Praia do Castelejo, Portugal (I)

1995 – Waves roll onto Praia do Castelejo at the west coast of the Algarve region in Portugal. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

When re-visiting Portugal’s Algarve region in 1995 I explored the region using slide film. On earlier trips I had used negative films. This slide shows the beach of Castelejo (Praia do Casteljo) at the west coast near Vila do Bispo, Sagres, and Cabo de São Vicente, the south-western end of the European continent.

Here, at the Portugese west coast, the waves of the Atlantic Ocean hit the unprotected cliffs relentlessly and with venegance, and the rocks – over time – lose this battle every time. Consequently, the cliffs and beaches keep changing. Swimming can be dangerous due to the strong currents, and brave surfers have occupied the western beaches for their sport.

For this wide angle shot I walked several steps into the Ocean. I remember that some of the (still gentle) waves rocked my legs, but I was able to keep my balance. After all, I wanted a shot taken from within the water, not from the dry part of the beach. While this is not a breathtaking photo, I still like it.

The high resolution image

Capture Date1995
LocationAlgarve, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceKodak PhotoCD
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2916 x 1888 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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