Torre de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal (II)

DECEMBER 1999 – The sun of the late afternoon creates a dramatic silhouette of the Torre de Belém in Lisbon, Portugal. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Right next to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos in Lisbon, Portugal, you will find the Torre de Belem, a 35 meter tower. Completed in 1521, it used to be a lighthouse at first, guiding ships into the Tejo River. But it was used to defend the city of Lisbon as well. Back then, the tower was sitting deep in the river, far away from the coastline. Over time, as the city continued to grow, the coastline was coming closer and closer. Today the tower is just a few meters away from the mainland.

I like the harsh shadows created by the deep afternoon sun that turn the Torre into a dramatic silhouette. Very nice.

The high resolution image

Capture DateDecember 1999
LocationLisbon, Portugal
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 Dimensions6484 x 4143 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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