Shots of the landmark of Sydney, the Opera House, are ubiquitous on postcards, in books and magazines. Most of them are, however, uninspiring shots of cliché which shared as much in common with the winning images in a photo contest as a bowl of rice in a China Town restaurant to a spoonful of Aussie's favourite Vegemite at a friend's place.
It is a necessary pursuit to a creative photographer to see any scene from his own angle. Where, why and how are the three basic question words to bear in mind when observing a scene. The photographer should then make as much show as possible of his novel perspectives in the final images.
For an impressive structure like the Sydney Opera House, the usual panoramic shots showing it from a distance cannot do justice to the enormity of its architectural beauty which can only be felt at a close distance. A standard shot of the entire opera house has less going for it as an image reflecting its unique architecture than undermining the same.
So this is the why behind these shots to which the answers are the where (to view) and how (e.g. which angel to shoot from) as expressed with these shots.