Sunset, Sabaudia, Italy

SEPTEMBER 2000 – Sunset at Spiaggia Libera Lungomare Di Sabaudia, Italy. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Sunsets. They are magical, somehow, but were surprisingly difficult to capture on film. The bright light of the sun could easily mislead the exposure meter in your camera. With no immediate feedback of the result you could only hope for that magical moment to be captured well.

All this has changed today, and the pros just nail the exposure using manual mode, all others use the automatic exposures of their camera. If the image does not look good, just alter the settings a bit, and you’ve got a nice result. If you fail to get it totally right, just use the RAW image and correct digitally as needed. 🙂

Anyway, in September 2000 we spent two nights at the beautiful beach of Sabaudia at the Italian west coast. Just the Lungomare and some dunes were separating our tent from the beach. One evening we experienced another magical moment, and I was fortunate enough to capture it, apparently with the correct settings.

I love the clouds in the sky and in front of the sun that add to the mood. The water – especially at the bottom of the image – looks cold, and the dunes provide a detailed silhouette. Very nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date04-SEP-2000
LocationSaubaudia, Italy
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6441 x 4038 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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