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RuwanFonseka July 07, 2015
Nice blend of technique and artistry.
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thank you :) took a few itirations to do this, the final edit was done in Instagram of all software!
 
Belgerath July 07, 2015
wow great image, Love this!!!
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thank you :)
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LUsherLamacraft July 07, 2015
Wonderful!
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thank you :)
 
EverydayLivingMoments July 09, 2015
Breathtaking!
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thank you :)
 
earlcook July 18, 2015
Ephoto Mikey .. like the black sky , need to learn more on how to process the MW :-)
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
In a few weeks Earl, you might learn some tricks ;)
 
carolhagood July 18, 2015
Wonderful capture!
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thanks Carol :)
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MaryAnne306 July 29, 2015
Stunning composition and color. Not a big fan of HDR, but this is just beautiful.
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
THanks Mary :) I'm surprised this image made finalist in the HDR competition!
 
Capture-Life July 29, 2015
WOW! seriously breathtakin' ...and just plain ahhhmazin' !!! :):) ❤
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thank you :)
 
MarissaJane July 30, 2015
Just wow beautiful image
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
I feel this image still doesn't give the location justice!
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ori July 30, 2015
awesome!
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Cheers Ori!
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography August 04, 2015
Incredible shot! Breathtaking!!!
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thank you Wild Child :)
 
chrishoffman August 04, 2015
Heaven on earth , This is the most amazing phototure I have seen in a while. great shot.
 
chrishoffman August 04, 2015
should have won best overall .
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thank you Chris :) it did eventually!
 
boggsdoggs August 08, 2015
This is incredible, fantastic work!!!! Congrats!
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thank you boggsdoggs!
 
charzing August 09, 2015
Gorgeous photo! Love the color and reflection.
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
It was a gorgeous night that night, would love to go there again one day.
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Ginnie August 20, 2015
OMG This is absolutely breathtaking.
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thanks Ginnie :)
 
bartwebb August 20, 2015
Truly breath taking photo!!love it.
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thank you, it was a night to remember that's for sure!
 
d0nn3112009 August 23, 2015
beautiful!
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
It's a beatiful place :)
 
lito August 24, 2015
Awesome!
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Cheers man!
 
Inspire4More August 25, 2015
Congrats on final best of luck this is a stunning image:)
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thank you :)
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roblawrence August 27, 2015
Amazing and it's Wanaka
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
One of my favourite places in NZ :)
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p_eileenbaltz August 27, 2015
Mesmerizing image!!! Congratulations on being chosen a finalist.:)
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Thanks! Was a mesmerizing night too!!
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KayBrewer August 29, 2015
Fabulous! Congratulations on winning Celebrating Nature. This is one awesome shot with the colors, reflections, long exposure, stars.
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Hey thanks Gracie :) pretty stoked with it!!
 
ianrushton August 29, 2015
Awesome :)
Mike_MacKinven August 29, 2015
Cheers Ian!
 
littleredncryby September 02, 2015
This is amazing! Should have been the TOP WINNER
 
TammyCook September 02, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
 
DavidMossPhoto September 03, 2015
How did this not win peoples choice?
 
Alkemist September 07, 2015
Amazingly Fantastic! Bravo! This is such a great reason to be using a tripod.
 
JulianneBradford September 10, 2015
Winner in my book! Congrats!
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RDVPhotography September 10, 2015
Fantastic! Three finalists in one month, I would say this is a WINNER!!
 
jherydjensen September 10, 2015
how do you make all those stars show up..especially..when using a cp camera?
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kiwidragonfly September 27, 2015
Amazing work. Wanaka never looked so gorgeous.
 
shema September 28, 2015
love the tone in this, superb shot!
 
yanasnisarenko September 29, 2015
FANTASTIC!!!
 
rachmonte October 08, 2015
Other worldly!
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Ledopix October 19, 2015
p-e-r-f-e-c-t!!!!
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VHiggins November 05, 2015
stunning!
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BrunoHeeb February 01, 2016
all-time favorite ,absolutely amazing shot
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ashvijputta February 08, 2016
hello Mikey. I really love your photographs. I am very much interested in astrophotography and have been trying it but with a high iso. I'm not sure as to what settings I need to use on my Canon 7D. Can u please give me the exif of this photo and few others so that I can try them and in due course learn by experimentation in due course if time and maybe get close to you if not as good as you. I consider u my mentor. Thank you. :)
 
YaniDubin February 11, 2016
I love the detail of the birds sleeping in the tree. Is this all from a single exposure / bracket, or has more editing taken place in terms of pulling bits in?
Mike_MacKinven February 17, 2016
Thanks Yani! This is a crop from a larger panorama, nothing has been added, however I have removed my wifes sleeping bag from the beach, looked like a big green slug :)
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nornots February 12, 2016
Breathtaking shot.
 
cherylann_8087 August 12, 2016
I am in awe, so tranquil!
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Pamelabole August 17, 2016
Wow.....so, so stunning!!! Congrats on your well deserved contest award!!! : )
 
dalibormulc August 18, 2016
Awesome image!
 
CWphotos5 August 18, 2016
Simply Awesome!!!
 
Merbert August 18, 2016
Out of this world!!!
Sooo good.
Thanks for sharing
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WillBouton August 18, 2016
This is an absolute masterpiece.
 
CandySmothers August 18, 2016
Stunning shot !! Absolutely beautiful !!
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David_Blakley_Photography August 18, 2016
Glorious photograph of Yahweh's handiwork!
 
jansiepotgieter August 19, 2016
This is so special, Thank you very much
 
MikeHiggins August 19, 2016
A great work of art.
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nornots September 06, 2016
Sensational
 
darylchamlee September 08, 2016
What an Amazing pice of work!!!!!
 
Alkemist September 17, 2016
One of the best images like this ever!
 
medlabtech September 17, 2016
Wow very Nice capture
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SarahCaldwell September 17, 2016
Congratulations! beautiful shot!
 
JenelleM September 17, 2016
love it
 
lindalee September 18, 2016
This is absolutely stunning
 
vickikurasz September 18, 2016
Wow!
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coralea September 18, 2016
I just love this photo. Incredible colours. Congratulations.
 
kathryngrubbs September 19, 2016
Very well done great planning and execution.
 
Mike_MacKinven September 19, 2016
Thanks everyone! I'd love to reply to each and every comment but that may take a while :/ :)
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2001vermont September 25, 2016
WoW! Nice job.
 
rose12 September 30, 2016
EYE CAPTURING JUST AWSOME!
 
Weller95 October 04, 2016
Hey this is an amazing shot, just currious what settings you used to take this photo. :)
Mike_MacKinven October 09, 2016
Thanks! This is a panorama, each shot was 20 seconds, ƒ3.5 and 10,000 ISO
 
ArashMomtahan October 04, 2016
Woderful! Never get tired to see this amazing photo. Great image.
 
salparker October 22, 2016
Actually amazing!!
 
rpdhjja November 12, 2016
Absolute beautiful...
 
rose12 November 12, 2016
I absolutely love this shot wonderful photography!!!!!! :-)
 
Poochbabe November 12, 2016
i am i absolute awe!!!
 
alicedenhollander November 28, 2016
So beautiful! ????
 
Mariamir December 01, 2016
So beautiful
 
sildsa December 03, 2016
Wow! Captivating composition. There's so many thing going on at the same time - I can gaze at it for hours!
 
MLundberg1 January 22, 2017
Praise the living God!
 
forstefany February 06, 2017
Wow. A forest on the edge of time.
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yvonnechristinebannister March 12, 2017
One word WOW. Well done, lost for words ............... Yvonne
 
kimberlynicolethornton March 14, 2017
Amazing!
 
bijayagurung March 24, 2017
Phenomenal photograph my friend
 
httppluto April 02, 2017
This image has blown my mind away. I have no words. Speechless!! Fantastic photo
 
aathitya May 27, 2017
i am in the lite category of viewbug but i would like to give the award "magnificient capture" through this conversation
 
BCErickson July 18, 2017
Beautiful
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ArberElezi July 24, 2017
Awesome
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Jasman2016 August 27, 2017
Stunning!
 
Klk828061309 October 13, 2017
Amazing but it feels like there is just a little to much going on this photo! ????????
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sigurdsundberg November 26, 2017
Wonderful Photo, I love the colors !
 
zanetabiesek December 02, 2017
Awesome photo
 
zanetabiesek December 02, 2017
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vivid_exposure99 January 25, 2018
I love New Zealand! So beautiful... Nice capture! ~Jordan
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Corabelle February 02, 2018
Gorgeous!
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anz200 March 30, 2018
Love it!!!
 
MichelleAnnHarrison March 31, 2018
Gorgeous Stunning
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Hood July 14, 2018
Stunning!!!!
 
shawnbonner August 16, 2018
Great picture how do you get such great pictures like that.
 
Heather_Slj October 14, 2018
Wow
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kayclare Mar 30
So amazingly beautiful.

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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. However, for this exact shot I also used Instagram to give it a more boosted editing effect, and shared via Instagram. Because Instagram used to only have square crop, what you see here is a crop of the original image, which you can see here: http://www.viewbug.com/photo/42247171
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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