Sunset, Atlantic Ocean, Portugal

AUGUST 1988 – Sunset at Praia da Cordoama, Algarve, Portugal. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

We had travelled the south coast of the Algarve region in Portugal for a couple of weeks already and were now bound to slowly move up the west coast to Lisbon.

For the first two nights at the west coast we stumbled upon Praia da Cordoama, situated about 10 kilometers north of the Cabo de Sao Vicente. But we camped in the wilderness! This was because the spot was extremely beautiful, and there were several other campers (one might have called ‘Hippies’) who reassured us that this wouldn’t be a big issue. Yes, occasionally the police would come and ask the wild campers to leave the place, but that’s about it. We shrugged and stayed for two nights – a fantastic experience and only possible back then. Today I see a paved road leading up to the beach, and a paved parking lot.

That first evening we had a terrific sunset, and I captured it. I like the simplicity and the restricted color set of just orange/yellow and blue, the reflection on the water, and the dark blue in the right half of the frame.

Gosh, this is more than three decades old by now. Time flies.

The high resolution image

Capture DateAugust 1988
LocationPraia da Cordoama, Vila do Bispo, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210mm f/4
Image Source7.5 x 11 cm print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4875 x 3250 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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