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Paul says…

Few cities can be recognised by the simple silhouette of a single building. In Sydney, I found one.

Of course the standard “cityscapes” or skylines can define a city for all to remember, but the Sydney Opera House as it is overlooked by the Harbour Bridge is such an icon that it can stand proud as a solo representative of the city in its own right. Capturing this required three things: 1) Being in Sydney at the right time of year for the sun position. 2) Getting up really early to get to the right spot, and 3) Avoiding the horrendous cruise-ships which plague the inner harbour daily at sunrise, blotting the view of this great city for everyone else.

On one hand, I was very unlucky – 10 minutes before sunrise a Carnival mega-ship chose to begin docking at the International Passenger Terminal about 200m from where I was stood. On the other, clearly someone thought my stress and frustration was worthy of a break as the stern of the ship just passed out of view ready for this one-time exposure where the sun popped up over the crest of one of the arches.

This must be one of the most photographed buildings in the world, but this shot, for me, brings something different and more natural to its architecture. Musical influences aside, the way the sun just played with the corners of the roof in isolation meant there could be only one title to reflect that morning: Solo.

Location: Sydney, Australia

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