Kiel-Schilksee, Germany (I)

JUNE 1999 – The public beach at Schilksee in Kiel, Germany, during Kiel Week. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

This image shows the public beach in Kiel-Schilksee – one of the beaches I grew up with. It’s located next to the large yacht harbor and buildings of the 1972 Olympic Summer Games and was located just a 20 minute bike ride from our home.

In case you did not know, the sailing competitions of these Games were held in Kiel. And Schilksee, a rather small and peaceful community in the outskirts of Kiel, got a massive sailing center. All concrete and ugly as hell (as you can bet) but quite modern and with all the amenities you’d expect from a state-of-the-art marina, from supermarket to restaurants, from parking lots to large swimming hall. Well, if you look the other way (as this photo does), it’s still extremely beautiful.

Yet, I’m a bit confused about the weird colors of this shot. They are all blue and green with almost no red. Weird. I’ve looked up the original slide, and yes, the colors in the slide are just like this. I guess the most important effect is caused by the beach chairs with their dominating blue and green colors. Interesting.

The high resolution image

Capture DateJune 1999
LocationKiel, Germany
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210mm f/4
Image SourceSlide Film
Digital Image SourceKodak PhotoCD
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2965 x 1941 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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