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There are currently 88 pages of photographs from New South Wales on TrekEarth, and nearly every page has one, two or three photographs of the Sydney Opera House. That must make it the most photographed object in Australia (with the Sydney Harbour Bridge running a close second). So why post another?

Well, as I have lots of photographs of the Opera House myself, I wanted to see if there was any POV that had not been covered to date on TE. As I browsed through the 88 pages, I saw the Opera House shot from the air, from boats, from the North Shore, from the Harbour Bridge, from the other side of Circular Quay, at sunset, at sunrise, in storms and in sunshine, and lots of artistic compositions using close-ups of the ‘sails’. The only POV that I could not see was this one – a straight side-on view of the sails against a glorious spring day's blue sky. So here it is . . . possibly the last possible POV of the Sydney Opera House! (By the way, this was taken from the Manly ferry)

I have cropped this very closely to the sails in order to create a more graphic image than what we normally see of the Opera House. The only PP that I did apart from a little sharpening was to clone out a lamp post that was very distracting to the clean lines of this image. I have placed the original in the workshop so that you can see how I cropped it and see where I did the cloning.

I should have thought of posting this last month when Queen Elizabeth II was at the Opera House to open a new colonnade on the Circular Quay side (the original in the workshop was taken before the colonnade was built, so you can’t see it there). The Queen was making a return visit after 31 years (she opened it in 1973) and in her speech she acknowledged for the first time “the creator of the building, the great Danish architect, Jørn Utzon.”

Utzon was never acknowledged at the 1973 opening because he left working on the Opera House in 1966 following a series of disagreements with the New South Wales Government. Utzon never saw the completed Opera House but after a long process of reconciliation, he and his son Jan (who represented him at last month’s ceremony) were commissioned to design the colonnade. Jørn Utzon is now 87, and although he is still working as an architect, he decided he was too old to make the long trip ‘down under’ to receive in person the acknowledgment he was denied in 1973.

I guess if Jørn Utzon was a member of TrekEarth, there might be a chance he would add this to his favourites.

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 108 N: 2568] (7789)
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