DECEMBER 1999 – A seagull sits on top of Henry the Navigator at the Monument of Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) in Lisbon, Portugal. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com
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 Date||December 1999|
|Camera||Canon AE-1 Program|
|Lens||Canon FD 70-210mm f/4|
|Image Source||Fuji Slide Film|
|Digital Image Source||Kodak PhotoCD|
|Digital Image Source Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Dimensions||1949 x 2972 Pixels|
|Copyright||© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com|