Shining in the rain, just shining in the rain

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I trust that each viewer is able to imagine the sensory privilege of being here in the pouring rain, one warm summer night, assigned to witness the Opera House tucking away beneath the arm of its strong protector.

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 realise 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.

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.

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Ian Stehbens on February 25, 2008

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 realise 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.

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.

I trust that each viewer is able to imagine the sensory privilege of being here in the rain, one warm summer night, assigned to witness the Opera House tucking away beneath the arm of its strong protector.

Ian

route324 on June 6, 2008

excellent work!

Ian Stehbens on June 6, 2008

Thank you for your visit, and for finding this image hidden away in my album. I am pleased that you found it, and pleased that you see it as a good image, for I am very proud of this and regard it as one of my best ever images.

I have briefly reviewed your album and you are a good photographer also, and one who has been from the Alps to the Caribbean beaches. I am currently packing to travel to Tonga, so when I am back with my new pictures in July, I will find the time to enjoy your album more fully.

In the meantime I send my warm greetings from Sydney to Tuscany.

Ian

Brian Gymer on November 10, 2008

A wonderful shot.The use of black & white creates the mood of the time.

AL1612 on September 18, 2009

Excellent picture and very nice story. I absolutely agree with you that there is no "wrong" weather for photography and I prefer like an atmospheric shot like this one any time to the convetional postcard shot.

Best regards from Germany, Anette

drk75 on May 5, 2010

BEAUTIFUL...!!!

Ian Stehbens on May 7, 2010

Greetings Brian.

First an apology that I had missed your comment earlier. But thank you very much for your appreciation and encouragement.. With your years of experience with a camera, I feel honoured. I am particularly pleased with this particular piece of work.

It was a perfect day in the Harbour City today as I am sure it was in Forster as well.

Kindest regards,

Ian

Ian Stehbens on May 7, 2010

Dear Anette,

Your appreciation of this image gives me real joy, for I am very pleased with this work. It has mood and life and atmosphere. And for me a particularly clear memory of a moment that was visually special.

Thanks indeed.

Warmest regards from Sydney.

Ian

Ian Stehbens on May 7, 2010

Welcome to Panoramio, drk75. I appreciate your images of Sydney and the bridge. So I am pleased that you have selected this image to affirm!

Warm regards,

Ian (in Sydney)

VLADNES on August 23, 2010

отличный снимок!

Ian Stehbens on August 31, 2010

Thank you very much indeed, Vladnes. This is one that I have chosen to print and to hang in my own gallery. I like it too.

Ian

Sergiy Lenzion on July 3, 2011

Perfect!

Ian Stehbens on July 8, 2011

I am so pleased that you have affirmed this creative work, Sergiy. Thank you. Thank you.

Ian

▌CAM H╬A╬P╬P╬Y on July 30, 2011

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Ian Stehbens on August 2, 2011

Thank you Tony. I like it too. Sydney greetings.

Ian

Hanno van Kamer on August 14, 2011

a very nice photo.. like

Ian Stehbens on August 14, 2011

Thank you Hanno. It is a photo I am proud of. Hope you got to read the story of the night I took this photo. It is on the front page of comments.

Ian

KelvinRose on March 18, 2012

Ordinary Finds has recognized this very special photo. It was also published in Stuttgarter Zeitung in Germany.

Ian Stehbens on March 18, 2012

I was excited when I 'received' this photo, Winrose, and even more so when I first saw it on the screen. It also hangs in my wife's study, so I am delighted that others have 'found it' too.

Ian

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