Lungomare, Bellaria, Rimini, Italy

SEPTEMBER 2022 – Early morning view along the beach of Bellaria near Rimini, Italy. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

While waiting for the sunrise I shot a long exposure along the beach of Bellaria near Rimini in Italy. I reduced ISO to 100 and opted for an aperture of f/16 to get to the desired 32 seconds exposure time. I steadied the camera on the nearby rocks and then happily did a couple of shots.

There are a couple of benefits from this super long exposure time. First, you’ll reduce noise significantly. Second, you’ll get a pretty sharp image (alas, as much as the lens allows.) Third, the gentle movement in the water will be slightly blurred, creating the impression of a smooth surface. Fourth, the f/16 aperture usually creates star shaped beams around bright, pointy lights (here: the building in the center.) And finally, any significant movement on the beach (e.g., runners) will simply vanish from the final image.

Very nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time06-SEP-2022, 06:11
LocationBellaria Igea Marina, Rimini, Italy
CameraCanon EOS M6 Mark II
LensCanon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Exposure32 sec at f/16
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR3)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6985 x 4631 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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