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Opera House, Sydney Cove, Bennelong Point, Sydney, Australia,

Fotoeins Friday: Sydney Opera House at 41

Opened on 20 October 1973, the Sydney Opera House celebrates its 41st anniversary in 2014. First-time visitors to Sydney almost always seek out the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge nearby. When I’m in Sydney, I always go back to Sydney Harbour to remind myself the Opera House is “still there.” No, it’s not rational; yes, it’s entirely emotional.

For more about the Opera House project, please check out this post about the construction of this UNESCO World Heritage site, and how a “Sphere of Fruit” has all to do with the famous sail-like roof.

With the shadow of the Harbour Bridge against the Opera House, I made the photo on 12 May 2013 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera and the EF 50/1.4 prime-lens with the following settings: 1/800s, f/8, ISO200, 50mm (80mm) focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Opera House, Sydney Cove, Bennelong Point, Sydney, Australia,

Sydney: happy 49 to the Opera House (2022)

Above/featured: South view from Sydney Harbour towards the CBD – 12 Apr 2013 (450D).

Standing prominently above Sydney’s Bennelong Point, the white shelled structure serves as an icon for city and country.

The Sydney Opera House is made up of three groups of interlocking “vaulted shells” housing two primary concert auditorium spaces. The shell-like structures sit upon a large platform, encompassed on the outside by stepped terraces as staging or assembly areas for visitors.

On 20 October 1973, Queen Elizabeth II formally opened The Opera House. Forty years on, the building is an icon for both Sydney and Australia. The building endures as a “landmark” and “ambassador” for both city and country. Immediately telling are the roof’s white shells, looking like wind-blown sails at a distance in the harbour.

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Opera House, Sydney Cove, Bennelong Point, Sydney, Australia,

“Open jaw”

With this slightly modified take on the Opera House in late-afternoon light (i.e., 2 hours before sunset), I’m reminded about how much I’ve enjoyed my time in Sydney, which is about 6 to 7 weeks in total over 4 separate trips since 2007. Sydney is on my hit parade once again, this time for 2012.

For most, it’s a long way to Australia, but a 13-hour trip from here in Chile across the south Pacific isn’t really all that long, since any significant trip outside of South America is going to take at least 24 to 30 hours door-to-door. From a travel perspective, an “open jaw” ticket is a specific and flexible type of air ticket, about which you can read here.

I made the photo above on 26 September 2010 with the Canon EOS450D camera, EF 70-300mm IS lens, and the following settings: 1/1000s, f/8, ISO200, 70mm. This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (

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