Sunrise, Unterhaching, Germany

OCTOBER 2021 – The rising sun illuminates blades of grass near Unterhaching, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

I had received my brand new Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens as a replacement for my broken 24-70 from 2005 (full story here) and wanted to put it to work as soon as possible to see what it can do for me.

So I took my bike and camera bag and drove off to the former military airfield of Neubiberg. It’s a large park today and is situated right around the corner, just a few minutes of biking.

The result: several shots of the sunrise over the park as well as stunning shots of the high grass blades illuminated by the rising sun, with a fantastic bokeh. Magnificient.

And yes, the new lens performs perfectly. It just does not feel as the old one which I got used to over the 15 years I owned it.

The large aperture of f/2.8 causes an extremely narrow depth of field, blurring even details on the same grass blade as this 1:1 cutout shows. © Mark Zanzig

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time03-OCT-2022, 07:25
LocationUnterhaching, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Exposure1/500 sec at f/2.8
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4717 x 3145 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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