Sunset in St.-Peter-Ording, Germany

MARCH 2007 – At sunset time, a seagull flies along the beach of St.-Peter-Ording, Germany, bypassing two of the beach chairs that are typical for Northern Germany. The small village at the North Sea has been a popular tourist destination for more than 120 years and offers tranquility, fresh air and many attractive photo opportunities. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In early spring 2007 we took a week off to relax in Northern Germany. I had always wanted to stay in St.-Peter-Ording, because I found photos in the archive showing my grandparents at this beach already in the 1940s.

When I considered to blog about this photo I wondered whether this might be too cheesy, too many stereotypes: The sunset, the seagull, the beach chairs – all in one image. I also was worried that I might have overdone the editing back then. So I inspected the original RAW file. And guess what? It’s not at all over edited! It’s almost straight from the camera. I just raised the saturation a bit and cropped off a bit from the sky, and that’s it. Nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time24-MAR-2007, 18:27
LocationSt.-Peter-Ording, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/200 sec at f/10
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4345 x 2976 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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