Langenwaldsee, Freudenstadt, Germany, 1950s

UNDATED – A rower pulls the rudders strongly on the Langenwaldsee near Freudenstadt in Germany. Scan © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here’s an another undated image from the family archive. It shows Lake Langenwaldsee near Freudenstadt in Germany. A rower pulls the rudders in front of the Hotel Langenwaldsee.

Like the image of Freudenstadt I shared yesterday, I think this image has been shot in the early 1950s. The mediocre image quality suggests rather a shot in the 1930s. However, we can see a car that has been parked next to the hotel right at the lake. This seems to be more a model of 1950 than 1930. Well, well, I don’t know.

But I do know that the hotel has been owned and operated by the Walz/Kaltenbach families, now in the fourth generation. They have mainted and upgraded the hotel to become an impressive wellness hotel today.

Without ever having been there, I like the place a lot, mostly because of the almost magical reflection on the water of the lake. I understand that the photographer wanted to capture the (fast moving) rower, and so he did not have a lot of time for getting the focus right or erecting a tripod. The opportunity existed only for a few seconds. Hence the softness of the image, which adds (at least) makes it appear as if from a dream.

So, despite its technical weakness, I do like the image.

The high resolution image

Capture DateUndated, c. 1950
LocationNear Freudenstadt, Germany
Image Source7 x 10 cm b&w print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3171 x 4641 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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