It has been quite a while since my last post in this blog. It wasn’t really for the lack of photos, actually I took quite a lot when out on my own, on excursion or during the workshops. I just haven’t found the time to sit down, sort them all and write something nice about the experience. But last week was different. After four months on the same route in the Baltic the ship made two special short trips. So I thought some words and lots of photos are in order.
We started the week with a short cruise to northern Europe visiting Oslo and Kristiansand in Norway and Copenhagen in Denmark. Finally seeing something new is always exciting but it was made even better by the fact that we stayed overnight in Oslo. It’s such a great feeling to be able to visit a city at night after spending every night on the ship for so long. Although it was a Sunday Night and Norway’s pretty expensive so there wasn’t much going on in terms of party I enjoy this night so much.
The ship arrived Oslo port at six in the evening and the port isn’t anywhere far away, no it’s right at the castle just a 5 minute walk from the harbor front and basically everything you need is easily reachable by foot. After just a few more hours of work I was able to go out right in time for sunset. I missed taking pictures with really great light and cities just look so much better when shot at dusk or night. The evening turned into a great night of photographing and good food. And the best part: The time in Oslo wasn’t over yet!
I had a whole second day to explore the Norwegian capital. With not to much work that day I had enough time to visit all the important sights and just stroll through downtown Oslo. I really start to like those Scandinavian cities, well at least when it’s sunny.
The next stop on the new route was Kristiansand, a small town in southern Norway. Well there is not much to say here. It’s a nice little town with a good looking old town. But yea mostly it’s just small, there isn’t really anything going on here. The best idea is probably to get out of town by boat or train. Neither of which I had the chance to do. So anyways moving on to the next stop.
Copenhagen was the big day. I had to shoot my first weeding. A couple booked Aida to marry in the Tivoli Park in Copenhagen and I was the one to take the pictures. To be honest I was quite nervous at first since I was the only one shooting the event and of course the pictures had to be amazing without any chance to redo it. But the couple was just great, extremely nice people which helped me a lot to take extremely great pictures. And of course the park itself helped by being the perfect background to all of the shots. Although I didn’t get to see anything of Copenhagen I had an amazing day with good people and the satisfaction that in the end I delivered good photos of their special day. And I can now say that I have officially shot my first wedding.
That was the end of this cruise but another special trip started the next day. A big company had chartered the whole ship for a one day cruise to Copenhagen. I’m not going to comment anything else on this situation, I’m just going to tell you how awesome it was to get another chance to visit Copenhagen.
I was so excited that immediately after finishing the gangway in the morning, I got changed into private cloths, got my own camera and went out into town. The amazing part was that just like in Oslo the cruise pier in Copenhagen is in walking distance from the city center. Also you’ll automatically walk past the main tourist attraction which is the statue of „The little Mermaid“. A small statue almost invisible amongst the tourists but hey you have to see it when you are here.
The walk continued to the palace into the old town with amazingly colorful houses and old ship and all the way through downtown Copenhagen. Really an incredible city, so full of live and somethings happening on every corner. Oh and luckily the weather was perfect again so yea that always helps cities to feel a lot better. I spent about five hours straight just walking and photographing but still I don’t think that was enough. I would love to go back there a couple more times an explore it some more.
Unfortunately that was the end of this very special week and we are back to the old schedule again. It might not be something completely new all the time but still who gets to visit St. Petersburg every week? So I’m not going to complain and just enjoy my last two weeks onboard of Aida. Yes only two weeks left of my 4,5 month contract. Once I get back home, I’ll get my pictures sorted and up here and then….well we’ll see where I go next.