Blue hour at Nyhavn

Blue hour at Nyhavn

The scenic beauty of Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark...all aglow during blue hour.

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A night at Nyhavn

A night at Nyhavn

Nightfall at Nyhavn, the historic waterfront entertainment district in Copenhagen - and my favorite place to photograph in a city that is full of great spots.

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Stacking presets in Aurora HDR Pro

Stacking presets in Aurora HDR Pro

Today I take a photo from Copenhagen and walk you through my workflow for creating this HDR.  I use Aurora HDR Pro and create several layers in order to apply presets and selectively target them to specific parts of the photo.  It may sound complicated, but it's easy!  Join the fun!

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Up early in Copenhagen

Up early in Copenhagen

Today I share 5 HDR photos that I captured one fine morning in Copenhagen, Denmark.  It's a beauty of a town and at sunrise it's even more photogenic than normal!  Enjoy these shots of Nyhavn, the historic harbor front district in Copenhagen!

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Catching up with Copenhagen

Catching up with Copenhagen

Today's post is all about Copenhagen, that lovely Danish city.  So much awesomeness there, especially around their historic harborfront area known as Nyhavn.  Take a peek and if you ever get to Copenhagen, be sure and spend some time shooting at Nyhavn - you'll be glad you did!

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Morning at Nyhavn

Morning at Nyhavn

On my recent trip to Copenhagen, I got up early one morning to head over to Nyhavn, their historic harbor front entertainment area.  It's quite beautiful, and I fired a lot of photos.  I made a concerted effort to shoot it differently than I have in previous trips, and I think I succeeded.  Take a look at these 12 photos and let me know what you think!

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The cafe life in Copenhagen

Ok, I admit it - I have a thing for European cafes.

Aren't they just awesome?  I know Paris is most famous for their cafe scene, but I find great little cafes in all of the various European cities that I travel to, and for various reasons, they are all beautiful and interesting looking.

Copenhagen is no exception.

When I first went to Copenhagen a couple of years ago, I was completely in love with an area known as Nyhavn.  It's their historic waterfront area from the 17th century, and is now an entertainment district lined with multi-colored cafes, restaurants, and bars.  It's beautiful, and incredibly photogenic.

There is a great collection of antique-looking wooden ships all moored there (though that will be the subject of a future post), right in the front of the cafes, and people are everywhere, eating, drinking, socializing, and of course just walking around and taking pictures.  :-)

On that last visit, as well as on my recent visit just a few weeks ago, I spent a decent amount of time there trying to photograph as much as possible, at different times of day.  With the way the light changes, I like to get back to awesome spots and shoot them under different conditions.  I love having different takes on the same subjects, but then again I'm just addicted to this sort of thing.

On my first evening there on this recent trip, after I got settled into my hotel and unpacked, I grabbed the gear and made the short walk over here to Nyhavn.  Based on my prior experience, I knew I wanted to spend a lot of time here, so I chose a hotel just a short walk away.  It was a great idea.

It was late afternoon and the sunset was approaching, so the light was just perfect, even though the sunset did not turn into anything spectacular.  I just walked up and down the street in front of the cafes, and fired away.  There were patrons at some of these establishments, and many of them looked at me as I set up and fired away, as if they were trying to decide if I was shooting them.  Of course I wasn't, but they didn't ask and I wasn't going to stop.  I just let them think whatever they wanted to think.  I didn't care - I had photos to take.

And take photos I did!  I must have grabbed a few hundred frames during that hour or so that I shot there, and that means I have a lot more to share as soon as I can find time to process them.  So consider this a teaser of sorts, and keep coming back because I am just getting started on these Nyhavn shots!

These shots are all 7-frame HDRs created in Photomatix and adjusted in Color Efex Pro and Aperture.  These were all shot on a tripod, and no magic was used to remove the crowds of people.  I just waited for the scenes to be as clear as possible before shooting.

iPhone fun in Copenhagen

I recently spent about a week in Copenhagen - what a town!

I first visited Copenhagen, Denmark about 2 years ago and found it to be beautiful, historic, easy to navigate....and easy to photograph!  There really is a whole lot there to aim the camera at, that's for sure!  In fact, at the time, I added a list here on the blog of the best places to take photos in Copenhagen.  As soon as I can find the time, I will be adding several more spots to the list, because I definitely captured some new (to me) spots!

But as you may know from visiting here before (you have been here before, yes?), I also take quite a few iPhone shots when I am out and about, especially in Europe.  I just love shooting all this stuff, regardless of what I am shooting with.

And yes, I am WAY behind on sharing these little iPhone posts from my trips...

My last iPhone post was over a month ago, and I have been so many places since then.  The big spots were Dublin, Glasgow, Copenhagen (which I am covering today) and around various parts of Oregon.  But going back a ways I have stuff still to share from London, a different Glasgow trip, Amsterdam, Nashville, Germany and some more from France - trips that all happened last year.  See what I mean?  I may never catch up.

So take a few minutes and enjoy these iPhone shots from Copenhagen.  All of these are single exposures taken with my iPhone 4s, with adjustments made in Snapseed.  If you aren't using Snapseed, you are truly missing out.  It's the only app I use any more - it's just so powerful and gives you so much creative control.  Ok, enjoy the shots and thanks for stopping by!

 

Copenhagen is just beautiful

Have you ever visited Copenhagen?  If so, what did you think?

As I have stated here many times (and likely will again...like now), I loved Copenhagen.  I had never been to what I would consider northern Europe or Scandinavia, and I haven't been back since.  I hope that will change in 2014...we will find out.

Anyways, it was beautiful and just as culturally rich as the other parts of Europe that I have been to.  Not that I expected anything otherwise.  I didn't really know what to expect, come to think of it.  

Isn't this place just awesome?

And there were castles - you know I love those!

Lastly, there is Nyhavn.  This is their historic waterfront canal district which is now populated with bars, shops and restaurants.  There are also these great old wooden ships, and many of the townhouses lining the canal are brightly colored.  It's just beautiful.

I took this shot on my very first night there, during sunset.  It had been a rainy mess when I arrived after a long, long day of travel.  I thought about calling it a day, but curiosity always wins that battle, so off I went.  I'm sure glad I did!

And for fun, here is a screenshot I took during processing in Color Efex Pro, showing the "Before" on the Left and the "After" on the Right.  As you can see, I used 5 different filters here, all providing a specific effect on the final image.  In particular, I wanted to bring up the contrast and the color, which this is great for.