Millstätter See, Kärnten, Austria

AUGUST 2020 – On a clear morning, the Millstätter See in Austria shows the entire blue color range at sunrise time. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

I love to run in the morning, and even more so when I’m on vacation. In 2020 we went to Seeboden in Austria, and it’s great to have a lake next to your track. I had started before sunrise, but when I returned, I realized that the light of the sunrise was getting perfect. Magical. Mesmerizing. So I went back to the Pichler pier to capture this photo looking towards south-east. Isn’t smartphone photography great?

I did not want to include the sun in the frame because it would have destroyed the wide range of subtle blue and light orange tones in the photo. As so often, I am surprised that only very little editing was needed here. Love it.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time01-AUG-2020, 06:56
LocationSeeboden, Kärnten, Austria
CameraSamsung Galaxy S5 Neo (SM-G903F)
Exposure1/1600 sec at f/1.9
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4608 x 2592 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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