Ascona, Switzerland

AUGUST 2008 – A couple on a bench enjoys the view across Lago Maggiore at the piazza of Ascona, Switzerland. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Ascona is one of the must-see attractions when exploring the magnificient Lago Maggiore in the Alps. Located on the Swiss side of the lake, it combines Swiss precision with Italian lifestyle.

I like this image for two reasons: Firstly, it captures the beauty of the lake and the summer-like, relaxed feeling it can create. Secondly, it shows one of the truly Italian specialities: hydrofoils that cross the lake as fast passenger ferries. Here, it’s the Freccia dei Giardini that had achieved a high speed already, lifting the body of the ship out of the water. Impressive.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time24-AUG-2008, 17:40
LocationAscona, Switzerland
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/1000 sec at f/8
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4794 x 2772 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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