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An Immortal Coastline
Photograph by Alexandra Boulat

Beneath the highlands of Normandy, low tide widens the D-Day shore. On June 6, 1944, obstacles studded the sand as 200,000 Allied troops stormed Hitler’s “Fortress Europe.” The five invasion beaches encompassed some 45 miles (72 kilometers) of coastline. In this view, tucked in the distance, is the seaside town of Arromanches-les-Bains off Gold Beach, which was stormed by the British and became the site of the Mulberry harbor that served as an artificial port for Allied reinforcements and supplies. Farther east lies Juno Beach, taken by Canadian forces, and Sword Beach, scene of another British assault. To the west are the U.S. beaches of Utah and Omaha.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1
Film Type: Velvia
Lens: Canon zoom lens 17/35 mm f.2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: 6 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: N/A


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