Seagull, Büsum, Germany

MARCH 2007 – A seagull rests on a pole at the harbor of Büsum, Germany. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

A seagull? Really?

Yes. Büsum is a busy tourist destination at all times, even during late winter and early spring. This surprised us, because it had been rather cold and windy during our short trip to the North Sea in 2007. But when we arrived in Büsum, it was busy with tourists. There where fisher boats arriving at the harbor, unloading their nightly catch – North Sea Shrimps – right in front of the visitors.

The Shrimps can’t get more fresh than here, so we grabbed two of the traditional shrimp rolls and sat down at the harbor to enjoy the tasty food. And there it was: The white pole with a black steel band. And a seagull on top. The seagull was observing the surroundings, waiting for some fish to be thrown over board by the fishermen (unlikely) or for a fish roll to be dropped by a tourist (more likely).

I found the restricted color set (just blue, black, and white) very attractive. I also like the fact that no tourist was visible. I think it’s a beautiful shot, perfect for the lovers of maritime imagery.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time27-MAR-2007, 15:53
LocationBüsum, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 70-200 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/200 sec. at f/25
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4621 x 3081 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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