Mystical Winter Scenery, Bavaria

DECEMBER 2017 – A frozen swamp in the forest of the mountain animal reserve in Blindham, Germany, offers a mystical winter scenery to the photographer. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

On Christmas Eve 2017 we decided to visit the mountain animal reserve of Blindham in Bavaria. The cold temperatures of the past couple of days had frozen this swamp in the forest. The fading afternoon sun reflected beautifully on the ice, turning the forest into a mystical place.

I did not bring the pro gear, but fortunately I had my smartphone. And guess what? This image is almost straight from the original image. I just gently increased contrast and saturation. Otherwise the image is presented “as is”. A really good – no make that “great” – shot.

Time and again I am amazed what technology can do today. If I remember the beginnings of digital photography, I really like this development.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time25-DEC-2017, 13:59
LocationBergtierpark Blindham, Germany
CameraSamsung Galaxy S5 Neo (SM-G903F)
Exposure1/50 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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