Atlantic Coast at Aljezur, Portugal

AUGUST 1988 – A long exposure at night shows the giant waves of the Atlantic Ocean crushing the coastline cliffs close to Aljezur, Portugal. Photo Copyright © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

My 1988 trip to Portugal lasted for six weeks, and it was probably one of my best vacations, ever. When we stayed at the Atlantic Coast, one evening I wanted to capture the coastline in a couple of looong exposures. So we drove to a spot that would offer a beautiful view across the cliffs and tried various exposure times. It was all analog back then, and negatives, because I had not yet switched to slide film.

This image was the best of the series, and I recently did a fresh scan from the original 7.5 x 11 cm print. Of course, it cannot compete with modern digital photography in terms of sharpness. Yet, I still like the look and composition of the photo: it perfectly blurs the motions of the waves and has that dreamy color gradient of pale gold going into night blue.

The high resolution image

Capture DateAugust 1988
LocationAljezur, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 28mm 1/2.8
Image Source7.5 x 11 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 Dimensions3315 x 4942 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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