Unterhaching Ost

DECEMBER 2008 – Headlights and backlights of cars rushing by create a surreal, colorful image on a long exposure photo of the busy highway A8 near Unterhaching, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

I had a bit of spare time and decided to do a shot that I had wanted to do for a long time: A long exposure of the highway A8 during the blue hour. So I grabbed a tripod and my gear bag, hopped on my bicycle and drove to a perfect location on the former Neubiberg airbase. You stand up high above the highway on a tunnel, so you have a solid base for your tripod with no chance of slight movements that you would usually experience from a bridge.

At -6 °C it was quite cold, but the sky was clear, and the light was perfect. The sun had set already, and the blue hour was creating a shimmery blue that was getting darker by the minute. I set the timer to 25 seconds and waited. And waited. And waited some more.

The result: an awesome, surreal image that consists just of three colors – blue, white, and red. Nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time09-DEC-2008, 17:54
LocationUnterhaching, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark III
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure25 sec at f/16
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions5616 x 3744 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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