Fun Ride, Munich

SEPTEMBER 2005 – The ‘Star Flyer’ fun ride swirls around passengers, 35 meters above the ground at the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here’s an interesting shot from the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. The Star Flyer was one of the brand new fun rides in 2005. It takes up to 24 passengers to a height of 35 meters and swirls them around almost horizontally. The passengers achieve a speed of up to 80 km/h during the ride. (Here’s an impressive on-ride video.)

I decided for a graphical approach to this image. The strong core structure of the fun ride emerges from the lower left corner (instead of putting it to the center), and the swirling arms at the top form a circular shape, with the passengers being just tiny drops at the end of the arms.

I guess it must be a dramatic experience, as I am afraid of height. And I like that the dramatic look illustrates the experience.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time21-SEP-2005, 13:09
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/100 sec at f/22
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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