SEPTEMBER 2010 – The print of a footstep in the sand is about to be washed away by a tiny wave that rolls onto the beach. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

It looks like a simple shot to do. But it’s difficult because the timing needs to be perfect. You need to put your foot in the sand (and it needs to look good) to leave a print. And then you need to jump back (a bit) get the camera up and ready and catch the moment when the wave approaches. Too early, and you’ll have just the footstep (without wave), too late, and the footstep is gone forever. Of course, Robinson Crusoe had different problems when he was on his island, so it’s kind of a luxury problem.

I like the simplicity of the concept and the copyspace. Nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time09-SEP-2010, 18:14
LocationCosta Rei, Sardinia, Italy
CameraCanon EOS 5D
LensCanon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure1/800 sec at f/8
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4368 x 2912 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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