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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devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-04-11 9:25
You done here a great work. First because you try an unusual POV, then because the contrasts and colors are great here.
Your cropping is excellent and this munument loog like a big tatoo.
jasmis (57906) 2006-04-11 9:33
Excellent idea and perfect result. You have found really astonishing POV. Congratulations. Well done, indeed. Regards David.
Silmaril (129) 2006-04-11 9:37
Very nice photo. I congratulate for the work you done. The note is very interesting and I am thankful to you for post it.
lcarolan (948) 2006-04-11 10:37
I believe you have suceeded at the task you set for yourself. People want to take pictures of the opera house because it's a beautiful building and you have showcased taht beauty well. The clear detail, the clean silhouette and the full frame against the stunning sky make it better than real life; at least better than when I saw it from the ferry to Manly.
kensimage (8565) 2006-04-11 11:17
I am shocked to see you posting a photo of Australia, David--I didn't know you ever went there! It has a lot of nice places to photograph, I hope you'll get a chance to return! ;-)
This is an excellent POV that really emphasizes the sail-like aspects of the roof. It also looks like a mouth full of sharks' teeth, which also symbolizes Australia, I guess. Regards, Ken.
jbweasle (9393) 2006-04-11 13:36
David, this is a great POV to show the detail of the building. It's brilliant in its simplicity. I like the fact that your shot looks like an architects plan or a scale model. It shows the building perfectly without any distractions.
gaby (19819) 2006-04-11 18:04
David bravo funny note and very well done shot - All is here : great panorama forma, a new POV, high technical quality -
a great Sydney opera shot
PJE (20758) 2006-04-11 23:45
David I must say this side angle capture perfectly level and simply caught in sbstract form has a real appeal in my estimation. The curved lines are very appealing to the eyes. That must be the reason for the popularity. Very nicely done from the land down under!
capthaddock (28790) 2006-04-12 10:24
Hi David - ha ha. excellent note and indeed an atypical angle, I really like it, and I also applaud the effort to browse all 88 pages.
nivas37 (662) 2006-04-12 13:40
good contrast, and clarity of the image. the sky has helped alot, and your cropping has been excellent. thanks for sharing.
Rgds / Nivas
Floydian (30970) 2006-04-14 11:22
You are right about making something new to this well photographed building. One of my first postings on TE was also the Opera House. It's hard to make something new but the POV you got here is more than average. I like it a lot.
david (3992) 2006-04-16 12:08
nice image david ... and glad to see you back and posting shots again!
this is a good pov of the opera house. i like the simplicity of it ... and the cropped version is better than the one you posted in the workshop.
very crisp focus and great colours. great shot!
rabani (9645) 2006-04-16 21:03
An architecture which is making a definite statement. Maybe that is why, it is one of the most photographed building in TE. And by reading through your note, I could say there are 89 ways of looking at it. And to think that you actually has one more to add, just give a good example of the thing in photography called "Worked Your Subject".
feather (51130) 2006-04-17 6:38
Congratulations on your research and finding a different view of this iconic building. Your crop has concentrated our attention on just the architecture, but I think I actually prefer the uncropped version in the WS. However the detail and sharpness are excellent and the cloning a success.
peter1892 (1681) 2006-04-17 9:03
Great viewpoint & colours, very strong contrast between the sky & the Opera House itself. And your note has a lot of great information in it.
I must admit that this is something I never tire of seeing on TE, in fact I always enjoy seeing photos of Sydney Harbour whether it's the bridge or Opear House (or something else).
ktanska (26359) 2006-04-18 3:27
Surprising, that this POV was not here yet. Bright light and low viewpoint gives it salute!
I have a photo with the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge AND a sightseeing ferry. Since there seems to be room for nice shots of this subject, I'll probably upload it some day.
elmec (12210) 2006-04-22 5:52
This is perfect photo in my opinion!
The opera looks there like flying building!
andante (7092) 2006-05-26 15:59
Some buildings are so well designed, that it doesn't matter what new angle explore or unexplore we see they are always pleasing. One this is one of those buildings. I don't think that all angles and posibilities have been explore yet... we just have to find new creative ways to view it... like you just did...
riclopes (35577) 2006-06-03 15:13
I just found out that I missed this one and I have to say that is an impressive one. As an architect, I love the building and your note is very funny and shows the amazing work of research that you did to get this one. I haven't browse the other shots, but this one is really good. No one added this to the favourites so far, but i think I would, if I hadn't already the 100 allowded by TE.
I strong image in a panoramic format, which shows the dynamis of those wing shapes, along with the repetition of them. And of course, an excellent quality of the image. Congratulations!
Have a nice weekend,
jmdias (59958) 2006-07-12 21:34
Yes, you got it. Very nice Photo.
windosil (1158) 2009-01-04 14:58
this is quite the most memorable view of the Utzon building that I have seen. The cropping and the way the sails lead the eye up to the brilliant sky combine as a shout of joy. I admire the absolute horizontality of it, too.