Praia da Amoreira, Portugal, 1988

AUGUST 1988 – Praia da Amoreira on a sunny morning near Aljezur, Portugal. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The other day I posted an image of the Ribeira de Aljezur right before flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Here’s Praia da Amoreira, the beach next to the river.

I like this shot because it really shows how we experienced the beach back in 1988: One giant soft beach that smoothly merges with the wild waves of the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. Rarely I had seen such an awesome location before. The clear, calm water created a mirror like surface that reflected the cliffs in the back. Stunningly beautiful in my view.

When the film came back from the lab, I printed this image as a large poster. It decorated the wall at our entrance area for several years to keep the memory fresh and to have something to dream about. Heck, I still love this shot, even if I forgot about it. So I’m more than happy to have done a fresh scan from the original negative. Nice. Very nice.

The high resolution image

Capture DateAugust 1988
LocationAljezur, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 28mm f/2.8
Image SourceNegative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4431 x 6620 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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