Alexander von Humboldt, Baltic Sea

JUNE 1999 – The German tall ship Alexander von Humboldt sails towards the open Baltic Sea near Kiel, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here’s a shot from Kiel Week 1999 showing the tall ship Alexander von Humboldt ssailing towards the open Baltic Sea near Kiel.

The Alexander von Humboldt has a long history that goes back to 1906. It had been used for 80 years as a lighthouse ship. Then it got refurbished and upgraded to a genuine tall ship that got famous (at least in Germany) for the sponsoring by Beck’s Brewery. The German Wikipedia has the full story (in German).

I used the 70-210 mm tele zoom for this shot and placed the ship deliberately at the edge of the frame, splitting the frame exactly at the horizon into two parts. Lots of copyspace for those who need it, and countless opportunities to crop the image. Nice.

The high resolution image

Capture DateJune 1999
LocationKiel, Germany
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 70-210 mm f/4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4139 x 6209 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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