Mercedes-Benz House, Munich, Germany

MARCH 2007 – During evening rushhour, cars leave bright red and white traces while moving on one of Germany’s busiest streets, the B2R heading south in Munich. In the back, the building of the Mercedes Benz subsidiary overtowers the traffic. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In 2007 we were still living in the lovely quarter of Neuhausen in Munich, Germany. I had always wanted to do a long exposure shot of the B2R, one of the ten busiest streets in Germany. One evening I grabbed the gear and the tripod and waited for the perfect moment above the exit of a tunnel. But at 15 seconds exposure time, it was much more than ‘a moment’ that I was capturing.

I like this shot because of the bright colors, the gentle flow of the traffic, the star-shaped lights, and the total sharpness of the photo (despite the long exposure time.)

If you look closely you will find that the brand mark of Mercedes Benz tower seems to be slightly blurred. That’s because the illuminated logo is constantly turning around its vertical axis, and this motion caused its light to leave traces as well.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time15-MAR-2007, 18:39
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 70-200 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure15 sec at f/32
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3328 x 4992 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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