Sydney Opera House: Celebrating Remembrance Day 3

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Comments (8)

Tom Lussier Photogra… on November 29, 2008

This one is very abstract Ian. The composition is unique and really highlights the form and colour well.

Many thanks for your extensive visit to my gallery. Your words always seem to carry a lot of weight. You have a way of touching on things that mean a great deal to me and I'm extremely appreciative for that. :))

Warm regards to Australia from America, Tom

Ian Stehbens on November 30, 2008

Thanks indeed for your "companionship", Tom. May I share with you that I am saddened right now to learn that Jorn Utzon died yesterday morning at his Copenhagen home. I have added a tribute to him on my earliest photo of the Opera House.

And I genuinely appreciate your photogrpahy and conversations very much.


Josef Grohs on December 2, 2008


Ian Stehbens on December 4, 2008

I take it that you find this striking, Josef? Is that a reasonable translation from Austrian to Australian?

Kind regards,


"Cuky"/A.S.G."NO VIE… on December 4, 2008

Architectural art but with very much PHOTOGRAPHIC ART. Congratulations for your good one to do. Antonio.

Ian Stehbens on December 4, 2008

Dear Antonio, it is so nice to receive such affirming comments. I learn so much about photography from architects and artists, and there are quite a number of artists contributing their photos to Panoramio - and they all give the rest of us something special.

I am particularly pleased by your comment.

Kind regards,


Olga I. Yakovenko on January 13, 2009

I have seen different colours when lighting the houses, but not such one - very impressive. This lighting is from outside or from inside?

Ian Stehbens on January 13, 2009

Dear Olga,

The lighting was created by two red lights on poles about 50M from the base of the Opera House shells. It was only one the west side and only temporary lighting, to mark Remembrance Day, a memorial day for the Allied countries after the War in Europe 1914-18.

There have been a few other occasions on which the Opera House has been illuminated in different colours, previously to mark its own significant anniversaries (eg 25th). I haven't tried but I am also sure that one could catch it illuminated in a variety of colours when the major fireworks displays are exploding nearby from barges in the harbour or from the Harbour Bridge. At that time most eyes are on the bridge or the sky and the Opera House is relatively insignificant, for that is when the Bridge has its hour of glory (new Years Eve, especially).

Warm regards,


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