The Colours of Copenhagen

Many years ago, before Adriana and I were married, we went to Denmark.  In February.  And it was cold.  I really remember the trip because it was one of my first trips with my “new” DSLR, a Canon EOS Rebel Xsi or something like that, the equivalent of a Canon 300D.  We wandered around the city and I swear the population was reduced to about 11 people; there just weren’t many people around due to the cold weather.

Well this time we went again, to enjoy the city in the summer.  I think Scandinavian countries are just awesome, particularly in summer.  There’s something about the culture and the population that really makes me want to take advantage of the extended northern sunshine.

But enough about the sunshine, let’s talk pictures!  As usual we stayed in a cool local place right in the center of town.  We were able to walk to an area of the city called Nyhavn Canal.  This is a great area with beautiful old buildings from the 17th and 18th century.  We ate dinner here one night and spent a fair amount of time taking photos (as does everyone else!)  The light was perfect and we were able to get some pretty good shots.  I’ll be honest – we spent a lot of time here and you’re going to see a helluva lot of pictures of Nyhavn Canal!

So let’s start with the evening photos.  The sky was cloudy which can create a nice backdrop; I like the atmosphere in these photos.

These happen to be 5 shot HDR photos.  The picture above has a nice leading line along the harbor that draws the eye into the frame.

I also snapped a picture of my beautiful wife – is that a baby bump I see there?

On this trip I didn’t bring a tripod so wasn’t able to take any high quality night photos. I did however take a night picture just to flex the ISO muscle on my camera.  It came out okay but this has had some noise reduction done using Dfine2.  But honestly the colours here don’t come out well so I’m not too impressed with that pic.

I also took some shots from “head on” – i.e. the other side of the canal (there’s only one side that has the colourful buildings).  So the picture below is the one I took in the evening, the one under that is the one I took the following morning.  I’m curious to see which one people like more.  I love the color pop and I admit I’m guilty of possibly overcooking these but honestly the colours were just so incredible while we were there and I wanted to re-create that memory.

I think I like the one taken in the morning more, but not quite sure.  I edited the “sunny” photo in Photoshop and used levels on the water to bring out the reflections a bit more, I liked the way the colours melded together as if in a painting.

The morning sun was really great, and we took full advantage walking around the docks to get shots of the buildings from all angles.  And there were plenty of people around to make sure we got some decent pics of the two of us without a tripod.  I used my small 270 flash (trying to get used to carrying less weight while doing city breaks) and it did a nice job of providing the required fill light.

I also took a few more pictures getting the whole view down the long canal.  In the first one I processed it a little bit differently than normal and essentially took clarity out of the photo (usually I add a little bit in).  This creates a sort of glowing look; not sure if it works but wanted to keep it interesting.

The image below is the one you would see when you first walk to the canal.  This is the beginning of the entire group of buildings.

Finally I’ll close with this shot; this is at the other end of the canal, the yellow building there on the right is essentially the last building in the line.

I’ll stop there for now – I think that’s more pictures of colourful buildings than most people can deal with!  We also walked around other parts of the city and spent some time in Tivoli Gardens so in the coming days I’ll put a few more photos up on another post.

Now of course it’s time for me to hawk my goods; if you see any photos you like please check out my SmugMug portfolio or click on one of the photos below for a high quality print.

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About Aaron

A love of photography and travel have led to me creating this blog. I'm also interested in science, technology and the outdoors. I currently live in London with my beautiful wife and work in the telecommunications industry.
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11 Responses to The Colours of Copenhagen

  1. What a brilliant waterfront. These pictures are fabulous and welcome back!

  2. Ink Pastries says:

    GORGEOUS. I wanna go now!

  3. I like the colors of the buildings and the sky..so vibrant and energetic!..And I would just like to tell you that I have nominated your blog for One Lovely Blog Award. For more info please look up my latest post : http://memorabillion.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/one-lovely-blog-award/

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  5. Kely says:

    What a beautiful canal! I love when the sky is like the first photo, that amazing blue fascinates me, I could stay a whole day just watching a little but of clouds here and there and the blue behind. Congrats Aaron these pics are amazing!

    • Aaron says:

      Thank you Kely very much for the comment! You’re right – the blue sky was absolutely beautiful against the colorful buildings, we were fortunate to get some great weather!

  6. Gorgeous!!! I think I need to gain some skills in photoshop or something like that too, huh? So much to learn and so little time!! :-) It is funny how it is hard to decide which you prefer between two spectacular shots. I do think the sky of the evening shot adds some interest, but I truly love both and don’t know how to make that kind of decision!!

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