Sydney Opera House at night

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

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Mark Highton Ridley on July 3, 2007

sweet photo, Ian. I like the composition, with the bridge cropped at just the right point to echo the curves of the opera house :)

Ian Stehbens on July 4, 2007

Highton-Ridley: Your affirmation is appreciated - especially from someone who is as fine a photographer as you are. This was one of my first shots with my digital camera, and I was still using it like my old film SLR - so cropping was done as framing at the time of the take. Slowly I am learning a different technique, allowing for cropping in photoshop.

Mark Highton Ridley on July 4, 2007

Getting it right in the viewfinder is 9/10ths the battle, so well done you! I often used to search around in failed b&w photos I took on my old 35mm film Zenith B looking for a better shot somewhere in the neg - and sometimes finding them. Then it was back to the darkroom and heavy application of the enlarger! It's so much easier digitally, and I can do it with colour shots, too!

Jorge Luis Bilbao on January 12, 2008

Beautiful photo!!!!

Greetings from Tandil, Argentina Jorge

Ian Stehbens on January 12, 2008

Dear Jorge,

First thankyou for your visit and your appreciation.

I am surprised and honoured that so many people out there, especially on Google Earth are seeing this picture. Even our local camera store has copied the file and will be printing his range of print sizes to display on his counter, using it. He said no one will have to ask "where is that?".

I have only just now noticed it has gone over 10000 times viewed, so I am affirmed by people such as you who see it and make a comment.

I look forward to reviewing your gallery, which I will do tonight. In the meantime, sincere greetings to you and all in Argentina from Australia. I hope you have been having some good rain this summer. Ian

Ian Stehbens on January 13, 2008


thor☼odin™ on February 28, 2008

oh my Ian can this be true :) this one is an eyecatcher (partly proud because of it's danish root). Congratulations with this supershot. Just back home from a concert, though not opera. Ears still ringing after Neil Young super-performance Peter

Ian Stehbens on March 1, 2008

Hi Peter,

I am so pleased that this touched your Danish pride and also your appreciative spirit. Thankyou for your message and appreciation.

Never did I imagine the level of recognition this one has received. In fact, this was the first ever night shot attempted with this camera. I sat it on a sandstone wall, levelled it with my folded camera strap, framed it through the lens and pressed. That was about it - but this is what I received!

Of course, it must be attributed to a Dane (the SOH), a Brit (the Bridge) and the Creator (the harbour, the deep of the night, and for that matter, the Dane and the Brit).

Our friend is taking my wife and I to the SOH in 2 weeks time to see Carmen! And I hope its a super-performance, too.

Kindest regards,


el tio cachi cachirr… on April 3, 2008


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Ian Stehbens on April 7, 2008

O thankyou Cachirri and pedri-top. I am very glad that you like this image. And thank you for your visits and responses.


pilios g on April 12, 2008

Beautiful photo.No comments.

Ian Stehbens on April 12, 2008

Thank you for your visit and your response, pilios. I sometimes think of Greece when I see these very white shells against a very blue sky.


marisadechile on April 21, 2008


Ian Stehbens on April 22, 2008

Thankyou, dear Marisa.

And I can see from your folio there are many special joys ahead for me as I explore where you have been with your camera.

Kind regards from Sydney.


vire on April 22, 2008

magnifica foto di grande effetto bravo ciao

Ian Stehbens on April 22, 2008

I appreciate your comment and visit, vire. It is a grand building so it makes it easy to create a good foto. Ciao

jeff_msn123 on May 3, 2008

Best of Panoramio


Ian Stehbens on May 3, 2008

Thank you Jeff for this high honour. It certainly has been a popular photo with around 90-105 hits every day, (except when the Panoramio hit counter isn't working, like currently). I have been quite amazed. And I am flattered by your recognition.

I have enjoyed creating a collection of images on this icon, some at night some in the rain, some inside.. It is a very impressive piece of architecture, especially when the bridge is involved in the view, too.

Hope you get to see it one day.


jeff_msn123 on May 3, 2008


Thank you.


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 2, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ian Stehbens
    • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
    • Taken on 2005/09/02 20:28:12
    • Exposure: 4.000s
    • Focal Length: 75.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash