Up early in Copenhagen

Do you get up early to shoot when you travel?  You should!

I know, I know - it's hard to get up in the morning.  It's dark outside, and you are all comfy in your bed, and you stayed up too late last night anyways.  Well, that's what caffeine is for.  It gets you peppy and then you can go conquer some photo sites!

I make a habit of getting up and shooting sunrise whenever I am on the road.  Not every sunrise, mind you - I do need some sleep.  But I love wandering the streets of some town by myself in the wee hours, before the hustle and bustle of daily life kicks in.  It's pretty amazing.

And I usually find that I have things mostly to myself, which is the main reason I get up.  I'm a bit of an introvert by nature, and being able to wander high-traffic spots without the distraction (or nuisance) of a lot of tourists makes for better photos and a nice, quiet start to the day.

So back in March when I was in Copenhagen, I got up a couple of times to shoot sunrise there.  It's a beautiful city any time of day, but being able to wander around today's location at sunrise is just fabulous.  Believe me, this places gets really crowded later, especially at night! 

And speaking of today's location, this is Nyhavn, their historic harbor and waterfront dining/entertainment district.  It's wicked cool here, in my opinion, and super photogenic.  I make a point to stay in a nearby hotel, just so that I can get here easily in the mornings.  It's worth it!

Today's pics are all 3 exposure HDRs that were merged in Photomatix and then additional filters were applied in Color Efex Pro, with final touch-up in Lightroom.