Praia Nova, Alporchinhos, Portugal

AUGUST 1987 – Busy Praia Nova at Alporchinhos, Portugal, on a sunny summer day. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

A while ago I shared the story of the historical chapel near Armacao de Peira in Portugal. Of course, I also took a photo from the chapel looking at the beach that is situated on its western side.

This is noteworthy for three reasons. First, it is really crowded with tourists despite the location outside of Armacao de Peira. There was high tide that afternoon, so the people were somewhat squeezed together on a smaller than usual area of the beach. Second, the top of the cliffs show lots of trees and bushes but just one large villa in the distance (top right corner of the image). The rest of the landscape was untouched. Third, isn’t it amazing what you can get out of a washed out print that is almost 35 years old? To me, it looks like exactly the view I experienced back then.

The high resolution image

Capture DateAugust 1987
LocationPraia Nove, Alporchinhos, 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, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions5815 x 3906 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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