May 2018 – For many first-time visitors, the vibrant, colourful facades lined along Nyhavn’s waterfront would have to be the first image that comes 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 you may find yourself wondering if there’s any point in spending time capturing something that has been photographed so often?
My answer to that is, absolutely.
The key is to remember 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!
We were fortunate to arrive on a sunny day…come to think of it, it was sunny the entire time we were in the city (as well as being unusually warm for May). The crowds were out in force in the afternoon, 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?