Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal

DECEMBER 1999 – The setting sun illuminates the Castelo de São Jorge in Lisbon, Portugal, which overtowers the historical city center. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Lisbon in Portugal is overtowered by the São Jorge fortress, one of the true icons of the city. It sits right above the historic city center with its many restaurants and Fado singers. From the castle you have fantastic views across the city, but for this shot I selected a location opposite of the fortress.

The day had been beautiful, and the sun was about to set. It illuminated the city center with a warm glow. The long shadows were already dipping the western part of the city center, where I was standing, into darkness. I think it’s a beautiful photo even if the orange hue is almost a bit overwhelming (but that’s the nature of the sunlight at sunset.)

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 Dimensions2923 x 1927 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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