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A Golden Aura in Sydney

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Comments (12)

Ian Stehbens on October 27, 2007

I had promised to take some of my international guests to the city to see the city lights and to give them the privilege of a walk across the harbour bridge. But it turned out to be a very wet night. As the guests boarded the bus, someone commented that they wouldn't be able to take any pictures tonight, as it was raining. I gently pointed out that every weather circumstance presents its own opportunities for photography. Little did I realize at that moment that I would be able to capture this image. What a joy it was, even in the taking! Perhaps "taking" is the wrong word for me as a photographer - I think "receiving" would be a better expression. It was raining heavily, and I did not have a tripod, but it just had to be received into the lens! A street bollard was better than a tripod, even though I couldn't move it to where I would have liked - a little more to the right - out in the middle of the street. It is hardly a coloured photograph - more a monochrome in gold. I didn't mind rain on the lens - that was the environment I was enjoying -so the droplets have given special highlights. For me this is Iconic Sydney. The Harbour bridge. The Opera House. A Summer Thunderstorm. Pedestrians walking home from the theatre no matter what the weather. And the street furniture of the construction workers. It needs a contemporary Henry Lawson to turn it into poetic verse. The world is a wonderful place.

Paul Petrus on November 22, 2007

Hey, I remember that night. I am the one behind the No Stopping sign, and my mates Adriel is running up front to get under the bridge out of the storm and big Robert is the blur in the foreground. That was my first time to see the Harbour Bridge. I don't know how to tell the people in my village here in the Highlands that a bridge is so big and goes up like a mountain!

Ian Stehbens on November 23, 2007

I am pleased to see the beginning of your folio of photos Paul. I don't think there are many local from the Highlands uploading photos to Just as enjoy taking photographs of my aprt of the world, I am sure you enjoy taking pictures of your place too. It's just so great to meet you in thses circumstances. I's sure your time in Sydney will remain with you and provide plenty of stories for your friends. Regards, Ian

Paul Petrus on November 23, 2007

Thanks Ian for introducing me to the panoramio. It motivates my interest to upload more photos esp. of the highlands and tell the world about my beautiful place. My only impediment would be the access to internet in the highlands. But if ever I have the chance I will not sign out without uploading my photos. thanks Paul.

Ian Stehbens on November 23, 2007

The Highlands is a beautiful place indeed. I will post pictures of the Highlands when I've been there but that is not the same as you posting them. Blessings, Ian

Jerome Bastianelli on March 27, 2008

Wonderful atmosphere, Ian ! Yellow star !

Greetings from Paris,


Ian Stehbens on April 2, 2008

Thank you so very very much, Jérôme. It really is very special to receive an acknowledgement and Yellow Star from Paris!! When I saw this image it seemed to me to be so "Paris". I felt like I was on the bank of the Seine and under the Eiffel Tower at the same time. I would have to call this my Paris Genre!

Most appreciatively,


Ianw Stokes on December 17, 2008

The more I look at this, the more I like it. I’m very envious of your ability to spot something special in the seemingly dreary surroundings and turn it into a great picture. If I’d have been there and taken a picture it would have ended up in the recycle bin in no time.

– Good on yer mate – another Y* for this one. Ian S

Ian Stehbens on December 18, 2008

Your comment gives me genuine joy, Ian! I am especially proud of this one, though I am not sure how much it means to most others. But you understand both the way I have used the conditions as part of my 'art' and stayed with it long enough to value the image as an essay or composition. So a double thanks for the high appreciation.

Hope you have a great Christmas, Ian.


Ian in Sydney.

Opeti Moala on March 13, 2009

Dear Ian,

This is one of my favourites. May I download it into my folder and use t as a screen saver?

I like your photography.


Ian Stehbens on March 14, 2009

Malo e lelei Opeti.

Thanks for your most efficient help with the slideshow for yesterday. It went very well, and I am very grateful.

If you like this image of such a special part of our city, then by all means you have my permission to download.

Malo 'aupito,


Ian Stehbens on December 12, 2012

This photographic artwork was discovered by the daily newspaper in Stuttgart, Germany, and is still on display on their blog. It also hangs in my Imbella Gallery.

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    by Ian Stehbens