Helsinki at Night

FEBRUARY 2003 – Nightly view across Töölönlahti and Mannerheimintie from the SAS Radisson Hesperia in Helsinki, Finland. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Petra and I did a weekend trip to Helsinki to see some old friends and explore the city during winter. We stayed at the SAS Radisson Hesperia Hotel (now Crowne Plaza Helsinki). It is directly located at the Töölönlahti with nice views and convenient access to public transport towards the town center. The airport bus has a stop not far away, so it is easy to get from and to the airport. The lake was frozen (!) when we were there, and we could see people walking towards the city center using the shortcut across the lake.

The photo shows a nightly view from our room. The dark area to the left is the Töölönlahti. The street below is Mannerheimintie, which leads directly to Helsinki downtown. Sadly, I used just the new Kodak CD 4800 digital camera, so the ‘high resolution’ is not high at all by todays standards. But I like the photo anyway, and recently I made a 9 x 16″ print from it which turned out OK. Lovely.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time16-FEB-2003, 18:47
LocationHelsinki, Finland
CameraKodak DC 4800 Zoom Digital
Exposure6 sec at f/8
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions1861 x 1171 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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