König Ludwig Lauf, Ettal, Germany, 2007

FEBRUARY 2007 – Thousands of athletes set off for the König Ludwig Lauf, one of the most important cross country ski competitions in the world, in Ettal in Germany. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

I left my home in Munich early in the morning to get to Ettal near Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps to shoot a photo documentary of the König Ludwig Lauf. It’s one of the most important cross country ski competitions in the world and attracts thousands of athletes every year. I knew what to expect because I participated in the 20 km classical race in 2006, and I had envisioned a set of images that I wanted to capture.

Right after the start, the first and most promising athletes rush away, followed by a seemingly endless flow of amateurs who enjoy the experience. But it takes the athletes a while to get on the course, though, because the slopes are often blocked by others. But once the field has torn apart, it’s a very pleasant experience, and you can attack your personal best.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time03-FEB-2007, 09:01
LocationEttal, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark II N
LensCanon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure1/200 sec at f/7.1
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3504 x 2336 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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