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Milky Way Over Lake Tekapo

After a very hazy evening with streaks of high cloud, Saturday night cleared just before midnight up on Mt John, giving me the opportunity to leave my room in the observatory and sit out in the cold under the majestic southern night sky. In the extras you’ll see a time lapse image of the stars circling the southern celestial pole, shot with my Samyang 8mm f/2.8 fisheye lens on the X-T2. The main image is with my Samyang 12mm f/2 lens on my X-T10.

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Mackenzie Country Gold, Lake Tekapo

This weekend I was in Lake Tekapo, taking photos for University of Canterbury Alumni at Mt John University Observatory. After taking some shots of the tour around the facility, I headed up Godley Peaks Road to try and grab some images of the wonderful golden hues in the Mackenzie basin at this time of year. In the extras you’ll see more golden colour, plus a shot of the ridges of the Two Thumb Range with the Church of the Good Shepherd in the foreground.

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Remembering Fallen Sons

ANZAC Day was commemorated on the 25th, but on Friday I stopped by the War Memorial in Geraldine to capture this photograph. On my way home from Christchurch on Thursday I passed through Leeston and Rakaia – both small towns but settlements with dozens of crosses surrounding their memorials. What a price to pay, a whole generation of young New Zealanders cut down in their prime. New Zealand had one of the highest casualty rates in the first World War – nearly a fifth of the almost 100,000 men (9% of the total population at that time) who served […]

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Milky Way Over Cabbage Trees (again)

Yeah, same old same old, back up to the garage for a late night blip. Not bad stars tonight though… ūüėČ Ask anyone about shooting Astrophotography and they’ll recommend shooting raw files, but tonight I thought I’d experiment with some settings to get the most of Fuji’s awesome jpeg rendering. Here’s the result SOTC but taken into Lightroom added +5 clarity and +20 contrast. To be honest I think this is as good a night sky rendering as any raw file I’ve shot and processed, and it took a fraction of the time. I think I might save this […]

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Crrunnnchhhh!!!

Crispy leaves in the gutter at Grasmere St, Timaru. These will be the last leaves on the road as the beautiful trees mature trees that line the street are to be cut down later this year. My wife remembers growing up in the street that the sweepers used to patrol the street daily, picking up the leaves and keeping the gutters clear. Seems the leaves were never an issue in those days, but today the council doesn’t want to pay for this anymore, so it’s goodbye tree-lined street. And they definitely don’t seem to be giving a shit this […]

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Kakahu Lime Kiln under the stars

Last night my Aurora hunting went on until after midnight, so on my way back from Fairlie I went via the old Lime Kiln at Kakahu. As you can see, the Aurora wasn’t quite done, with faint yellow and pink still showing. Check out the extra for a wider fisheye view If you missed yesterday’s shots, go and check out more aurora and stars¬†[url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2302622963385501277]here[/url]¬†and¬†[url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2302622963385501277/gallery/2302624486962233947]here[/url]

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Stars and Aurora over Kakahu War Memorial

Beautiful starry night here in South Canterbury, so I went for a late night jaunt out towards Fairlie. This is a 180 degree view captured with my fisheye lens over the memorial on the hill at Kakahu. The Milky Way is rising on the left of the picture, the orange pink glow to the right is the aurora, the bright light in the middle light pollution from Timaru. In the extras is the view over Fairlie – you can really see the bright yellow green glow of the aurora as well as the beams that shoot towards the zenith, […]

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Top of the Lake

I’ve been on assignment in Lake Tekapo today, taking photos for University of Canterbury at Mt John Observatory as a partnership agreement was signed between the University and South China Airlines. It’s going to be great for Mt John and Lake Tekapo. On my way back down the mountain I stopped to take this shot looking up the lake towards Mt D’Archiac. A gorgeous view on a gorgeous Autumn day.

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