Gazing at the Sunset, Swakopmund, Namibia

DECEMBER 2006 – Two people in a Volkswagen T3 Bus enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean in Swakopmund, Namibia, waiting for the sunset. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Swakopmund is a beautiful city at the Atlantic Coast of Nambia. It has beautiful beaches, good restaurants and hotels as well as all the amenities you’d expect from a vibrant community, for example a good choice of super markets, petrol stations, car repairs, pharmacies and so on. In short: it is a real city. We enjoyed this fact after traveling five days across the rural areas in the North. Swakopmund was not only good but it was heaven for us.

In the evening we went to the waterfront as we had a table booked at The Tug, a very good restaurant with tasty local food and excellent views across the Ocean. But before entering the restaurant we waited for the sunset. We were not alone. These folks in their VW Bus had parked next to the restaurant and gazed at the sea. I remember that the wind was getting stronger, and it was quickly cooling down. At that moment I envied the two for their windshield.

The photo is almost straight out of the camera with only minor editing performed. For me, it stands for freedom, relaxation, and beauty – the perfect way to end the day and start the evening.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time02-DEC-2006, 19:11
LocationSwakopmund, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8L USM
Exposure1/1000 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, Adobe RGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3328 x 4992 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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