This is the first of my Sydney pieces, taken on a recent trip up there. My good friend Maria Moro generously spent a lot of time with me on this trip, taking me on a walking tour of the city’s sights. A huge thank you needs to go out to her for everything while I was up in Sydney :)

This of course, is the Sydney Opera House, Australia’s more iconic landmark. While I was trying to cut all human activity out of my shots, Maria suggested I incorporate them in, and this is the final product. We shot this around 9.30am, morning sun providing the light and shadow play on the House.

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Only post editing on this is the addition of an omni lighting filter, and slight tweaking of contrast and levels. All done in Photoshop CS4. Single RAW file.

Canon 50D
18 – 55, 58mm
f5.6, 1/3200, ISO 100

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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

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  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatalmost 4 years ago

    Wow that’s a great shot Parmi. Great to see it from a differing angle too that’s my style.

  • Thanks a lot mate, definitely wanted something different for the old landmark :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Erika Gouws
    Erika Gouwsalmost 4 years ago

    Aah, a wonderful shot!

  • Thanks a lot Erika :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Halmost 4 years ago

    awesome shot! just brilliant!

  • Thanks so much Dinni!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • scottimages
    scottimagesalmost 4 years ago

    You and Maria are such a great team Andrew :)
    I love that you’ve chosen to show us the people in this shot, the everyday Australians that are such an important part of what makes this an iconic building for us.

  • We worked so well together, shooting our way through Sydney, it helps so much with another photographer there :) I’m actually happy with this one (rare for me lol) and happy I included the humans in the shot too. Thanks a lot Rosemary, always great to hear your feedback on my work!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • blueeyesjus
    blueeyesjusalmost 4 years ago

    Now you’re just showing off :)
    I LOVE this image mate, perfect, jaw-dropping compostion, exquisite light (and shade), brilliant use of scale, sumptuous lush deep colour…this has to be an absolute all-time favourite image for me.
    And as a side note this IS how I see this iconic building, it’s soft, heavy curvaceous forms stretching out of the ground with just the hint of it’s scales reflected in the sinking sunlight…..just wonderful (and no I haven’t been drinking :) )

  • Go grab yourself a drink mate :)
    This is a comment worth framing!!! I love hearing this from an architect, adds a lot to the image for me. I was initially concerned about shooting the House, thinking it has been done so many times. Unaware of the effect sunlight has on this incredible building. I am smiling from ear to ear after reading this one mate, thanks so very much!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatalmost 4 years ago

    It works for me a great landmark but shot in a way people who have never been there would never see it.

  • That is fantastic to hear mate, thanks again!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Rémi Bridot
    Rémi Bridotalmost 4 years ago

    Invit for our group “The Silky Touch”

    Superbe !!!

  • Would love to join, thanks a lot Remi!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • tim buckley | bodhiimages
    tim buckley | ...almost 4 years ago

    beautiful parmi. sweet capture. the human element adds something sometimes, sometimes not. breathtaking !!

  • Thank you very much mate, I completely agree, and I usually lean toward excluding them! Much appreciated :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Wolfdocter
    Wolfdocteralmost 4 years ago

    The light and shadow play in this photo is absolutely breathtaking…
    Absolutely WOW! :)

  • Well thank you very much Doc, that is really appreciated :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    Parmi this is outstanding- looks like a black opera house!!!

  • Thank you so much Rosie! I never expected a shot like this to come from the House!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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