Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

MARCH 2007 – View at the red illuminated, transparent walls of the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In March 2007 I was planning my long exposure photo of the Allianz Arena in Munich. Usually I explore the location and its surroundings to find the perfect spot for the picture I have in mind. I also take the camera to do some test shots.

Here, I put the 70-200 mm lens to good use and captured the outer wall of the arena. It is transparent and can be illuminated from within. Back in 2007, the only available colors were red, blue, and white. Red for the leading German soccer club FC Bayern München, blue for its small local opponent, 1860 München, and white as a neutral color. Today the stadium can be illuminated in any color, e.g. green on St. Patrick’s day. Even rainbow colors are possible.

Anyway, I like this shot so much because of the red dominance and the fact that the transparency reveals some details of the interior (but not all). It is as if the curtain of a stage if lifted just a little. Despite the simplicity of the photo it is challenging to identity what you’re actually looking at. After all, it’s a rare sight. (Here, you can see the huge stairs that lead up inside the stadium, giving a hint of the huge size of the building.)

Really nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time13-MAR-2007, 19:14
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 70-200 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/160 sec at f/2.8
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4597 x 3064 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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