It’s impossible to look at Copenhagen photos and not spot some beautiful bicycle photos. The Copenhagen bicycle culture is that strong!
We used to live in Vancouver, where we loved biking Stanley Park. Vancouver is pretty bike-friendly – but not like it is in Copenhagen.
Here, Ellen Dae Hardy shares a couple of her beautiful bicycle photos from Cophenhagen. They make you want to go for a ride, don’t they?
Ellen’s story of her Copenhagen bicycle photos
“I visit Copenhagen as often as I can from Norway, where I live. One thing I love is the Copenhagen bicycle culture. The city has more bicycles than people! It’s full of bicycles of all shapes, sizes and colors. Coming from Norwary, there’s a novelty here in that people can cycle all year round; in Oslo, only those who are very commited with spikes in their tires dare to ride in the harsh winters!
Denmark is a flat country, and there are special bicycle lanes, so it’s very easy to get around by bike – except over the cobbles in the older part of Copenhagen! People of all ages and tastes ride and park their bikes all over the city, so there are plenty of good photographs waiting to be taken of them. You’ll see old, traditional, sit-up-and- beg models parked nonchalantly against a modern racer.
I usually start my Copenhagen visits with a walk from the center to Torvehallerne for a nice organic breakfast. It’s a wonderful market full of different food shops, fresh vegetables, fish, bakeries, chocolate, wines, fresh flowers and loads of cafés.
Then I walk to the the 17th century Round Tower, which is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. When you reach the top, you get a wonderful view over Copenhagen. I always take a few minutes to walk from the tower to the Graabrødretorget, a public square with colorful facades and a big plane tree.
From there, I usually head towards Strøget (one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets) to the Royal Smushi Cafe. It’s a lovely place with design decorations and the best Danish treats served on Royal Copenhagen porcelain. After some refreshments I walk down to Nyhavn – the old port and the place where Hans Christian used to live.
I try to end my trip with a walk in the Nyboder district, about 15 minutes away from Nyhavn. Nyboder is an historic row house district of former naval barracks (it was featured in the film The Danish girl). I just love its old colorful facades, cobbled streets and the millions of things you can take pictures of.
All the while, I take lots of Copenhagen photos. Sometimes I’m hunting for bike photos – it’s kind of a thing in Copenhagen to take pictures of bikes.
Then it’s usually time to run to the bus and catch the boat back to good old Norway!”
About Ellen Daae Hardy
Ellen Daae Hardy has been an avid photo buff pretty well all her life, though in the the last nine years, it’s become her real passion. She got her first proper SLR camera in her 20s, which she took with her to Greece, where she was particularly inspired by the “blue hues coming alive in the sunshine.”
She’s traveled widely, mostly through Europe, though she’s also been to Brazil and Guatamela. She particularly loves Greece and Paris, though she did once say: “I would have London as a husband and Paris as a lover.”
Doors and windows intrigue her, photographically speaking. What’s behind the door? Where does it lead? What stories can the house tell? Who lives in the house, and what type of life do they have? All questions Ellen thinks of…
Best photography tip? Use the light in the best possible way, she says. “I follow my instinct and very often find myself lost, walking around with my camera. I just feel when it’s right – how the light plays – and I always have an extra battery!”
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