So I have a confession to make. I went to Nyhavn for the shot that every tourist takes when they visit CPH. (Can you blame me? It’s so pretty) Nyhavn is a 17th century harbor. It’s the image that every foreigner thinks of when someone mentions CPH. I went an hour before sunset. The clouds were beautiful, the sky was a rich blue, and the sun was out. Nyhavn was lively with locals and tourists alike enjoying the weather.
It was picture perfect.
With a photo like that in the bag, I felt like my trip is complete. But.. I have a confession to make. When I got there and started my shoot, I was a little shocked. Houses were beautiful, people were happy, sun was shining.. the water was dirty. Actually, the water was SO DIRTY, there were cans, plastic bags, flags…etc floating. It was gross.
Mind you CPH is a fairly clean city. No where in CPH have I seen a neighourhood this dirty. (Maybe I didn’t look hard enough) I consider Nyhavn a city landmark. It breaks my heart. I know what it is. It’s the number of tourists that come here every year, and don’t respect the place. Leaving trash and junk behind. But, let’s not blame it all on the tourists. Locals spend time there as well.
So, I confess that I Photoshopped all the garbage out (above noted photo). I’m a perfectionist and I just can’t have so much garbage floating around in my photo.
So here you go, for those that love spoilers. The unedited photo.