Bom Pastor, Olhao, Portugal, 1988

AUGUST 1988 – On a sunny morning, fishermen return to Olhao, Portugal, on their boat “Bom Pastor”. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The harbour of Olhao in Portugal used to be a busy working harbour back in 1988. And a beautiful one, I have to say, offering plenty of photo opportunities. We were waiting for our passenger ferry to the Ilha do Farol and had enough time to explore the harbour.

A while ago I already shared an image of fishermen working at the harbour, and now I stumbled upon this photo of the ship Bom Pastor (registration SN442C) as it returns to the harbour. The crew is tired but relaxed, and I especially like the one who sits in the front of the boat with his lower legs dangling over the edge of the ship.

The houses in the back are located on the island of Armona near Olhao. The long focal length shrinks the distance quite a bit, and the slight blur is very nice.

By the way, the fleet of fish boats seems to be smaller todday, and the area has changed significantly.

The high resolution image

Captured DateAugust 1988
LocationOlhao, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensFD 70-210mm f/4
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 Dimensions6695 x 4478 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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