Gedächtniskirche, Berlin, Germany

SEPTEMBER 2001 – The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (aka ‘Gedächtniskirche’) at Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

Here’s an interesting shot showing the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Gedächtniskirche in German) in Berlin, seen from Kurfürstendamm. It’s a historic and iconic church (The official Berlin site has the details.)

What makes this shot interesting (for me) is the fact that it was pulled straight from the camera with no edits made in Photoshop. I have not cropped or resized the image, I did not alter colors, saturation, contrast. Not even sharpness. the colors have Neither the size has been changed, nor the colors or contrast. I did not even apply sharpening. I just added the watermark and saved it “for Web” with a medium quality setting.

So, where’s the point, I hear you ask. This image is from a 2001 digital point-and-shoot camera, the Kodak DC 4800 Zoom Digital. That was a time when smartphone photography was still at concept stage! And I could pull a high quality image from the camera and use it right away. Just wow. It’s so sad that Kodak has stopped developing their digital line. Because this image is the proof that they got it right.

Of course, one may argue that the light was perfect and not challenging at all. True. The image is tiny when compared to modern smartphones. True. But it was a different time. That technology was simply not available on a large scale.

So, I like this image. For the technology that captured it so vividly.


The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time02-SEP-2001, 12:28
LocationBerlin, Germany
CameraKodak DC 4800 Zoom Digital
ISO200
Exposure1/1000 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions1440 x 2160 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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