AROUND CHRISTIANSBORG PALACE

It is ironic when you set out to create a picture with a set idea in mind, circumstances force you to stop, rethink and improvise – yes isn’t that the norm with life. Life throws surprises at us and we just need to pause, rethink, and improvise on the situation at hand. Coming back to pictures, I had set out today to test out my newly acquired long-exposure gear. It was overcast & raining since morning and I thought this was the opportune moment to get some long exposures. There was movement in the clouds and the light was just right. I waited for the rain to stop – went out as soon as it did and got to my spot. I was looking around finding that perfect composition and spot for my long exposure shot, when it started to drizzle again. I was visiting the area near Christiansborg Palace, which has the canals of Copenhagen. I didn’t want to risk my gear getting wet in the rain – especially the 10 stop filter, so I thought might as well make the most of the situation and take pictures of the area surrounding the Christiansborg palace. Here are the pictures I took. Long exposure – for some other day!

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Christiansborg Palace (Danish: Christiansborg Slot), on the islet of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office and the Danish Supreme Court. Also, several parts of the palace are used by the monarchy, including the Royal Reception Rooms, the Palace Chapel and the Royal Stables. The palace is thus the house of Denmark’s three supreme powers: the executive power, the legislative power, and the judicial power. It is the only building in the world that houses all three of a country’s branches of government. Christiansborg Palace is owned by the Danish state, and is run by the Palaces and Properties Agency. The present building, the third to be built on the site, is the last in a series of successive castles and palaces constructed on the same site since the erection of the first castle in 1167. Since the early fifteenth century, the various buildings have served as the base of the central administration; until 1794 as the principal residence of the Danish kings and after 1849 as the seat of parliament. The palace today bears witness to three eras of Danish architecture, as the result of two serious fires. The first fire occurred in 1794 and the second in 1884. The main part of the current palace, finished in 1928, is in the historicist Neo-baroque style. The chapel dates to 1826 and is in a neoclassical style. The showgrounds were built 1738-46, in a baroque style.

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The beautiful canals of Copenhagen and the lovely colourful buildings make for a perfect scenic shot…

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A view of the Chsitiansborg Palace from the majestic entrance…

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The Christiansborg Palace from the main street…Truly majestic…

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A view of the Christiansborg palace from a canal…

I hope you enjoyed looking at these pictures. If you did, go ahead and leave a comment below. Please note all pictures are copyright Debabrata Ray. In case you would like to use any of these pictures, please write to debabrata.ray@gmail.com. High resolution prints of these pictures are available as well, please write to me at the email address above for more details.

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