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Hamlet’s Copenhagen Midsummer Dream

Listen closely and you can hear Shakespeare spinning in his grave, cursing me in the finest of poetic ways possible for stealing his words for the title. My only hope is that I can outrun an almost 400 year old ghost on my bicycle here in Hamlet’s home.

Inspired by a post by Tony Middleton, I wanted to shoot a panorama of Copenhagen on Summer solstice, longest day of the year. But with not a cloud in the sky and Spain playing in the World Cup I never quite moved my behind off the sofa yesterday. But I persevered today, just one day after solstice, better late than very late, and created a Copenhagen Midsummer Dream:

Hamlet Copenhagen Midsummer

This is a stitched panorama and a very wide view of the Copenhagen Harbour, shooting towards the city. It’s not the best of views but one I had not shot before and I wanted to include the soccer! There are some nice buildings here like the royal castle Amalienborg – and some not so nice new buildings. The pier is host to a large screen showing the soccer World Cup and I wanted to include this in the pano. The sun sets at 10pm and then dusk light lasts for a good hour.

soccer screen-blogNaturally, the very long exposure completely blows out the screen, so I took another earlier image exposed just for the screen and Photoshopped it in, see 100% crop on the right. I may clone out that shadow in the water from the screen and I really also should crop the left side – but had to leave the tug boat in for Charlene! I graded the sky as the weather gods needed help tonight. Neither the light nor the clouds really shined for me and it’s probably not a keeper, but it was good to get the gear out again and have fun!

Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year came and went. It is now – astronomically – all downhill from here. Well…except…if one ventures to the Southern Hemisphere!

PS. Pictured below is my vehicle of choice in Copenhagen, my trusty old human powered spaceship Silver Arrow Mk3 ! By far the best and fastest way to get around Copenhagen, she’ll do .5 past light speed.

silver arrow-blog

Summer Storm in Copenhagen

The month of May brought us some incredibly good Spring weather, 347 hours of sunshine (a new record) and temperatures up to 29,5c degrees. I know, a chilly day in the Australian outback but it’s all relative as someone once said.

The month of May brought very few photos though, sunshine from a clear blue sky lends itself well to trips to the beach but not to my style of photography – dramatic and special light! I love Summer but also need some drama light to keep my photography fix going (I’m an addict). Like always, I want everything! My new favourite saying: I want patience and I want it now!

A dramatic change means beach trips are now out and photo trips are in again with everything from rain and hail storms to sunshine thrown into the weather mix presently! Thursday night in Copenhagen some amazing alien looking light and cloudscapes chose to visit us and fortunately I was ready. I shot a series of shots at two locations and this is the first of them, my permanent spot at lake Peblinge on my way home. It’s 10.23pm (sun sets at around 10pm) and a 20 second exposure captures this – click for large size:

Click to see large size on my gallery! Copyright Flemming Bo Jensen Photography

Summer Storm in Copenhagen Panorama
Copyright Flemming Bo Jensen Photography

It’s the sort of shot that gets better the bigger it is but I hope you still get a sense of how awe-inspiring the light was. It’s also somewhat otherworldly and I feel like doing a version with a UFO in there and Scully and Mulder in a boat on the lake – the truth is out there! I have more photos to come from this X-Files cloudscape night so maybe the next one will feature an Unidentified Flying Object!

Lightroom 2.0

This shot was developed in the beta version of Adobe Lightroom 2.0. I have recently started to use this as my RAW development tool and I must say I like it a lot and I like it a lot more than Lightroom 1.0. They fixed a lot of the things that annoyed me in 1.0 and added some incredible new features. Adobe purchased the Danish company Pixmantec and their product Rawshooter a short time before 1.0 was released but had no time to incorporate features etc. into Lightroom 1.0. With 2.0 I think the Pixmantec boys have had a lot more inputs and Lightroom 2.0 really feels like a lot more like a mix of the best of Rawshooter and Lightroom to me. I really like it and reckon Lightroom 2.0 will be my new RAW developer of choice. I did almost everything in Lightroom including the vignette effect, I only used Photoshop for sharpening and very little healing and painting with light. I still wish it was faster and more responsive, Rawshooter runs rings around Lightroom in terms of speed!

Frederiksholm Canal in Copenhagen Panorama

Wednesday we had one of those weird Spring days where the weather goes from sunshine to rain to hail storms back to sunshine. The sky cleared about an hour before sunset but still had a layer of humidity and you get this fantastic soft warm light that you will not see on any other day.  There were only a few clouds about so I scouted for the best composition to include the warm red and orange sky and this strange otherworldly soft light.

I found my shot at Frederiksholm Canal in the inner city and here’s the result and the latest panorama release in my Copenhagen collection (click to see large):

Click to see large size on my gallery! Copyright Flemming Bo Jensen Photography

Frederiksholm Canal Panorama
Copyright Flemming Bo Jensen Photography

As you can see the sun is just behind the buildings to the right and it’s not normally a good time to shoot this location with almost all of the buildings in deep shadows. But due to the soft warm colours of the light on this particular evening the exposure could be controlled, keeping most of the highlights and shadows in a single exposure and some fill light in RAWshooter brought back shadow detail. This is a stitched panorama of 6 vertical shots at 23mm using the 17-40mm f/4.0 L lens and PTgui did a perfect job stitching it. The finishing touch was the use of LAB colour space in Photoshop to get exactly the glow and look I wanted by soft light blending in a lab colour layer. As you know I am not interested in reality at all, I am interested in creating an expression of what I felt and saw when I shot the scene and I am also trying to create my own unique style.

I am very pleased with the result, what d’ya reckon?

My Copenhagen – Mit København

I love living in Copenhagen (København to use the actual name), it is a beautiful and amazing multi-cultural city. As much as I am obsessed with Australia I think being away for 10 weeks made me realize how much I like living here (it’s just too bloody cold, need a bit of global warming in Denmark!) I love that I can just jump on my bicycle on a cold November Monday afternoon and shoot  cityscapes by the lakes:

Click to see large size on my gallery!Lake Peblinge and three ducks

I love Copenhagen but absolutely despise Winter, the cold, the darkness, the snow. I miss Australia and the heat. I have to admit though that the light and the clouds at this time of year can be absolutely fantastic, so at least Winter in Copenhagen does produce some nice photo opportunities.

In my “My Copenhagen” gallery I am trying to show you Copenhagen in a different light, Copenhagen like you have not seen it before. Compared to shooting photos while travelling I have the luxury at home to wait for just the right conditions, the right light and clouds etc. I feel the My Copenhagen gallery probably is the best of my work and defines me as a photographer. One of my plans is to one day have a “My Copenhagen” photo book published. There could be a market for that I reckon, I haven’t seen any good Copenhagen photo books yet. With a bit of luck and a lot of work my book could be under every Christmas tree in 2008! Imagine a high quality book of immaculately printed Copenhagen cityscapes like this one:

Click to see large size on my gallery!Lake Peblinge reflections

You would definitely want to buy this book, wouldn’t you?