Parliament Buildings, Munich, Germany

MARCH 2007 – A long exposure photo at night shows the Maximiliansbrücke in Munich, Germany, which leads up to the parliament of the state of Bavaria. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Long exposures are fun for several reasons. First, you can hardly predict the exact outcome of a long exposure. You have an idea when you start but whether you can realize it under the given circumstances is unclear. Second, you need patience and a super solid tripod. Otherwise you won’t be able to get a decent shot. Third, the results are often unusual and show an otherwise boring location in an entirely different way.

For this photo I chose a traffic island at the end of the prestigious Maximilianstraße in Munich. The traffic, including the trams, would flow ‘around’ me and leave their colorful traces. I began right after sunset but the best results were really when the darkness had set in. While I am not a big fan of the overhead lines, there was nothing I could do about them. I like this photo for the strong, powerful colors, for the multiple tiny lights surrounded by star shaped beams, and for its symmetry. Hope you like it, too.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time21-MAR-2007, 18:54
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure18 sec at f/22
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4678 x 3119 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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