2013 Year In Photos: Snorkelling, Street Photowalks & USA Desert Journey

Early January 2013: my friend Holly Hart convinced me to try snorkelling (full photo gallery) so I bought a wetsuit and I discovered that taking photos of underwater creatures was lots of fun 🙂

Pink Lion's Mane / Snotty Jellyfish Cyanea - Clovelly snorkelling

April: I visited Adelaide to research a story and made sure I had some spare time to take street art photos (full photo gallery) with my friend Chris Oaten.

Panorama of best Adelaide street art wall

May: I enjoyed a day trip with my friend Nate Cochrane to the Wings Over Illawarra airshow (full photo gallery). We had lots of fun and my photo of Royal Australian Navy Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil (Squirrel) synchronised flying was featured on ABC News Online.

Royal Australian Navy Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil (Squirrel) synchronised flying - Wings Over Illawarra airshow

Later in May I walked around Sydney city taking photos of the Vivid Sydney winter light show (full photo gallery). My photo of a child fascinated by the Night Blossoms on Pyrmont Bridge was featured on ABC News Online.

Child Fascinated by Pyrmont Bridge Light Tree - Vivid Sydney 2013

June: I spent a week on holiday with my friend Chris Watson at Charlottes Pass Village, the highest altitude ski resort in Australia. It was a welcome escape from “civilisation” to spend a week reading, playing cards and staring out the window as clouds passed over the mountain range.

Drifting snowflakes - Charlottes Pass, Kosciuszko National Park, Snowy Mountains

July: I began a full time job working at the University of New South Wales as Engineering IT Officer & Faculty Photographer. The photo below is one I took of eVe the UNSW SunSwift team World Solar Challenge race car.

eVe - SunSwift World Solar Challenge race car - University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Later in July I took photos at a Sydney Roller Derby match (full photo gallery). It’s a super tough sport but they still manage to have fun 🙂 It’s also quite difficult to photograph due to fast player movement and low light.

Screaming Assault Sirens vs the D'viants - Sydney Roller Derby League 12th July 2013

August and September: I visited the USA for a month long holiday including: the twin Kansas Cities, San Diego, San Francisco and experiencing the arid desolate beauty of National Parks in the South West region. It was everything I had expected and more.

I have blogged about these already:

Postcards from America: 2013 Desert Journey part 1, part 2 and part 3.

Hummingbird - San Diego California

Endless Gunbarrel Straight Highway American Road trip

Panorama view Colorado Plateau - Dead Horse State Park

In Late September I went for a random street art photo walk (full photo gallery) with my friend Alison Martin around the inner west Sydney suburb of Newtown.

Eyes on Passersby - Street art in Newtown, Sydney

October: bushfires were widespread across Sydney and NSW, enough to make the moon look orange due to smoke particles.

Orange Moon Over Sydney Caused By Bushfire Smoke Particles

December: I took quite a few photos during the 2013 Sydney Summer and Christmas Season (full photo gallery) including the Darling Harbour Christmas Tree which was unexpectedly licenced by Intel Australia for use in a press release.

Darling Harbour Christmas Tree - Sydney Christmas 2013

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