Oktoberfest 2008 – six months to go!

Just a quick heads up for you guys (and girls) waiting for the 2008 edition of the Oktoberfest to begin: It’s now less than six months away! Hoo-rah!

The fest will open September 20th, so please make sure to read our Oktoberfest FAQ to prepare yourself, then have a nice cold beer (for training purposes only), and enjoy this photo for the duration:

Oktoberfest in Munich
Mark Zanzig/zettpress

This is the view from just below the Bavaria statue on Munich’s Theresienwiese on one of those warm and cozy evenings in September 2007.

I took my tripod to the festival (which is usually not a good idea, as you won’t get in anywhere) and positioned myself between all the tired guests on the stairs leading up to the Bavaria. The idea was to wait until after sunset to catch the twilight. I wanted a crisp, noiseless picture, so I opted for ISO 100. I put up the EF 24-70/2.8L at 70 mm, and manually set the aperture to f/22 and the exposure to 16 seconds. Voilá.

In the picture you can see a lot of funny details, like the guy in the front taking a photo, or the girl in black to the left, who apparently has not moved during the whole time! And then of course the small stands in the middle, who sit like rocks in the sea of people. Too bad that the beerstein on top of the Paulaner tent did rotate so fast, but I guess you can’t have everything.

In any case, I am very much looking forward to this Oktoberfest. I hope you do too.

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