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Mike_MacKinven

'The Lone Star'



'The Lone Star'

'The Lone Star'
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Contest Finalist in Playing With Darkness Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Fall 2014 Photo Contest
People's Choice in Fairytale Landscapes Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Fairytale Landscapes Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Photographer Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 6
People's Choice in Tripod Required Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Tripod Required Photo Contest
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Absolute Masterpiece
Superb Composition
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Our Natural World Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
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Playing With Darkness Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Fall 2014 Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Dramatic Shots Photo ContestTop 10 class
Wide Angle Views Photo ContestTop 10 class
Fairytale Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class
Dramatic Shots Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Wide Angle Views Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Fairytale Landscapes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Colors Of Autumn Photo ContestTop 20 class
The Colors Of Autumn Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Dramatic Shots Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Wide Angle Views Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Advanced Photoshop Photo Contest Vol 1Top 10 class
Photographer Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 6Top 10 class
Photographer Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 6Top 10 class week 2
ViewBug Image of the Year Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Rural Sceneries Photo ContestTop 30 class
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Where I Live Photo ContestTop 30 class
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Where I Live Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Rural Sceneries Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
ViewBug Image of the Year Photo ContestTop 10 class week 3
Tripod Required Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Tripod Required Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
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After Hours Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life December 01, 2014
WOOW!! you SO deserve the finalist award !! :):) this is incredible !!! 8) HUGE congrats!!! 8)
mradams
 
mradams December 01, 2014
very nice
cclaude PRO
 
cclaude December 01, 2014
SUPERB!
Mike_MacKinven
 
Mike_MacKinven December 01, 2014
Thanks guys :)
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta December 01, 2014
Fabulous time exposure. Congratulations on being the People's Choice Winner.
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 December 02, 2014
Congratulations on your Award.
ifarca
 
ifarca December 02, 2014
Congrats a great image
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi December 02, 2014
wonderful shot !
ryanchornick
 
ryanchornick December 02, 2014
holly crap thats rad
janice57
 
janice57 December 03, 2014
stunning just beautiful
MikeHiggins PRO
 
MikeHiggins December 09, 2014
Fabulous shot, brilliant.
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography December 10, 2014
Amazing shot!
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life December 26, 2014
CONGRATS to you ...!!! (:
mmarriuss
 
mmarriuss December 26, 2014
Fantastic panorama!! Breathtaking
johankoch
 
johankoch December 26, 2014
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
johankoch
 
johankoch December 26, 2014
i follow your postings on nz face book--some great photos-this one and wannabe tree-
huch5150
 
huch5150 December 26, 2014
Holy crap!!!! Love it.
Rl1956
 
Rl1956 December 29, 2014
amazing capture, congrats on peoples choice
Fauxtographer
 
Fauxtographer January 06, 2015
Stunning!
Stretton
 
Stretton January 08, 2015
Beautiful
LucyLoo
 
LucyLoo January 08, 2015
Congratulations :-D What a marvellous photo, great light, colours and perspective :-D Love the reflections too :-D
davidbidmead
 
davidbidmead January 09, 2015
Congratulations ! Spectacular capture.
HappyTree PRO+
 
HappyTree January 27, 2015
This is beautiful!
HappyTree PRO+
 
HappyTree January 27, 2015
This is beautiful!
HappyTree PRO+
 
HappyTree January 27, 2015
This is beautiful!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD January 27, 2015
Simply stunning. Congratulations.
juliedrummond
 
juliedrummond January 27, 2015
Congrats, well deserved!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta January 27, 2015
My previous comment refers. Congratulations on being a People's Choice Winner again.
brendastevens
 
brendastevens January 29, 2015
Absolutely surreal
Jocmif
 
Jocmif February 04, 2015
Congratulations Mikey for winning the Fairytale Landscape people's choice. Very well done on a great capture.
deancw PRO+
 
deancw February 07, 2015
Congrats!
tcritelli
 
tcritelli March 03, 2015
AWESOME photo!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD March 05, 2015
Stunning composition and use of light. Congratulations.
pdlstudios PRO+
 
pdlstudios March 13, 2015
Spectacular!
gregmorrison
 
gregmorrison May 04, 2015
This reminds me of something so much so it has stirred my soul Mikey
Kksgram Premium
 
Kksgram May 05, 2015
Absolute magic !
KWSetzer
 
KWSetzer September 14, 2015
Amazing! absolutely love this shot!
TheBeardedMan
 
TheBeardedMan February 11, 2016
perfect, be interested in the post process more
bobrick PRO+
 
bobrick May 30, 2016
great shot
Beegirl
 
Beegirl September 17, 2016
Great shot

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this shot at one of my favourite places to visit, Lake Wanaka. Situated in the South Island of New Zealand.
Time
I hadn't planned on shooting this shot, but after a bit of encouragement from a few people to shoot an astro shot at this location, I though 'Ok, let's do this'. However just going out and shooting this wasn't going to work, a fair amount of planning was required. So I ended up wading out into the chilly lake to get the optimum composition, waste deep in leaky waders from midnight until 01:40am.
Lighting
Most of my astro shots I strive to get away from light pollution, however to shoot this tree you cannot get away from it, so why not embrace it? Most of the lighting is pretty antique, well, a few billion years old but still shining bright. Other than natural star light and light pollution from nearby towns, no other lighting was used.
Equipment
My go to camera is my Canon 6D, and my favourite lens is the Samyang 24mm ƒ1.4 lens and my trusty Manfrotto 190PROBX tripod with a ball head. No fancy panoramic heads used, this setup seems to create magic on clear nights.
Inspiration
I was halfway through a 3 week trip around the South Island of New Zealand in a motorhome (best trip ever!) and we were VERY fortunate to have clear skies, 19 days out of 21! So I guess you can call it an Astro Trip, every night we were out under the stars shooting the Milky Way. My goal was to shoot the Milky Way in as many locations - but without rushing it. The previous day I shot this tree at sunset, and after posting it online the feedback was good, but an astro shot would be better, so thanks to my friends and followers for inspiring me to shoot this.
Editing
I process all of my Astro shots, this one was processed in Lightroom and Photoshop, but stitched in Hugin, 32 images went in to creating this shot. Most of the editing is contrast/brightness adjustments, a bit of noise reduction and clarity added.
In my camera bag
I used to be a hard core Canon only guy, until someone lent me a Samyang 14mm ƒ2.8 to try out. I was amazed at the sharpness and ease of use – let alone the price of this lenses! So sure enough, I had invested in a Samyang 14mm ƒ2.8, and then a Samyang 24mm ƒ1.4. The SY 24mm is now my go to lens of choice for night scenes, but is also a lot of fun shooting ƒ1.4 portraits. I also have a Canon 600D, EF 24-105mm lens, EF 40mm ƒ2.8 lens (very fun lens!), 50mm ƒ1.8, 85mm ƒ1.8, 55-250mm nifty two fifty, JOBY GorillaPod SLR-Zoom, 12v Dew Heater, Yongnuo flash and a few filters. Today I received a new toy, an iOptron Skytracker, so now I can take longer exposures of the night sky.
Feedback
Just get out there and give it a go! But beware, as soon as you see those stars appear on your camera screen, you will get addicted to this art form. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try to capture something original! Look for that new angle, but always be aware of your surroundings. I was fortunate not to trip over in this lake and ruin all my gear, but that's the risk I took to capture this shot.

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