Dolphin Point, Wilderness, South Africa

MARCH 2004 – View across the town Wilderness in South Africa after sunset. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Wilderness is a small community situated south-west of George in South Africa. Its located at a long, beautiful beach, and if you’re lucky you may be able to spot whales and dolphins.

I took this photo right after sunset from Dolphin Point, a viewpoint directly on the N2 that sits high above the town. The hills north of the town had thrown their shadows over the town, and it was rather dark already. Notice the cars driving with their headlights switched on. However, the remains of the sunlight in the sky reflected magically within the waves that gently rolled onto the beach. I did not have the tripod with me, so I had to use the 400 ASA slide film if I wanted to capture a sharp image.

Back home, I realized that the image is not perfectly sharp as the expected grain from the 400 ASA film prevents the clear distinction between the color in each pixel, at least when viewed at 100%. When reducing the high-resolution scan to 600 x 900 pixels in size (about 25% of width and height, respectively), it gets better but the image is really small then:

Image from 400 ASA slide film, reduced to 600 x 900 pixels. The film grain that was clearly visible in the high-resolution scan has almost disappeared and suggests a decent, sharp image. © Mark Zanzig/

Heck, I like the image anyway.

The high resolution image

Capture Date15-MAR-2004
LocationWilderness, South Africa
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210mm f/4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2366 x 3549 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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