Solitaire, Namibia

DECEMBER 2006 – The Solitaire petrol station and rest area at the junction of Namibia’s C-14 and C-19 highways. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

We had learned our lesson: When you’re driving along the highways of Namibia, just use every petrol station that you will encounter. Otherwise you might encounter problems. What’s more, it’s also nice to have a chat with folks and relax for a moment.

So, when we approached the Solitaire rest area and petrol station, we had planned already for a stop. But who would have thought that it’s also a great place to take photos? This image has a lot of African mood to it: two 4x4s, one even painted in Zebra design, bright sunshine, a clear sky, and very few people in that remote place. Copyspace top left and bottom right makes it even better and more useful.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time04-DEC-2006, 15:58
LocationSolitaire, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/80 sec at f/16
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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