Blue Hour at Lago Maggiore, Switzerland

AUGUST 2008 – Nightly view from the Albergo-Ristorante Bella Vista in Brissago, Ticino, Switzerland, across the Lago Maggiore with Ascona in the back. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

We were visiting Ticino, the Italian speaking region of Switzerland. Our hotel, the Albergo-Ristorante Bella Vista, was located high above the Lago di Maggiore and could only be reached through a very winded street in Brissago. Brissago is the last village in Switzerland, and Italy is really, really close.

From the hotel we had fantastic views across the lake, and one evening I grabbed the tripod and did a couple of long exposures. Back then I did not yet have the remote timer TC-80N3 so I fiddled with the self-timer function of the camera and ended up with the longest exposure time available (30 seconds). The result is truly stunning, I think.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time27-AUG-2008, 20:52
LocationBrissago, Switzerland
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8L USM
Exposure30 sec at f/11
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4721 x 3147 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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