Torre de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal (I)

DECEMBER 1999 – The afternoon sun illuminates the Torre de Belém in Lisbon, Portugal. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Right next to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos in Lisbon, Portugal, you will find the Torre de Belem, a 35 meter tower. Completed in 1521, it used to be a lighthouse at first, guiding ships into the Tejo River. But it was used to defend the city of Lisbon as well. Back then, the tower was sitting deep in the Tejo, far away from the coastline. Over time, as the city continued to grow, the coastline was coming closer and closer. Today the tower is just a few meters away from the mainland.

I took this shot in the afternoon, and I like the single palm tree that extends from the lower right corner. Along with the harsh shadows and the dark clouds in the back, the image has a lot of drama. Nothing too unusual, but I like it anyway.

The high resolution image

Capture DateDecember 1999
LocationLisbon, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 28mm f/2.8
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6619 x 4139 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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