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Inside the MCG Cauldron

Here’s a wide angle shot from the MCG last night in Melbourne on the first day of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. There was a great atmosphere with a crowd of over 80000 in attendance and I managed to squeeze most of them in at 12mm. There’s some crazy distortion with a wide angle shot like this so I wasn’t exactly THIS far from the action! Australia beat England of course, again, but I’m cheering for NZ so wasn’t too worried about the result, just happy to be hanging out with my big sis who was in town from Sydney.

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US Open Tennis Men’s Final

Tonight I was lucky enough to watch the US Open men’s tennis final at Arthur Ashe Stadium here in New York. Kudos to Andy Murray for finally getting over the hump and winning his first grand slam title against an always tough to beat Novak Djokovic. It was an amazing match that started early in the afternoon and continued through to the early evening. The fact that it went so long gave me a chance to climb to the top of the stadium and get this photo with the New York skyline in the background as the sun went down, just an incredible experience standing up there. After weather delays earlier in the tournament the final was put back to September 10, the day I was due to leave. Fortunately for me I was able to reschedule my flight and enjoy a day to remember at Flushing Meadows.

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Wimbledon Quarter Finals

Back in London just in time to catch some tennis! Centre court tickets at Wimbledon are pretty hard to come by but if you’re willing to line up for 6 or 7 hours (which can be surprisingly fun) you can usually score some sweet resale tickets. It proved to be my lucky day as I got to see Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga battle it out in glorious summer sunshine, Pimm’s anyone?

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Camp Nou

As a football fan I couldn’t come to Barcelona and not go to Camp Nou, home of the disgustingly good Barcelona football team (I’m a tortured Liverpool supporter by the way). They have an amazing set up and it’s not hard to get caught up in the history of the club, especially as they’ve been so dominant recently with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and the boys running wild in the Champions League and Spanish La Liga. There were plenty of interactive screens and memorabilia on display but I think I enjoyed walking down the players tunnel the most, they recreate the sound effects of a packed stadium which is a nice touch. I also paid too much money to have a photo holding a replica Champions League trophy….day light robbery but it had to be done! I’d love to come back to watch an actual match but doing the whole tour thing was a pretty good substitute.

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Downtown Surfing in Munich

Surf’s up dude! I had no idea about downtown surfing in Munich until I casually walked past and noticed a crowd gathered around the canal. Turns out surfing in the ocean is so last year, these days it’s all about surfing rivers, waterfalls and whatever else is extreme to the max. It looked like a lot of fun so I was kinda jealous, until they wiped out and were thrown down the river screaming…

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Opening Day at the French Tennis Open

Turns out I’m in Paris for the start of the French Tennis Open, great timing! I went along to the clay courts of Roland Garros for opening day and it was good fun. There weren’t many big names on show, especially on the outer courts, but it was a great day to be soaking up the sun at the tennis.

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A Day of Cricket at Lords

Today was my first ever trip to the Lords cricket ground, the spiritual home of cricket. I went with my aunt to watch the final day of the test between England and the West Indies. As a cricket fan it was a pretty special experience and would you believe that they even let us on to the field during a break in play! Awesome. Thanks to the random stranger who took this nice pic for us. England won the game by the way, oh and I’m also in London at the moment (which your intuition may have already told you).

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Hang Time on the Basketball Court

Today I managed to combine 2 of my favourite things, basketball and photography (gold star for me!). I went down to the Tahunanui Primary School basketball court (shout out to my old school!) and played a little ball as I like to do, only today I brought my camera with me so I could take a few snaps. Seeing as I have no friends I had to resort to the good old fashioned auto-timer, which is actually quite good on the Sony NEX as you can set it up to take 3 photos in rapid succession instead of just 1. That feature comes in handy when you’re trying to get the timing right, it took a few shots (pardon the pun) but I managed to make it work eventually. I walked away with some cool pics but this one was my favourite. So was it really hang time of just trick photography? I guess you’ll never know…

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Mountain Biking Down Haleakala

What was the real reason I was at the top of the Haleakala volcano? So I could fly down on a mountain bike of course! It’s great fun and when you throw in the whole sunrise watching thing it’s a pretty awesome experience. I was secretly hoping for an eruption so I could race down in front of molten lava but you can’t win em all. If you’re renting bikes I recommend doing the at your own pace thing where you go up with a bike company and come down as you please. Following a guide down with a big group and stopping every 2 minutes looked like it was sucking the lives out of people as I burned past them (probably at world record pace).

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Sydney City 2 Surf Panorama

Took a detour through Sydney to celebrate my Dad’s birthday and watch him and my sisters run the Sydney City to Surf. My role was behind the camera, which was probably for the best. I heard that it’s the biggest running race in the world, which wouldn’t surprise me as it was packed!

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A Day at Fenway Park

You can’t come to Boston and not watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park so off we went to experience the legendary ballpark. There’s a lot of history here and an intimate setting that makes you feel part of the action. It is baseball though so you’ve got to make sure there’s a beer in one hand and a hot dog in the other or you’ll probably get bored.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Panorama

A panorama photo from qualifying day at the Indy 500.

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Indy 500 Qualifying

Made a slight detour to catch our boy Scott Dixon qualify second fastest for the Indy 500. It was a loud but fun day and we got to meet Scott after he’d finished qualifying too. We offered him use of the Ram for the big race but he politely declined.

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Mavericks v Lakers in Dallas

We had a great few days in Dallas where, among other things, we watched the Mavericks sweep the Lakers in the NBA playoffs, good times.

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