River scenes make great pic­tures

Canning Times - - NEWS - D475604

YOU might ex­pect to find Curtin Univer­sity dstin­guished pro­fes­sor Steven Tin­gay gaz­ing sky­ward but the avid cy­clist will tell you there are great pho­to­graphs to be taken by look­ing down into and around Perth’s river sys­tem.

“Some of the best sights to pho­to­graph are pods of early morn­ing dol­phins in the rivers,” he said.

“Some­times I ride be­hind a pod while they swim along the shore feed­ing at dawn. That is pretty spe­cial and def­i­nitely photo wor­thy.”

By day the Wil­let­ton res­i­dent leads the Curtin Univer­sity node of In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for Ra­dio Astronomy Re­search.

Pro­fes­sor Tin­gay, who rides to work ev­ery day and coaches at the lo­cal lit­tle ath­let­ics club, also ap­pre­ci­ates Perth’s parks and open spa­ces.

He is an ex­pert in astronomy and as­tro­physics, in par­tic­u­lar ra­dio astronomy.

“I love get­ting out on the oval two nights a week for train­ing, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the Perth sum­mer weather and the won­der­ful sports fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

“I think Perth has the best sports ovals in the coun­try, and must have the most per capita.”

The as­tronomer also spends some nights in the Whealt­belt fol­low­ing and pho­tograph­ing his work pas­sion.

“Oc­ca­sion­ally my son and I like to head out around Northam at night to pho­to­graph the night sky away from the city lights,” he said.

#SnapPerth is all about cel­e­brat­ing and shar­ing what we love about the city we live in, so re­mem­ber, once you snap, you have to hash­tag and share. ■ Snap the photo ■ Hash­tag #SnapPerth ■ Share on Instagram or Twit­ter

Thanks to our na­tional part­ners Canon Aus­tralia and Har­vey Nor­man Photo Cen­tre and our State part­ner REIWA.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Steven Tin­gay rides his bike to work at Curtin Univer­sity.

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