Pontiac Grand Am, Monument Valley, Arizona

SEPTEMBER 2003 – A white Pontiac Grand Am sedan car is surrounded by red rocks, illuminated by the late afternoon sun at the Monument Valley, Arizona, USA. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

Despite me being rather tall (6’5″), we had booked a small four door sedan car for our USA trip. We thought that it wouldn’t be too bad and wanted to save some money in order to stay a bit longer and make this long trip truly unforgettable.

However, when we picked up the car at the Avis rental station in San Francisco, the service agent looked us, shook her head and said something like: “Oh, you’re soo tall. I’m afraid the car you’ve booked won’t work too well for you.” And then she provided us a free upgrade to the next category.

We got this white Pontiac Grand Am sedan car, and we were extemely happy with it. It mastered all roads without giving problems, like here at the Monument Valley in Arizona. After our sidetrip to the Valley it was covered all over with red dust and looked really dirty. Fortunately, that dust went away rather quickly.

I like this shot for its wide angle and clear blue sky. Surrounded just by red rocks, the white car looks like an alien spaceship (well, almost) that has landed on Mars (or Monument Valley.) Lovely.


The high resolution image

Capture Date14-SEP-2003
LocationMonument Valley, Arizona
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3833 x 2509 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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