Sydney Opera House at night

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (198)

Ian Stehbens on September 22, 2009

Thanks indeed for your appreciation, jbiletic.


gomediadesign on December 4, 2009

Hi, we would really like to use this photo for a website. Would this be ok? It would be credited with your name and a URL if you wish. Please let me know. THanks

Ian Stehbens on December 7, 2009

Thanks for your inquiry and courtesy. I am very happy to grant gomediadesign use of this image, in "a website" provided that

  1. it is credited whenever used,

  2. that I am notified in advance of the specific website for I will reserve all rights should its intended use be in a site that I adjudge to be morally or ethically inappropriate,

and 3. if possible the URL is included in the credit.

I look forward to your reply,

Ian Stehbens

gomediadesign on December 18, 2009

Thanks for the permission Ian, much appreciated, and my apologies for the delay in responding. We will include a credit and the URL in the website on each page. The site is for a company called Patrick Togher Artists Management who manage artists who work in the classical music field ie: singers, instrumentalists, conductors etc. The address is although the new site won't be up until January. Thanks again for your permission. David Malone Director Go Media Design

Ian Stehbens on December 18, 2009

You certainly have my permission in regard to the particular site. I appreciate your professionalism, too, David.


Mary Alice Donaldson on January 2, 2010

Ian, You have captured the beauty of this most Awesome city. Feel like I'm back in Sydney, Thank you.

Ian Stehbens on January 2, 2010

Thank you, Mary. This has been a very popular image especially through GE. I like your Sydney images too, especially as they are creative and distinctive.


geomic87 on January 12, 2010

Cheers and very nice.

Ian Stehbens on January 12, 2010

Cheers, geomic87 and thanks for your appreciative note. (Have a good day, Michael.)


Arash Kahrom on January 31, 2010

Really nice, just like what it is

Ian Stehbens on January 31, 2010

Thanks for the affirmation, Arash Kahrom. Welcome to Panoramio. I hope you enjoyed your visits to Adelaide and Sydney.


Ahmet Bekir on February 21, 2010

Beautiful shot my dear friend Ian, it's really hard to reach this number of 74213 views for any picture in Panoramio, congratulations, best wishes from Macedonia

Ian Stehbens on February 21, 2010

Thank you Ahmet. I love the photo too, yet it was my very first night photograph taken with my digital camera. I believe there are several reasons for its popularity, but the major one is that it has been picked up by some API users for it has a steady hit rate everyday.

It is a beautiful morning here in Brisbane to start the week. You have a great week. Warmest regards, Ian

Reiner Vogeley on February 28, 2010

An exceptional motif, beautiful composition and fantastic color. Attractive night shot!

Kind regards from Germany, Reiner

Ian Stehbens on February 28, 2010

Thank you Reiner for your wonderful praise. It seems that the world loves the architecture and the setting. I'm pleased to present it photographically.

Thanks and warmest greetings,


antoni f. on March 2, 2010

Exceptional photo!! Nearly 75000 views, congratulations, Ian!!!!!! Best regards from Germany, antoni (BO, of course)

Ian Stehbens on March 2, 2010

Thank you very much, *Antoni. I have to be proud of this one: but I never imagined how successful this would be as a photograph when I was taking it that night, nor how many hits it would attract through Panoramio and GE. Thank you for appreciating it and for the nomination.


EVA_L on March 4, 2010

EVA_L, January 30, 2009, said: 447051! And today is 74773! I so like this photo, Yan!

Warm regards, Eva

Ian Stehbens on March 4, 2010

Greetings Eva,

I am delighted that you enjoy some of my photos, Eva. It is mutual and I love following your travels. This photo continues to receive around 50+ hits per day, though earlier in its life it was around 105 per day. (btw, I think you meant 47051 back on Jan 30, 2009 and again now.)

Warm regards, dear Eva.


Ian Stehbens on March 10, 2010

75010, today! Thank you everybody.

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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