El Gouna, Egypt

NOVEMBER 2004 – The setting sun illuminates the waterfront of El Gouna in Egypt. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

El Gouna in Egypt is a beautiful village situated at the Red Sea. If offers all the amenities you’d be expecting from a village that successfully could turn itself into a truly popular tourist destination. If only – the village would not be entirely artifical. Well, it was back in 2004 when we visited the place.

Yes, this place had been just desert before the development started in the 1980s. (Wikipedia has more information.)

But I think the planners, construction companies and workers have done a terrific job, avoiding the terrible mistakes of other popular tourist destinations (like some coastal areas in Spain or Italy) and created an authentic atmosphere that matches the tourists’ expectations.

I shot this image shortly before sunset at one of the many artificial arms of the lagoon, and I love the contrast of the warm sunlight and the dark shadows of the umbrellas and the palm. The paddler adds a nice human element. A nice shot.

The high resolution image

Capture Date24-NOV-2004, 16:23
LocationEl Gouna, Egypt
CameraSony DSC-P72
Exposure1/200 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3300 x 2475 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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