BMW Z4 (I)

OCTOBER 2007 – A brand new white BMW Z4 photographed at the Nymphenburg Channel in Munich, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

One wealthy client asked me to shoot the brand new BMW Z4 he had purchased for his wife as a gift. He said he wanted a photo to remember the car. He specifically did not want his wife or himself to be present in the picture. “Just the car,” he told me, “just the car.” I did not ask a lot of questions, but accepted this request as the quirky characteristic of a very special personality.

And so, on a sunny day in October, the car dealer and I took the new car prior to delivery to two attractive locations in Munich: first to the Nymphenburg Channel, then to the Leopoldstraße in the city center (which is basically the High Street of Munich.)

At the Nymphenburg Channel, I told the driver where to park the car. I positioned the camera on the tripod almost on the ground to be on level with the main body of the car to get a full side shot. The natural light beautifully illuminated the colored leafs of the trees and highlighted the streamlined design of the car.

The result: One of several attractive photos, and a happy client who fell in love with the images. Nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time15-OCT-2007, 15:12
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 70-200 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/6 sec at f/32
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4846 x 3231 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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