Praia de Alvor, Portugal, 1995

1995 – View towards west along the long beach of Alvor in Portugal of a sunny summer day. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here is a nice shot of Praia de Alvor as it presented itself to us in 1995: towards the west, it’s one giant beautiful beach. There were huge natural dunes that protected the village and lagoon from the forces of the Atlantic Ocean. Two women walk their dog along the waterline.

In general, the beach looks very similar today, just the dunes are way smaller. That’s why the community has added solid boardwalks that guide visitors over the dunes to protect the senstive environment.

By the way, I really had a hard time deciding for the right crop. I finally opted for the original full frame as the sky is really overwhelming. And there’s plenty of copyspace for those who need it.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1995
LocationAlvor, Portugal
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceSlide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6528 x 2628 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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