Swan During Take Off, Germany

MARCH 2007 – A swan gains speed for lift off in Munich, Germany. Photo © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

On a sunny day I visited Nymphenburg Castle in Munich. There’s a big pond right in front of the castle, and there are all kinds of birds – ducks, goose, and swans!

The take-off of a swan is spectacular: they are so heavy that they need a good distance to get out of the water but they have to keep paddling a little longer to be fully airbound. I guess it is as spectacular for the swans. Since there is so much space at the ponds and channels around the castle you have a good chance to capture swans taking off (and landing) without other birds disturbing the frame. And yes, I admit that I cropped off a bit at the left and at the top of the frame to get to this image.

Anyway, the photo shows clearly where the swan had touched the water during his start. Nice.


The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time13-MAR-2007, 10:16
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 70-200 mm 2.8 L USM
ISO400
Exposure1/2500 sec at f/8
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3774 x 2123 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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