His job forced Seenivasan Kumaravel to leave Canberra for Melbourne in 2015, but the epic photos he took while in the capital are still garnering an appreciative audience.
Mr Kumaravel’s 2014 photo of the changing skies above Capital Wind Farm near Bungendore is the October image in the 2018 Australian Weather Calendar.
The calendar is jointly published by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and hundreds of photographers submitted images in a competition that is more than 30 years old.
The best images, representing the full spectrum of Australian weather, were chosen for publication and include forked lightning over Lake Argyle in the Kimberley, a full moon shining in Kosciuszko National Park, and the Aurora australis seen from Davis Station, Antarctica.
Mr Kumaravel, a hobby photographer, loved taking photos of Canberra and the surrounding region.
He is one of a small number of photographers to be featured in two consecutive Australian Weather Calendars as another photo taken while he was living in Canberra, a shot from Mount Ainslie of the city in the fog, featured in the 2017 calendar.
“I loved driving to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and the Capital Windfarm, especially when it’s a cloudy day and when the sun is popping in and out.”
He took the 2018 calendar image of swirling clouds over a field of wind turbines on one of those days.
Mr Kumaravel said “This place had the right amount of cloud, the right light and the perfect subject.”
Director of Meteorology Andrew Johnson was excited about the collection of images featured in this year’s calendar.
“Every year the Australian Weather Calendar stands out due to its exceptional quality and detail with every image accompanied by a scientific explanation of the phenomena featured,” he said.