Munich Gets A Hydrogene Car

APRIL 2007 – The city of Munich, Germany, receives the first hydrogene car to be used by its mayors. During a press conference BMW handed over a brand new BMW 7 series hydrogen to the officials. The photo shows an exact toy model of the car that stands on top of the real car that has been delivered. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The city of Munich has always been actively looking to protect the environment. As part of the diverse initiatives, the city received on 25th April 2007 the first hydrogene car to be used by the mayors of the city. It was delivered by the Director of BMW’s Research- and Traffic-Politics, Christoph Huss, to Munich’s lord mayor, Christian Ude (SPD), and mayor Christine Strobl (SPD). The BMW Hydrogen 7 was the first premium sedan car that could run on both fuel and hydrogen.

The press conference went uneventful but the photo opportunity was great. I remember a bigger crowd of colleagues (including me) taking the usual shots: Mr. Ude in front of the car, Mr. Ude talking to Mr. Huss, Mr. Ude waving from the driver’s seat. You get the idea. But the BMW folks had brought a model replica that looked exactly like the car that got delivered. Paint, interior design, and even the number plates were identical. I was still looking for a different shot and asked politely whether I could get the toy car for a minute or so, and of course, they happily agreed. I placed the toy car on top of the real car and took the photo above. The result: Beautiful colors and lots of copyspace for the editors. Nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time25-APR-2007, 14:58
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/200 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4753 x 2316 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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