Photographer's Note


Displayed here is a part of the slanted marble clad roofscape of The Oslo Opera House and behind it the business district of Oslo.
This exciting Opera House (in Norwegian, Operahuset) is the seat of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballett, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The building lies in Bjørvika peninsula, in the center of Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord. It's dominating position made me think about the Sydney Opera House.

The Norwegian government wanted the Opera House to be a landmark for Norway as a cultural nation, highlighting the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, and also the foundation for the urban redevelopment of the area. The design by Snøhetta won the international competition in 2000.

The conceptual basis of the building is a combination of three elements, the “Wave Wall, the “Factory” and the “Carpet.” The carpet forms the main outer layer - horizontal and sloping surfaces on top of the building. This “Carpet” has been given an articulated form, in a way echoing the surrounding cityscape. It’s made of Italian ‘La Facciata' marble.
The structure provides a total area of 38,500 m² spanning 1,100 rooms, one of which has 1,350 seats and one with up to 400 seats.

More information about the architecture is here

In the WS is an overview of almost the entire building.

The Opera House was finished in 2007 with the opening event held on Saturday April 12, 2008. The Norwegians were dismayed that the media's pictures and video footage of the ceremony contained primarily the deep cleavage of German kanselier Angela Merkel.

The PCS3 work flow: I altered the saturation, contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers, enhanced the edges, USM-ed, added a frame and resized, sharpened the edges on a 60% transparent layer and did a gentle USM (1,0px, 20%) again on that layer.

exif data
Camera Manufacturer : Canon
Camera Model : Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure time [s] : 1/500
F-Number : 6.3
ISO speed ratings : 80
Exposure program : Aperture priority (3)
Focal length [mm] : 98 mm (35 mm equiv)
Date taken : 2008:05:17 18:18:44
Exposure bias value : -1/1
Metering mode : Evaluative, Multi-segment (5)
Exposure mode : Manual (1)
Colour space : sRGB
Contrast : Normal
Saturation : Normal
Sharpness : Normal

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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