At the other end of the grand axis, mentioned in this upload, is the Copenhagen Opera House situated across the water on the island of Holmen (Dock Island). This is a part of the harbor formerly used by the Danish Navy, but since 1996 opened in most parts to public access.
The building was donated to the Danish people in 2000 by Mærsk McKinney Møller - co-founder of the Mærsk company - and completed in 2004. It's one of the most expensive opera houses ever built, with construction costs well over 500 million U.S. dollars.
The building is surrounded by newly dug canals, giving the impression of being placed on an island slightly larger than the house itself. And a grand plaza, covered by a 32 meter long cantilevered roof - in front of the 4-story glass facade with horizontal steel bands - welcomes the audience approaching by boat or from the wide harbor promenade.
The house is administered by the Royal Danish Theater (Det Kongelige Teater) and one of the best equipped in the world. It has a main stage and five other directly connected, where large setups can be moved easily in and out. There are between 1492 and 1703 seats, depending on the size of the orchestra.
Let the play begin...
Focal length equals 60mm
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aadilj (18102) 2009-01-26 20:42
Hello kaj, this is an extremely well captured and finely nuanced image where you have used the lights and the hues so well. Superb balance and composition
Disabled_A (0) 2009-01-30 14:47
I have been to Copenhagen and I saw the Opera House only from the distance... and not at night, not so lit up!
I like this symmetry. But the brightly lit Opera House looks a little fantastic... like a strange UFO...
pamastro (7290) 2009-02-08 10:03
You've got some nice play on light here Kaj. The way the light plays off the cantilever above the hall is really cool. In its flatness it gives it some kind of weird portal ins pace look. Like it's there but too flat to exist. Then the columns on either side with their broken up bottoms create the feel like they're resting on impossible bases as you have captured the light. And then again the reflection off the fountain and the canal.
I wonder if it could have been cropped a little more tightly on the bottom. Maybe up to just above the lighter concrete ring at the bottom. And also possibly double the exposure time? It might allow for a bit more strength in the reflection in the canal and a stronger surreal look off the roof.
But as is I like it, also. You have captured a strong horizontal feel with the wide image which works well with the symmetrical and very flat object and landscape that you captured.
Fis2 (97673) 2011-10-06 11:30
I know this place :)
Beautiful symmetrical frame,
Superb colors and sharpness.
Excellent night photo.
Greetings from Poland!
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2440)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-06-08
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus C-750UZ, Olympus 6.3-63mm f/2.8-3.7, JPEG ISO 100
- Exposure: f/5.0, 2 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): In the middle of the night... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-01-26 17:32