Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager, linked to Malmo in southern Sweden by the Öresund Bridge. Indre By, the central district, contains 18th-century, rococo Frederiksstaden, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace. The city’s center also has the Christiansborg parliament building and the Renaissance Rosenborg Castle, which has a museum of royal artifacts and a popular garden.
As the old proverb goes, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy“. For those of us that are self employed and it doesn’t matter the profession its easy to forget to have fun and time off. During the summer when I had a little down time I booked three sets of return flights to cities that I had never been to before. I think the three sets of flights didn’t come to any more than €200 so it wasn’t a massive outlay. The first break would be to Copenhagen. I would make the trip with my girlfriend Jill and my two friends Michael and Aoife.
As with a lot of my trips we decided to use AirBNB to source our accommodation. The apartment we stayed in wasn’t bad but as it was someones actual house you have to remember that certain AirBNB homes are a little more worn than others. Transport over to Copenhagen was easy with a mix of cars, flights and trains.
I had planned originally to take my Canon G7X compact camera but due the touchscreen being cracked I had to send it back to Canon for repair. I packed my trusty Nikon D750, 35mm and 85mm lenses and got snap happy.
First things first, despite Copenhagen being roughly on the same latitude as Northern Ireland its a lot colder! So if you go any time past Summer make sure you wrap up warm. If you’re out on a photographic adventure I would highly recommend a pair of gloves as your hands will be outside of your pockets a lot. Copenhagen is very photogenic city and despite the weather being pretty grey I did manage to take a couple of photos.
Copenhagen is a bike mad city. Unlike a lot of cities in the UK, Copenhagen see’s bicycles as a method of daily transport rather than a recreational activity. Belfast was behind in terms of its cycling infrastructure and attitudes but things are changing. Since things like the Giro and Belfast Bikes scheme hit our city cycling is very much on the up. The Belfast Bikes scheme have just announced an expansion of more docks just today.
Shooting on prime lenses (for some one who’s not used to it) is a surprisingly refreshing experience. Its a simple way of working. If you cant fit it in step back, if it doesn’t fill the frame step forward. Coupled with super wide apertures it can be a fun experience. I do use primes occasionally for work but most times I stick to the 24-70mm and 70-200mm for ultimate flexibility.