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A Church Under the Stars

Tekapo is famous for it’s crystal clear night skies so what better place for some astrophotography! The last time I was here was probably about 7 years ago when I worked for a science centre in Christchurch called ‘Science Alive!’. Some of the educators and I did a field trip to the Mt John Observatory, staying a few nights so we could get the full blown astronomy experience. I remember seeing Saturn through one of their telescopes and having my mind completely blown, it was so beautiful! The guy in charge also had the most epic laser pointer, which the 8 year old in me found equally compelling.

Anyway here I was again, this time staying closer to the township so I could take photos of the Church of the Good Shepherd. This is a popular landmark (by New Zealand standards) so there were tourist buses constantly coming and going. It was quieter at night but I was still surprised by the number of people there taking photos, which was kinda fun!…and kind annoying! Haha mostly because of the car headlights, but even they could at times be useful for illuminating the church.

I don’t have a good lens for astrophotography at the moment but the Sony A7s is so freaky fast that I got away with some wide angle shots at f4 over about 20 seconds. Including this one that benefited from some whispy clouds that were lurking that night.

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Pacific Nights

I’m super excited to explore the islands here in French Polynesia so a bit of darkness isn’t going to slow me down! In fact I think night time photography could be really interesting over here. I took this shot while going for a walk towards Cook’s Bay, cars were occasionally whizzing by so I thought it would be a good chance to capture some light trails. The palm trees looked great in the moonlight and I’m happy with how this one turned out! 🙂

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Stars Over the Wool Shed

We wrapped up an amazing photography adventure of New Zealand’s deep south with some food and drinks at a conveniently tricked out wool shed. Naturally with so many photographers in attendance it wasn’t long before we were all outside gazing at the Milky Way. It took a bit of experimenting but this might be the first time I’m happy with a photo I’ve taken of the stars, it’s something I really want to get better at and I’m pleased to be making progress!

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My Very Own Eco-Dome

I’ve had a little trouble finding accommodation here in Torres del Paine so I’ve ended up at a cult-like eco-camp where people stay in domes. It’s admittedly a little strange but also a little awesome!! I think I’m the only person who isn’t staying as part of a larger group because when I rock up for meals (in the mothership dome) they always look at me weird, like I’ve just walked into some secret initiation ceremony or something (which let’s be honest, I have). There are some eco-friendly features to the dome and the cosy fireplace is a nice touch. It’s fairly sturdy but the crazy Patagonian winds gave it a real battering. I feel safe but the noise and rattling is a little unsettling and doesn’t make for a good night’s sleep. May as well go outside and take some photos of the stars…

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Starry Nights at Tahuna Domain

On my way back from an evening of storm chasing I thought I’d practice taking photos of the stars down at the Tahuna Domain. It’s something I really want to get good at and while I’ve got a long way to go, this photo of a starry night in Nelson came out reasonably well.

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