The Sydney Opera House was built in 1973 and is one of the great architectural designs of the 20th century. The building holds two main performance halls and a restaurant. The roof of the building is built in three separate interlocking “shell-like” shelters. While the Sydney Opera House is close to 50 years old, it is still one of the most photographed landmarks in the world.

I have been to Sydney three times in the last four years and I have taken more photos of the Sydney Opera House than I thought I would. It seems like there is an enticement that just makes everyone keep taking more pictures. In this post I will be featuring photos that I have taken from almost every angle that I could find.

The most recognizable view of the opera house is the view from the side. The two photos below are the side view of the opera house which helps to see the curves of some of the shells and how they interlock but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Getting a little distance away lets you see how the opera house is built at the end of a peninsula and that it is actually built into Sydney Harbour. I think this is one reason that it begs to be photographed so much, it is a dominant attraction from everywhere in the harbor.

The opera house is almost like an island in the harbor because even when you are close it still requires a little bit of a walk and going up three floors of stairs.

From the beginning of the peninsula and looking out towards the opera house gives a perspective that is not normally seen. The three photos below shows the opera house from the left side view, the front view and the right side view.

Getting a water view of the opera house offers an opposite side view than the view from the peninsula and shows a better view of the two main performance halls.

Obviously, the main feature of the Sydney Opera House are the unusual shaped “shells”. Architecturally they are modern and an up-close view shows details that aren’t visible from the normal photos that are seen. For me, it is fascinating how the “shells” look from different viewpoints and how they interact with each other. The photos below shows some of the different looks that the shell have from different perspectives.

One of the fun things that I like to do when I travel is to take photos of scenes through a window or opening. The photos below are a couple of photos of the opera house through openings.

I also like to include other features in my photos to give the photo a little more context then with just the object of the photograph. In the photo below I included the railing of the walkway in the foreground.

Sunset photos are not east to get because so many times there are too many clouds but on my last trip I was lucky to get a nice sunset off of a boat in Sydney Harbour.

Most of my follower know by now that one of my favorite times to photograph is the late evening and at night time. The final photos on this post are evening and night photos from three different locations. These photos really highlight that the Sydney Opera House is not only pretty in the daytime but also at night.

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4 thoughts on “Sydney Opera House – Australia”

  1. Very Nice ! I need to update my camera and learn from your photos where to take them from.

    1. Thanks Dan! I am sure that you will be taking a lot of nice photos.

  2. I just returned from Sydney and took more photos of the Opera House than I thought. It is amazing and beautiful during the day and night.

    1. Frida, I am glad that you were able to visit Sydney and see the Opera House. There is something about it that just captures your attention. I have been to Sydney four times and I always take more photos of the Opera House. If I go back again, I am sure that I will take more photos.

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