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Nikon D3

Capture Date/Time:May 22, 2008 08:20
Aperture/Shutter Speed: f/6.3 | 1/5000
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO: 500
Flash: None

If I could summarize the sights in Denmark in one photo, this would perhaps be it. Bikes. There are a ton of bikes in Copenhagen, and I think this city is unique because so many people ride them while fully dressed up for work. I learned on this visit that owning a car in this city is very difficult (the sales tax on a car is 200% and gasoline costs about $6.50US per gallon), and it is so easy to use a bike here that their sheer numbers make regular riding a must. The city certainly makes it easier: Bikes do not appear to have the right of way, but they do have permanent, offset bike lanes that separate them from car traffic. Most importantly, Copenhagen dwellers on bikes actually OBEY the bike rules. When a light turns red, they stop. Even if no traffic is coming across, they will wait for the light to change back to green. I cannot even fathom people here in the US doing this.

I took many shots of people (esp. women) riding their bikes around, in full business attire or while wearing boots. I must say, though, that riding in high heels fascinated me the most. I have no idea how they do it, but many many of them do...

Which leads me to plug one of my favorite blogs, Copenhagen Cycle Chic. It is an entire site devoted to biking in high heels in Copenhagen. I must say that the photography is outstanding, which is of course why I like the blog!!!


05.27.08, 11:51 PM, Archie | Whateverland:

This shot is perfect Mike! It totally reminded me of that Copenhagen Cycle Chic website before I even read your description!

05.28.08, 09:27 AM, pieter:

perfect.... we have a lot to learn

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