El Gouna, Egypt

NOVEMBER 2004 – The setting sun illuminates the waterfront of El Gouna in Egypt. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

In 2004 we travelled to Egypt again. This time we opted for El Gouna, a beautiful village situated at the Red Sea. If offers all the amenities you’d be expecting from a village that successfully could migrate into a popular tourist destination.

The catch you ask?

Well, the village is entirely artifical. It had been developed since the late 1980s. This place was just desert before and has been planned from the scratch at the drawing board. (Wikipedia has more information on the history of El Gouna.)

Having said that, I think they did a terrific job. They avoided all the terrible mistakes of other popular tourist destinations (like some coastal villages in Spain or Italy) and created an authentic atmosphere that matches the tourists expectations.

I shot this image with my tiny Sony P&S camera and am still amazed at the image quality. This shot required only light editing and captured the awesome mood very well. (Admittedly, the image size is tiny by today’s standards.) Love it.


The high resolution image

Capture Date24-NOV-2004, 16:23
LocationEl Gouna, Egypt
CameraSony DSC-P72
LensBuilt-in
ISO100
Exposure1/400 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2048 x 1536 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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