Dumfries, Scotland

JULY 2005 – The setting sun illuminates the St. Michael’s and South Parish Church in Dumfries, Scotland. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

In 2005 we visited Scotland for a three-week trip. As always, we had booked just the flights and the rental car, the rest was up to us. No obligations. No tight plans. It turned out to be a fantastic trip! Scotland is a beautiful country with friendly people and some awesome nature.

We decided to stay the first night in Dumfries, the center of the whole region and a nice small town of roughly 35,000 people. The river Nith flows right through the town, and when we walked back from dinner, we were delighted to see the St. Michael’s and South Parish Church, illuminted by the approaching sunset.

The old steel bridge in the front is from 1875 and still in perfect condition. The center of attraction, however, is the church were the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns has found his last rest. When visiting Dumfries, you will find many references to Robert Burns, who lived here for just five years. Still, Dumfries claims to be Robert Burns’ town, because he died here. Well, well.

I shot this image with my tiny Sony P&S camera and am amazed time and again by 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.) But I still love it.

The high resolution image

Capture Date10-JUL-2005, 21:05
LocationDumfries, Scotland
CameraSony DSC-P72
Exposure1/160 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2021 x 1515 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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