Friday, May 31, 2013

Sun and shadows


Many photographers give the advice that you should avoid shooting in bright sun light as it will give deep black shadows, or at least you should use fill-in flash to get rid of the shadows. And the advice do have its merit. But for textures like this this fern I prefer a lot of sun as the contrast will bring out the details.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

In a snail shell

Long-time readers of this blog knows that I like my macro lens. And with a park within easy reach of most people in Copenhagen, there's no excuse to get out there and get some nice pics. This snail crossed my path in Valbyparken and became my unwilling model for a few minutes.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sci-fi vision in sand


Today's photo is another one from the Copenhagen Sand Festival, cphsand for short. This sand sculpture is a sci-fi vision towering 5-6 meters above the visitors and with a vortex to draw in the eye.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A big head

Another of the sand sculptures from the Copenhagen Sand Sculpture Festival. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

A lot of sand


At the Copenhagen Harbour front in Havnegade tons of sand has been sculptured into huge sand sculptures. With the theme Myths and Legends the Copenhagen Sand Sculpture Festival seems to be on the way to become a summer tradition. This is the second year they're here and I sure hope they'll be back with more in the years to come.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A time for macro


Spring is a splendid time to do some macro photography. The changes between rain and sun will get you the opportunity to catch the sun in the rain drops left on leaves like this.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Vikings vs. Saxons


The shows at the Copenhagen Medieval Market also included a mock battle between Vikings and Saxons. And these boys didn't hold back, it was full contact though with dulled blades so there wasn't any blood. But I'm sure there were more than just a few bruises. And they sure seemed to have a lot of fun handing them out.


Friday, May 24, 2013

Knights in shining armor


One of the more impressive shows at the Copenhagen Medieval Market was the Knight's Tournament where four knights on big horses showed their knightly skills. The coup-de-grace was this; two knights riding hard against each other trying to score a hit with the lances. It was of course just for show, so the lances were built to break and they didn't really try to un-horse each other, but it was impressive nonetheless.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

On a rainy day

On a rainy day there's still something to do photography-wise beside being home and doing tabletop photography. With rain puddles everywhere you can always try to catch some reflections of buildings and signs like this one.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Beating the drums


An important part of a real South American carnival is the samba music, with the drums as the main rhythm beater. And the rhythms from the Copenhagen Carnival can surely be heard. No wonder many of the musicians and dancers wear earplugs to avoid loss of hearing.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Medieval time travel


Yesterday I spend most of the day at the Copenhagen Medieval Market, which has become a tradition during Pentecost. With loads of market stalls selling wicker baskets, swords, equipment for role playing, ceramic flutes and a great many other things plus tournaments, medieval music, historic reenactment, jesters and other entertainment, it's no wonder that it's popular, especially to families. And to the photographer it's heaven on earth: It will take me some time to get through the 1.200 pics I took.


Monday, May 20, 2013

The carnival parade


Strøget in central Copenhagen was the traditional scene for the Copenhagen Carnival parade, the once-yearly chance for the Copenhageners and tourists to get a glimpse of the Latin dances and atmosphere. With the weather perfect we were in for a treat as Danish, Peruvian, Mexican and other groups competed for the attention of the crowds. And it wasn't all about showing as much skin as possibly, but about dancing to the rhythms as well, as this girl showed. The only downside was the waiting time. Why is the groups spaced with 10-20 minutes apart, so that the whole parade takes 5 hours to complete? Only the most fanatic stayed until the end and, sad to say, I wasn't among them.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Gumball 3000


Another of the many things happening in this Pentecost weekend in Copenhagen is the start of the Gumball 3000 race. And it will interesting to see how they avoid the thousands of marathon runners running in the same streets as they're going to use. At the approximately the same time. Btw today is not the day to go into Copenhagen by car or bus, as many roads will be closed down.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Busy weekend

This weekend in Copenhagen will be full of photo-ops. Saturday the Copenhagen Carnival will be in full swing with the traditional parade through the pedestrian area of Strøget and shows at DR Byen. It was actually cancelled due to a lcak of funds but was saved in the eleventh hour. Sunday most of the inner city will be closed off to traffic because of the Copenhagen Marathon. And the Copenhagen Medieval Market in Valbyparken will be on for the whole weekend with market stalls, tournaments and shows. For anyone keen on a bit of photography this weekend is heaven on earth. If the weather permit, that is.

Friday, May 17, 2013


The electric cars are (very) slowly beginning to show in Copenhagen. One of the newer players is Move About which offer pay-as-you-go electric cars in Copenhagen, as well as in Oslo, Gothenburg and Helsingborg. The biggest problem with electric cars in Copenhagen is the lack of power stations, so you better plan your trip accordingly.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tulips standing tall

In the park Kongens Have the tulips are standing tall. The gardeners in the parks of Copenhagen try to make sure that they have a big variety of flowers, so that the visitors always (in the warm months anyway) can enjoy flowers in full bloom.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cleaning Hans Christian Andersen


The statue of Hans Christian Andersen seemed to get a spring cleaning the other day by a group of youngsters with dust busters and brooms. And they made sure it was documented at the same time by a photographer. I really got the impression that this was some kind of happening and not really serious. Maybe it was the fact that they had a sign with the words Tourist Trap on it that tipped me off.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A never ending story


Don't get me wrong, I like the fact that Copenhagen is changing, and I really think that the many constructions will make the city a better place to live for all. But like many other Copenhageners I'm tired of having to change my routines and my way of getting from A to B on a daily basis. And I'm really looking forward to the day where the metro construction, the roadworks and the building constructions have been finished so that it will look like a city again instead of one big construction site. I also wish for the day where the constructors and city planners will show due consideration to the locals here. This dump truck driver is one of those that should have been taken on a lenghty course on how to behave when in close proximity of a busy station; he was reversing at speed into the construction site at Nørreport Station without a safety guy behind him. No one was hurt...this time!


Monday, May 13, 2013

Are we anarchists?



With the renovation of the Nørreport Station in central Copenhagen the many bicycles there pose quite a problem as they're placed everywhere. And it certainly doesn't help that a large portion of the bicyclists seem to have an anarchistic streak in them. To many Danes seem very ordered and regulated but this is one instance where many of us couldn't care less about order and others, as long as we can leave our bicycle as close to the station as possibly.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Have a fantastic day

Thursday morning this guy greeted the people at Nørreport Station in Copenhagen. Copenhageners are very used to people with signs so most just ignored him, until they realized that he didn't want money, he just wanted to wish them a fantastic day. All smiles and nice greetings to everybody, he sure spread a lot of nice feelings. Knick-named the Good-morning Man Kim Fyrst is best known in his home-town of Ringsted for standing beside the roads with his sign in the mornings, greeting people in all weather. And spreading the word that it is free to be nice. So have a fantastic Sunday.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Beware of the rear

The Copenhagen Carnival is due next weekend. After having been cancelled in December it was saved but scaled down from three days to one. So they apparently felt some advertising was needed, hence the ads on these buses. The text in Danish goes: Beware, the rear swings out.

Friday, May 10, 2013

A new weapon against parking violation?


No, this is not the way Copenhagen municipality punish parking violators, though some would actually find it a rather good idea. It's a piece of street art by artist Magnus Fuhr, who was inspired by a photo of an accident in Grand Canyon and decided to try to recreate it on central Copenhagen. If art is a question of getting attention this sure qualifies. On the day it was made the police were called and they couldn't decide what to make of it, until the artist got out from his nearby hiding place and told them what it was all about. It still gets the attention from tourists and locals alike as they pass it, do a double take and whip out their cameras to get the proof.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

The right place for the spring


Copenhagen Botanical Garden is the right place to be to see the spring unfold. After a major makeover during the last could of years, it is a park with a lot of nooks and crannies to have some quiet time in in the middle of the busy city.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spring is here


Finally the spring has really hit Copenhagen. The trees are blossoming here in Kongens Have, the King's Garden so it's time to enjoy the outdoor life again.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The shape of nature


The building housing the Blue Planet aquarium in Copenhagen is truly magnificent. All curves and clean lines its whirlwind shape of it sends the message that it is part of nature, even if it is made of steel and glass.


Monday, May 6, 2013



A relatively small fish tank at the Blue Planet aquarium near Copenhagen has a school of herrings going round and round, making circles in the sand. After looking at it for a few minutes the guests are almost in a trance.


Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Blue Planet


One of Copenhagen's newest attractions is the Blue Planet, Denmark's Aquarium, in Kastrup near Copenhagen Airport. The building itself is shaped like a whirlwind and inside it's packed with hot and warm aquariums, a bird cliff, a tropical area, sealions and a big tank with sharks, mantas and barracudas. There's enough to see for young and old for a few hours. But get there on weekdays and late in the afternoon, as it is packed with people in the weekends.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

The man with the golden nose

The Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe is the main inspiration for the new area in Tivoli. And of course there is a monument to his honour there, complete with big moustache and golden nose. He lost his nose in a duel and replaced it with a gold and a silver one for the rest of his life.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Flying with the eagles


A new ride in Tivoli in Copenhagen is the Aquila, Latin for Eagle, and that's a very apt name. The ride will turn the world upside down in a fairly high speed, so don't try it on a weak or too full stomach.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

A new view

These daffodils in Tivoli has a new view. Behind the Pantomime Theatre the building housing Danish Industry is almost ready after a couple of years of renovation. With a couple of extra floors and a glass façade it looks very different from the old one. It's no beauty but it is an improvement over the old one, even with the extra floors.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A carpet of spring flowers

In the Copenhagen parks, like Kongens Have here, the spring flowers are on their way and the early ones are already covering the grass like a colourful carpet. In the background is the little palace of Rosenborg, where the crown jewels are kept.