Historic Chapel, Algarve, Portugal

AUGUST 1987 – Capela da Nossa Senhora da Rocha, Alporchinhos, Portugal, on a sunny summer day. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

This is a photo from my very first genuine holiday trip. I was just 21 and had a couple of weeks to spend, so my girlfriend and I decided to drive from Kiel in Northern Germany to the Algarve in Portugal. Yes, drive! The distance of 3,100 km (1,900 mi) did not really bother us, and so we took our old Mercedes Benz Diesel to Portugal to spend a wonderful vacation in a mostly unspolit country.

We spent a number of nights in Armacao de Peira, and this chapel was located just outside of the town, maybe two miles from the town center. In 1987, there were just fields, a dirt road, and the chapel on the cliff. And two beautiful beaches. If you take a look at Google Maps today, you will notice that over the past 35 years a whole new village has formed: Alporchinhos. The chapel itself, however, has remained as beautiful as it was back then.

I took this photo with my old Canon AE-1 Program on negative film, but the film got lost so I scanned a 13×18 cm print I found in an old shoe box.


The high resolution image

Capture DateAugust 1987
LocationAlporchinhos, Algarve, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 50mm f/1.8
Image Source13 x 18 cm Print from Original Negative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions5587 x 3819 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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