1987 – Three trees next to a bench overlook ice floes on the Baltic Sea near Kiel, Germany, on a cold winter day. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com
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
|Camera||Canon AE-1 Program|
|Lens||Canon FD 70-210 mm f/4|
|Image Source||10 x 13 cm print|
|Digital Image Source||EPSON Perfection 4870 Photo|
|Digital Image Source Format||TIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB|
|Edited Image Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Dimensions||6025 x 4051 Pixels|
|Copyright||© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com|