The Marble Church

The Marble Church

I was on my way to breakfast after seeing a sunrise by the Little Mermaid statue when I passed this scene. The Marble Church looks great internally and externally, but with the golden light from the rising sun on it it’s pretty awesome.

I grabbed this image and then had breakfast before returning to the church a few hours later to go inside. At that time I was very fortunate with the position of the sun as it was shining through 3 very particular windows which cast a ray of sunshine in the shape of a cross across the altar. The lady inside the church was very enthused to tell me this, as I was the first visitor of the day and it is not very often that it happens as the conditions have to be just right.

While processing the image I decided to add a blur to really make the viewer focus on the church and not be distracted by the sides of each image, especially with a couple of signs at the front.

It looked great last night, but now I’m not so sure.

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Torso

Torso

After spending a long Saturday in Copenhagen I decided grab a coffee at Central station and revive myself. I had been up since 5am, and I had just shot over the blue hour so it was now around 9pm. What better time, I thought, to head on over to nearby Malmö. Though the sensible thing for me to do would have been to grab dinner, go back to the hotel and then straight to bed, I opted to head on over to Malmö for 3 reasons.

First, I thought it would be pretty cool to go over the Øresund bridge. Yes, daytime where I can actually see things would have been cooler.
Second, I wanted to ‘tick’ another country off the list. Though I have set myself a goal of visiting a different foreign country during each month of this year, the chance to add a few more to the tally somehow became a ‘thing’ along the way. This was an easy one to add to the list.
Lastly, I really wanted to see this building. It’s called Turning Torso and it’s the tallest building in Scandinavia.

Luckily my desire to see it was greater than my desire to photograph it, because by the time I had jumped on a train, arrived in Malmö and walked to this location I was really tired and not very much in the mood for shooting. I had done no preparation in scouting locations, so simply figured out where the building was on the map and headed towards it, eventually arrived at the base, admired it, shot it from a few different angles, and then headed back to central Malmö to walk around a little more before going back to Copenhagen.

I know there are better angles to be had than this, which is a little skewed as it’s so tall and I didn’t leave enough room in my image to straighten it up in post.

However, I’m still really pleased to have been there and seen this place.

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Aller

Aller

While in Copenhagen I took a walk along the water front (okay, one of the many waterfronts) towards a conference centre. A few folk from work will be here in a couple of weeks and one of my aims while here for the weekend was to grab some images that could be used in my company’s marketing material (success) so I was scouting areas that they would be.

The Aller building is the main one you see here on the right, and is the closest thing I could get to nice architecture near to the conference place. The heavy rain had just stopped and clouds were picking up speed so I set up my tripod, put on the 10 stop ND and fired off a few images of the clouds rolling by.

I went through a few different tones while processing the image, with a blue tone always being my favourite. For some reason when it comes to posting this final image though, I’ve opted for this murkier tone. Must be the week I’m having :)

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Ornate

Ornate

This is one of the rooms within the Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen.

It was a very beautiful place, and oddly – for a Saturday afternoon in a very touristy city – pretty empty. I saw 5 other people in here while I was wandering around, or 6 if you include the security guy.

I thought I did a remarkable job of hiding myself, or at least my shadow from view. I ended up having to duck down in front of the window that was behind me, and position my arms and camera in the slather of shadow the window frame was casting so that I didn’t place my own shadow all over the floor.

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Axelborg

Axelborg

The Axelborg building in Copenhagen is pretty unassuming from the outside, and really rather easy to miss. Sure there’s a huge neon sign with the name of the building written on it, but walking around the block it’s not immediately obvious that a large door with intricate design is the actual entrance. Especially when it’s a weekend and nobody is around to let you in and check out the beautiful balcony banisters that they have in place in their hallway.

Obviously access was gained, to the lower levels of the property at least, which is why I managed to take this image looking up. However the shot I really wanted was from several floors up looking back down at the floor…and the 1st floor was as far as I was able to get.

Either way, it’s a lovely interior and well worth checking out.

In other news, this interior has just reminded me that Open House weekend is once again upon us and is happening in London this coming weekend. I haven’t planned where I am going to go yet, but if you are going out to check out some buildings let me know, our paths may cross.

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Pirates of the Tivoli Gardens

Pirates of the Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is an unusual thing to see on a city weekend break. Based in the heart of Copenhagen it’s the second oldest theme park in the world, and a very popular place indeed.

I popped along there for blue hour on a Saturday night and it was buzzing with people enjoying the gardens, the rides and the restaurants. It seems to be a great place to go and hang out for the day, especially if you don’t have a super heavy camera bag and can actually go on the rides.

Alas, I simply took photos from a few different places and left. Perhaps I can enjoy it more next time.

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View from the Round Tower

View from the Round Tower

The top of the Round Tower offers a great view of Copenhagen, and has a really cool walkway to get you up there as you ascend a 7 storey ramp and then a couple of flights of stairs. The only thing that could possibly make it better would be if there were a slide for on the way down.

At the top you enjoy 360 degree views of Copenhagen which, as you can see from this image, stretches out to the Oresund Bridge which connects Copenhagen in Denmark to Malmo in Sweden.

I visited this location three times during my trip. The first just because it was there and I wanted to see what it was like, the second at sunset to try and get something other than blue sky, and again the following day when there were some clouds in the sky to see how the view improved with cloud cover.

Be sure to visit here if you are ever in Copenhagen.

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