Klippan Island, Helsinki, Finland

FEBRUARY 2003 – The Klippan island near Helsinki, Finland, can be conveniently reached by walking across the frozen Baltic Sea. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

Snow and ice are ubiquitous in Helsinki during the winter. The big harbour can freeze all over with just the main route for the big ships kept free by ice breakers. Now, this lets you walk safely on the ice and explore the area from unusual view points.

For example, we stepped on the ice to walk around the Kapplan island in front of the South Harbour on a sunny (but extremely cold) day. The building on the island is the Ravintola Saaristo, an Art Nouveau style villa built in 1899. The restaurant offers high quality Scandinavian cuisine and is known for its Finnish crayfish parties during the season. Sadly (for us), it opens just during the summer season, from May to September.

I love the harsh contrasts by the relatively low midday sun, creating a silhouette of the building and island. The lens flare adds some artificial detail to the blue sky. There’s a lot of copy space. It can be cropped in many ways. And it works extremely well when converted into an black and white image. A very nice image.

A black and white photo shows Klippan island near Helsinki, Finland, on a sunny winter day. © Mark Zanzig

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time15-FEB-2003
LocationHelsinki, Finland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
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 Dimensions6420 x 3611 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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