pink salt lake.
Love the tradtional wooden boats in teh foreground and how the blue sky contrast so nicely with the pink waters.
Very informative note about this unique lake.
hay_kes (31435) 2009-07-09 23:21
Very interesting capture vith great POV, colours and light..TFS.
ymrk (15079) 2009-07-10 3:17
Specially,i affective so entries and site of boats on the lake.What a different lake color!
See you soon Achim,
pablominto (53746) 2009-07-10 9:57
If you don't have any luck with fishing, at least there is a bar not far away..!
A strong composition with good details, I notice the reddish tint to the water...
A fine lake well framed!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-07-10 12:19
Good evening Achim,
The composition and well done, funny and very attractive. The natural colors are appreciable. Good realization.
Have a nice evening
toto (0) 2009-07-10 12:48
belle photo de ce lac superbe avec ces paneaux en bois, ces barques et ces terre au loin qui donne de la profondeur a votre photo.
Jolies couleurs, bonne netteté, excellent POV.
Merci du partage.
cunejo200 (7281) 2009-07-10 12:52
This is a high quality image Achim. I have not seen a rose-colored water before and it is most interesting. Good colors and sharpness. Best regards...
emjleclercq (15780) 2009-07-10 23:46
Very unusual color which waslcearly worth a picture. And the little sign post on the left gives also a folkloric touch.
All the best,
danos (97765) 2009-07-11 1:49
a very interesting shot with the colour of the lake to be fascinating.Informative your note about the salt collectors,as the sigh that allocate the existence of the bar restaurant.Well done.
Have a nice weekend,Danos
PaulVDV (29017) 2009-07-12 2:39
A lake with an extraordinary colour and the pink shows very well but I specially like the good composition with the wooden signs to the bar/restaurant and with the boats on the lake.
Best regards, Paul
jhm (152842) 2009-07-12 4:11
I looked with a lot attention to your WS, this is almost a painting with the nice structure
Very good work of a particular subject. You play excellent with light and shadow and contrasts.
Good composition and presentation, TFS.
Have a nice sunday,
dvlazar (6662) 2009-07-12 19:37
Obviously, it is the color of the water that draws the eye into this shot. But it's also very good with the composition of the boats, and that sign, framed where they are.
bobocortis (16026) 2009-07-13 3:51
Magical lake and simple but attractive composition, with well-decentered subjects.
mkamionka (36699) 2009-07-13 6:37
Very interesting place.
Thanks for sharing that.
The composition is very pretty, I like including these boats and the wooden arch. It enriches the scene.
JCG (35129) 2009-07-13 8:41
An interesting sight on this lake just like your note… When we are in the boat it is absolutely necessary to avoid falling to water !!! Really astonishing color and a good framing with these advertising signs. I like much the quality of the image and the depth. Well done Achime, cheer.
With all my friendships and a very good evening,
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2009-07-13 10:28
Hi, Achim -
Nice minimalist shot, and very expressive of the region!
delkoo (68) 2009-07-13 10:31
Nice colours and sharpness as the image is properly composed. Thanks.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2009-07-13 14:03
Excellent colour in the water!!! For sure, something amazing and a lovely view I suppose.
TopGeo (38216) 2009-07-13 23:44
Hi Achim! The simplicity and the interesting composition impress Are your idea beautiful and give the characteristic chromatic balance with very good way
Angshu (56758) 2009-07-15 23:08
Amazing colour of the water created by the algae. I saw a spicture from Brazil where the color of the sea water close to the coast was similar to the colour of coke. Like the compo. with the boats & the gate. A good informative note as well!
alive (1360) 2009-07-17 2:59
With very good colors and clearness.
buscape (6219) 2009-07-20 10:07
schönes Landschaftsbild mit einer klasse Bildgestaltung. Bleibt zu hoffen, dass die Preise in dem ausgeschilderten Restaurant nicht annähernd so gesalzen sind, wie das rosarote Wasser im See. :-) Gefällt mir sehr gut.
Viele Grüsse aus dem sonnigen Donautal,
Yves-triga (5149) 2009-08-03 1:49
Des couleurs que l'on n'imagine pas trouver dans le milieu aquatique et pourtant voici un bel exemple de ce lac bien mis en valeur par ce cadrage complet incluant ce portique indicatif et ces 2 barques attendant d'être utlisée pour une balade.
maloutim (9639) 2009-08-06 5:48
Very impressive photograph of this pink lake. I had never heard of it although I lived in Dakar as a girl; but my parents never told me about it!
The composition is very good with the presence of these two flat boats on the shore, and the immensity of the lake which fades away into the horizon!
I like the rough sign-posting, but I am sorry about the litter that is probably omni-present around!
hopsy_life (101) 2010-02-10 2:51
great colours here to see
have a nice day,
mafegan (8624) 2010-03-03 15:09
Nice composition full of details of the Lake Rose. Pity about the rubbish but it is the reality of life. Tfs, Marlene
colibriav (2176) 2010-04-01 3:39
Magnifica toma del lago rosa, me gustan las fotografias que toman la vida cotidiana de distintas partes del mundo.
Un saludo desde España:
- Copyright: Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) (43665)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-03-09
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 40D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: 2009/03 Westafrica
- Date Submitted: 2009-07-07 4:09