Windsurfer, Kos, Greece

SEPTEMBER 1995 – A windsurfer speeds across Kefalos Bay on Kos island, Greece. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The Greek island of Kos is a popular tourist destination, and it’s easy to see why: the people are friendly, the beaches are nice and clean, and there is so much to explore.

We had rented a car and drove from Marmari Beach down to Kefalos at the southern end of the island. When we arrived we found a nice village, a long beach and this single windsurfer making good use of the strong wind.

I like this photo because it reverses the typical brightness distribution: the hills in the back provided a dark backdrop (where normally the bright sky would be) while the water sparkles from the afternoon sunlight (where usually you’d expect some dark blue water). And a clear horizon with the windsurfer as highlight. Nice.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSeptember 1995
LocationKefalos Beach, Greece
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210mm f/4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceKodak PhotoCD (PCD)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2916 x 1924 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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