Nymphenburg Castle, Munich

SEPTEMBER 2005 – The northern wing of Nymphenburg Castle in Munich, Germany, on a sunny summer day. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

I had purchased my first DSLR a couple of days before and wanted to do a couple of test shots to get used to the new camera. Since 1983, I had been using the Canon AE-1 Program, a solid analog SLR camera that gave excellent results with the right films and lenses.

Now I had transported myself into a completely new galaxy, and I was holding Canon’s flagship, the EOS-1Ds Mark II, in my hands. Sure, I had been experimenting with digital point-and-shoot cameras before, but for the “real stuff” I had been relying mostly on film cameras, because the resolution of digital cameras had not been good enough before (in my view.)

All this changed with this new body and the three lenses I had also purchased: a 24-70 mm, a 70-210 mm, and a 50 mm.

And Munich has some fantastic places for taking test shots. I opted for Nymphenburg Castle which was just around the corner of our home. This is one of the very first images I captured, and I still find the result stunning. The precision of the colors, the contrast, the ease of handling. All this made me forget about the old analog world pretty quickly, and I have never looked back. (By the way, this is not true. Actually, every once in a while I think it would be nice to own an AE-1 Program body again, just for nostaglic reasons. But I wouldn’t want to go back shooting film.)

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time16-SEP-2005, 12:58
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 50 mm 1.4 USM
Exposure1/80 sec at f/22
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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