Sydney Opera House at night

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (198)

Vik Ramsoondur on May 15, 2008

Really wonderful shot! Makes one want to be there, literally. Thanks for sharing.

Ian Stehbens on May 16, 2008

I am pleased that you appreciate the photo, and I hope that you can be there, literally! It is a great city and you'll love the opera or the theatre.


anissuraya on May 20, 2008

I wish one day I will visit this beautiful place. Cheers! anis

Ian Stehbens on May 22, 2008

I am greatly honoured, Anissuraya, that this is the very first photo you visited in Panoramio. Welcome to a wonderful family of photographers who love to encourage each other.

If you ever come to Sydney, I hope I am here to welcome you.

Kind regards,

Ian on May 27, 2008

très belle photo Ian, ta photo est sublime! no comments and thank you clément

Ian Stehbens on May 27, 2008

Bonjour, Clément.

Your appreciation of this photo is affirming, Clément. As you may have read above, it was one of the first taken with my first digital camera, so I was convinced that it was great new technology.

Sydney Harbour at night is a great sight.

Kind regards,


Evgenia Ko on May 28, 2008

One of the best photos of the opera house on panoramio. And a fine beginning with a digital camera.

Well done!

Greetings from Greece

Ian Stehbens on May 28, 2008

Thank you Evgenia. This image of the Opera House has certainly been popular through Google Earth links. I am honoured that you have such warm praise for it.

I look forward to more of your photos too, for what I have seen indicates that you enjoy creating with your camera and you have an artistic flair.


Ian Stehbens on May 31, 2008

Hi Billy,

Thanks for the affirmation Billy. I am surprised about a couple of things here, Billy. I haven't seen any others with such picture as this, even though it sits there every night illuminated like this - all it requires is a 200mm lens. My second surprise is that it has been hit so often (I believe someone has it linked to their system and everytime their site is visited it records a hit here, maybe???) Anyway, I am pleased with it.

Warm greetings from Sydney, Billy.


Ed. Rodríguez Prati on July 16, 2008

Great composition, perfect light, Ian, the number of views talk by themselves, un gran saludo, Edmundo

Ian Stehbens on July 16, 2008

And great architecture, Edmundo! I am delighted that you have seen this and approved. One day you will come this way, and let us be your host, then you see it in reality.


campbed on August 30, 2008

Nice work Ian! Tomorrow I am taking a flight from Canada to Australia (one of my favourite places in the world!) I will have a night of photography in Sydney and was looking for a great view to capture. You did such a wonderful job with this one that I might just try and replicate it myself!

Cheers Mate!

Ian Stehbens on September 3, 2008

Hi Don,

You may not see my reply while you are travelling, but you may have arrived here before I did, for I have just returned from working in remote areas of Solomon Islands - days in the rain, two days at sea in a canoe - wet through I am now exhausted as well as carrying a chest infection. Hope you have a great time here in Sydney and that you are able to get some great images. Should you be interested in making contact while you are here I am easy to locate in the telephone directory - I'd be delighted to hear from you.


Luca Rigato on September 17, 2008

Perfect photo. When it is dark it's difficult to take beautiful picture like this. It seems to be inside one of the most famous place in the world. Greetings from Italy.

Ian Stehbens on September 17, 2008

Yes, I appreciate your affirmation. It certainly has been a popular photo and I was very pleased with it. I have to go into the city tonight so I will take my camera and see if I can find something interesting to photograph in beautiful Sydney.

Reciprocal greetings from Sydney, Luka.


Luca Rigato on September 17, 2008

You have to take other photos like this. Sydney is an amaizing city! Bye Ian.

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Ian Stehbens on September 27, 2008

Dear Luca,

I have done what you requested. During the last 11 days I have made three visits to our amazing city at night and taken my camera and had an hour for photogrpahy each time. I did this to take up your challenge.

I am pleased with some of the results and will upload them. I have just started, not with ground photos but by uploading 4 views from the highest point, Sydney Tower. The others will follow within the week I expect. I hope you like the results when they are uploaded.

Thought I should tell you that your request has been heeded.

Kind regards and best wishes,


(Tonight I noticed that the hits are 33333! Amazing.)

Tom on September 30, 2008

Great capture Ian. I echo what highton-ridley said about the composition. Very nicely exposed as well.

33 thousand views! Amazing. I thought I was doing well with a couple of images near 2,000. You've given me view envy. :) Well done.

Best regards, Tom

Ian Stehbens on October 2, 2008

Thank you so much Tom for your appreciation. I marvel at how highton-ridley picked this out so early in its exposure to the world. He is a very competent professional photographer so I felt I had something to contribute through photography as a result of his affirmation.

Don't be too hit-envious. It is mostly one source. It seems somewhere in the world someone has picked it up and used it on their commercial website and it was their site that was attracting 100 viewers per day, and now about 50 per day. That adds up when it goes on day after day. I have no idea where it is being used, but I imagine somewhere in France there's a travel company that arranges accommodation in Sydney for young backpackers and they have added it to their front page! I guess the secret is take a good image of a popular icon, and trust that one commercial site picks it up. Combined luck, icon and good distinctive image.

But of course I am pleased, for they are viewers and hits. My other more popular images seem to be hits mostly attributed to GE.

But there is much more to photography than hits: as you do mastering light and creative composition are to be preferred.

I take my hat off to you, Tom.


cbjo on October 6, 2008

Great picture from a beautiful building! Great colours!

Greetings cbjo

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Photo taken in Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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