Alfred Basin, Cape Town, South Africa

MARCH 2004 – After a training, an offshore rowing boat team returns to the Alfred Basin at the harbour of Cape Town, South Africa. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

I’d attribute the label of ‘magic’ to Cape Town in South Africa. Here, you will meet a wide range of cultures, explore stunning landscapes and discover countless opportunities for exciting photos.

This photo is a good example. We were walking along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (V&A) which is a working harbour and a shopping/entertainment center at the same time. Here Cape Town presents itself truly from its best side. The sunset was approaching in the late afternoon, and we gazed at the Alfred Basin from the Clocktower Bridge. Suddenly, this offshore rowing boat – 24 rowers and one captain – appeared from behind and under the bridge, returning home from a training in the open sea in front of the city. Brave men and women!

The sunlight was indeed magic, and I was happy to capture this beautiful image.

The high resolution image

Capture Date02-MAR-2004
LocationCape Town, South Africa
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210 mm f/4
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 Dimensions3647 x 2431 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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