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Taking Photos of the Sydney Opera House


I’m writing this as the breeze plays with the straps of my bag and the white sails of the Sydney Opera House glow amber and then blue as the clouds shift across the setting sun. Yes, it’s a dream sentence, inspired by a dream view, and it’s at moments like this that I’m pretty sure I have a dream job.

Forgotten are yesterday’s cares, the cramps, the dizziness and the unspeakable aspects of food-poisoning on the road. This morning’s brief loneliness has also disappeared, vanished with a sweep of today’s technology and the sight of a single harbour.

Those tilting shark fins, that jagged lotus flower…or apparently as the locals call it “nuns in a scrum.”

The Sydney Opera House At Night

Whatever the description – and however many times you see it – there’s something so special about the Sydney Opera House. So very unusual, even if it does lie at the altar of the truly trodden beaten track.

As for the inside story, about its creation, its life history and its rather curious recent renovation work, it’s a tale with as much drama, intrigue and betrayal as one of the performances it hosts (Well, to a point. As far as I know, there’s no hint of incest or last-minute executions on the Opera House steps…)

Still, it’s a fascinating story. And one I’ll share another day…

For now, I’m just enjoying its shape. In photos as the sun goes down, in funky artistic modes as the files go up.

Taking photos of the Sydney Opera House…

The Sydney Opera House At Night Pencil Drawing

The Sydney Opera House Oil Painting

The Sydney Opera House At Night Embossed

The Sydney Opera House At Night Cartoon

The Sydney Opera House At Night Swirl Blur

Have you ever seen the Sydney Opera House? Would you like to?

Disclosure. Lots of people to thank for this. Destination New South Wales for getting me here, the Sydney Harbour YHA for the sunset viewpoint and the Sydney Opera House itself for the tour inside.


17 Responses to Taking Photos of the Sydney Opera House

  1. Simon February 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Nice effects, Abi! The Opera House is looking rather stunning. Hopefully you avoided the 1200 people they pushed through off the Costa Deliziosa while we were there!

    • Abi March 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

      Ouch! Yes, I was lucky…Hardly anyone around ;)

  2. Camels & Chocolate February 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    WOW. That first photo with the ominous clouds rolling in is just awesome.

    • Abi March 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      Never thought I’d be so pleased to see clouds like that…But I was!

  3. dtravelsround February 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    The original photo is so stunning! I love these different interpretations, too!

    • Abi March 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

      Thank you!

  4. JoAnna February 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    I think the Sydney Opera House is stunningly beautiful! I even went to a concert there once, and the acoustics were incredible!

    • Abi March 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

      When I went inside, I heard about 3 minutes of an orchestra playing…It sounded fantastic. I’d love to catch a proper performance there one day…

  5. Stephanie - The Travel Chica February 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Cool effects with the photos. This is one iconic location I hope to photography for myself one day.

    • Abi March 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      And when you finally get there, you will take thousands…!

  6. Erica February 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Loving the clouds! Definitely a building I can’t wait to photograph!

    • Abi March 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

      Yep. Everyone I met kept saying how terrible the summer had been, with so much rain and so many storms. I had to keep quiet…It was still so much better than summer in England ;)

  7. Cherina February 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    Love the dark and stormy backdrop in the first picture…that’s what the skies look like today in Melbourne!

    • Abi March 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      Thank you! The sky had just been dark, dark, dark for a while, then just for a moment, the clouds shifted and a shaft of light fell on the building. Suddenly made carrying my camera around all the time worth it ;)

  8. Paul / MyPostcardFrom March 2, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Love the oil painting photo. The Opera House is just one of those places you end up taking loads of photos.

    My best one probably came from a ferry looking back at the front with the city as a background.

    • Abi March 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

      You’re right about taking loads…It’s embarrassing to see how many I have of the place. Ah well. Long live digital!

  9. Vik October 18, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    The photos are nice with amazing effects. i like the third photo