Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lisbon, Portugal (I)

DECEMBER 1999 – A seagull sits on top of Henry the Navigator at the Monument of Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) in Lisbon, Portugal. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Lisbon in Portugal is an exciting destination that has a long history, a rich culture and many attractive spots, be it the fortress that overtowers the city center, the super-sized Jesus statue on the southern side of the Tejo river, or the many restaurants with Fado singers.

When we visited Lisbon in 1999, we took the tram to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, that is the Monument of Discoveries. The sun was illuminating the monument while dark clouds increased the contrast between the discoverers and the background, giving it a dramatic look. It is a very good match for the determined posture of Henry the Navigator (the one with the ship in his hands).

The image is a bit soft due to the noise of the 400 ASA slide film I used, but still I love the overall composition and visualization of the drama.

The high resolution image

Capture DateDecember 1999
LocationLisbon, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210mm f/4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceKodak PhotoCD
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions1949 x 2972 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/


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