Three Trees, near Kiel, Germany, 1987

1987 – Three trees next to a bench overlook ice floes on the Baltic Sea near Kiel, Germany, on a cold winter day. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

When I started to seriously be attracted by art photography I developed an interest in lonely trees. You may have seen variations of that theme in previous posts.

This is my earliest photo of that theme, dating back to early 1987. The winter 1986/87 had been quite cold and I decided to drive to the steep cliffs of Stohl, near Kiel, Germany, and take a walk to take some awesome photos. I still remember the icy wind which made it really uncomfortable to shoot. Actually, it was much colder than I had imagined. Yet I did the walk and encountered these three trees next to an empty bench. Note the ice floes passing by in the background! By the way, the trees and the bench are probably long gone, because the steep cliffs in that area tend to break off just a bit every winter.

Today, I would consider putting the trees more off-center and add some space on the right. Then again, the centricity of the trees still does something for me. I was just beginning to explore photography trying to learn from experience. 😉

Sadly, I just have a single photo print today, and its quality is only so-so. Still, I thought I share the roots of my ‘Lonely Tree’ series with you.

The high resolution image

Capture Date1987
LocationStohl, Germany
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210 mm f/4
Image Source10 x 13 cm print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6025 x 4051 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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