And The Winner Is....................Sydney !
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It certainly is, (the winner that is) laying claim to this beautiful structure.......
I've just spent a very taxing (but all in the right way) week in Sydney and the Southern Highlands of New South Wales celebrating a good friends 50th birthday.
When I say "taxing" I mean that in a good way, as this couple seriously know how to party, and every time my wife and I go down to stay with them, it always seems to be for a minimum of 5 days / nights or so.......(I think it's all about making all the travelling to get there worthwhile).
This instance was Sandra's birthday and it will certainly go down in the history books for numerous reasons...most of which relate to very late nights spent with a lot of really good people drinking way to much good red wine and staying up far far far too late listening to really loud music while staying in a truly beautiful home in a stunning setting...... and a six hour return road trip down to the coast and back in a rented minibus to go to an unforgettable restaurant on the Saturday, which brings me to the point where I must say that this image has not a lot to do with all of that except for the fact that it gave me the opportunity to spend a very interesting and fulfilling first day (before heading up into the highlands) down in "The Rocks" area of Sydney with another friend that I hadn't seen for quite a while and explore all those places that I have always wanted to with my camera gear but have never had the chance to do due to various reasons. Thanks heaps Tim, we enjoyed that day no end.
The title is from Juan Antonio Samaranch's famous (for us Aussies anyway) line when he announced that Sydney had won the olympic games a few years back. "And the winner is.........................Sydney"
I've always admired the Sydney Opera House for its architechture, but now I've explored it this close, I just totally love it. Jorn Utzon was way ahead of his time in designing this stunning structure and the controversy over the "blown out budget" accompanying it has just made it all the more interesting and rivetting to me....it looks pretty dam impressive now for the cost of building it then and I think it absolutely holds its own in many ways.
I hope you enjoy it too.
The only Photoshop work on this image was one action of contrast and one of sharpening.
In most shots of the Opera House the tiles look white....this truly is the way they were when I was looking through the viewfinder, it was a sun V sky thing and the angle I shot it from I think that brought this dark tone out as there were only about two images in about a hundred or so that had this tone quality in them.
f/16.....1/500 sec..... 100 ISO.
Also by Mal Stewart
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