May 2018 – For many, the vibrant, colourful facades lined along Nyhavn’s waterfront is likely the first image that springs to mind at the mention of Copenhagen. Well, that and the Little Mermaid statue (which we did not end up seeing during our time in the city).
Appearing on countless postcards, the buildings are undeniably picturesque, especially when seen from the other side of the canal. However, as a photographer, a place like this can often present a challenge – how do you come up with something creative when the location has been photographed countless times before?
Personally, I find the key is to remind yourself that it’s all about having fun with your camera…and to ignore the voices of the other photographers that like to throw around the word cliché to describe such scenes. This is about you and your craft and you’re going to enjoy the moment and come up with up some images you’re happy to call your own!
The throng of visitors were out in force on this unusually warm afternoon in May, so after a short walk up and down the promenade we decided to head to Freetown Christiania instead, with plans to return later in the evening when the crowds would have hopefully thinned a little.
Thankfully it was considerably less busy by the time we returned at around sunset, which made getting shots on the tripod much easier. The reflections along the canal during this time were absolutely mesmerising, and the calm stillness in the waters along with the relaxed atmosphere in Nyhavn made for a very pleasant evening of photography.
And isn’t that what it’s all about?