Auditorium. Looking down on the stalls in the auditorium of the Dresden opera house – the Semperoper – which was built by the German architect Gottfried Semper in 1841. It suffered badly in WWII, but was painstakingly restored and reopened in February 1985 – 40 years to the day since its destruction – with a performance of Weber's opera Der Freischütz, the last opera to be performed in 1945. Then, in 2002, it was badly damaged again when the nearby river Elbe flooded. I visited during my Grand Tour in 2008 and was surprised and pleased to find that I could use the camera on my afternoon tour. The opera house was very busy with the tour groups, but they're handled very well and are interesting and informative. The exposure here is only 1/6 sec with a 'standard' focal length, but Vibration Reduction has saved the day!

Technical: NIKON D300, f=42.0 mm, ISO1600, 1/6 sec @ f4.5

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