Madrid at Night

SEPTEMBER 2001 – Shortly before midnight, a car rushes by on the Plaza de la Independencia with the Puerta de Alcala in Madrid, Spain. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In the summer of 2001, I spent several weeks in Madrid, Spain. For one of those trips I brought my brand new digital camera: a Kodak DC 4800 Zoom Digital, featuring an amazing image sensor with a whopping 3.1 megapixels. While this was just about 30% of the number of pixels you could get from a 35 mm slide film, it was still amazing to capture decent, well exposed photos and see them right a second later on the built-in screen. Yep, folks. This was super cool, top notch photo technology. Back in 2001.

I took this photo while walking towards the city center to get some more long exposures of the really busy Calle Alcala at night. This shot was just a test shot to see how well the camera would cope with long exposures. And it turned out that it was coping very well with this difficult situation!

I still like this shot because the illuminated Puerta de Alcala is like a lit door in the darkness, an entry point for a historic city that just waits to be explored by the traveller. And the image reminds me of the valuable time I spent in Spain in that year.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time30-SEP-2001, 23:05
LocationPuerte de Alcala, Madrid, Spain
CameraKodak DC 4800 Zoom Digital
Exposure1/8 sec at f/2.8
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2160 x 896 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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