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RuwanFonseka July 11, 2015
Well composed.
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Nishant-101 July 14, 2015
Thank you RuwanFonseka :)
 
Shreyans69 August 23, 2015
Nice one
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Nishant-101 August 24, 2015
Thanks Shreyansshah. :)
 
VictoriasPhotographyNYC October 08, 2015
This amazing work. I love all the details you captured between the sky and the church. The stars look like smoke descending out of the church and ascending up to the heavens above.
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Nishant-101 October 08, 2015
thanks VictoriasPhotographyNYC, much appreciated.
 
RuiFarinha_Photography January 01, 2016
Amazing picture!! :)
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Nishant-101 January 01, 2016
Thank you RuiFarinha :)
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bastardcollector March 24, 2016
wow
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bastardcollector March 24, 2016
wow but tell me just alittle about it
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Nishant-101 March 24, 2016
Thanks Rogerallenodonnell, I have mentioned some details about the photo in the description, but I will try to provide the description in detail soon. Thanks again :)
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verity September 02, 2016
AWESOME SHOT
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Nishant-101 September 12, 2016
Thank you Varity
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Beyondtessaseyes October 16, 2016
What a perfect capture!! The lighting is perfect too. Wow!
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Nishant-101 October 16, 2016
Thank you Teresa, appreciate it. :)
 
AliAlzuhair December 02, 2016
Stunning work!
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Nishant-101 December 02, 2016
thank Ali
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Paulacook144 December 03, 2016
Lovely shot. Well seen and taken.
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Nishant-101 December 08, 2016
Thank you Paul. :)
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FredericMONIN December 03, 2016
Magnifique !!
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Nishant-101 December 08, 2016
Thanks FredericMonin
 
KristoffPhoto December 03, 2016
New Zealand
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Nishant-101 December 08, 2016
Skymur, sure it is
 
dianepateyfitzgerald December 04, 2016
lovely well done
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Nishant-101 December 08, 2016
Dianepateyfitzgerald, thank you
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FlorendoStudioArts March 10, 2017
Wonderful light!
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Nishant-101 March 16, 2017
thanks :)
 
JuliaTheunissen March 16, 2017
beautiful
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Nishant-101 March 16, 2017
Thank you Julia
 
httppluto April 04, 2017
Beautidul
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Nishant-101 April 06, 2017
thanks
 
ashleyleazer April 23, 2017
Amazing!! Well done!
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Nishant-101 April 23, 2017
Thanks :)
 
MLundberg1 April 26, 2017
I love it!
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Nishant-101 April 26, 2017
Thank you Mlundberg
 
freew8 June 08, 2017
Outstanding!
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Nishant-101 June 09, 2017
Thanks Freew8
 
FancyPancy August 25, 2017
beautiful hope i can become as good as you !
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Nishant-101 August 26, 2017
Thanks a lot friend. Well keep practicing keep learning and keep shooting. I am still a learner
 
Heartfelt_Photography August 26, 2017
Absolutely beautiful!!!! I love this.
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Nishant-101 August 26, 2017
Thanks friend, it was a kind of the experience altogether while I was there witnessing it with my own eyes
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CPF_Photography September 04, 2017
A stunningly beautiful scene
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Nishant-101 September 05, 2017
Thanks CPF photography, appreciate it mate.
 
susanjmacdonald September 05, 2017
Beautiful!
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Nishant-101 September 05, 2017
Thanks Susan
 
Fairydancer December 23, 2017
Stunning !
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Nishant-101 December 23, 2017
Thanks mate, cheers!!
 
Bea16 January 15, 2018
Wow that’s absolutely beautiful
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Nishant-101 January 15, 2018
Thanks Bae, it was a cosmic moment as well to witness.
 
lewishopkins_ February 11, 2018
How did you get the stars and church in focus? Awesome shot
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Nishant-101 February 11, 2018
Lewishopkins, basically at night I set my lens focal length to the last point before infinity. With 14-24mm everything is sharp anyway unless you are shooting something really really up close.
 
naideneschneider February 15, 2018
First of all, Welcome to NZ, on behalf of us Kiwis I hope you had a fantastic trip! Secondly what an absolute piece of art, absolutely stunning in more ways than one! Thank you for capturing this moment and sharing it with us.
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Nishant-101 February 15, 2018
Hey Naidene, first of all many thanks for such a lovely comment. My sta was wonderful except when I got lost near Mt Cook. You can find the story of it my photo "Half Dry Lake". Altogether the trip was fantastic and fascinating. Just missed out on milfred sounds though. Thanks a ton again, cheers!!
 
ninanedelcheva February 24, 2018
Perfect
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Nishant-101 February 24, 2018
Thanks Nina
 
elfridoX March 22, 2018
Mind blowing.
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Nishant-101 June 06, 2018
Thanks mate
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samanthawilson25 May 07, 2018
Amazing photo....absolutely love it!
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Nishant-101 June 06, 2018
Thanks Samantha
 
wanderlustcapturesx97 May 08, 2018
Love this!!
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Nishant-101 June 06, 2018
Thanks
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marcbaechtold May 13, 2018
cool photograph with nice details and good contrasts, keep shooting!
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Nishant-101 June 06, 2018
Thanks mate, I will
 
Amazing composition!!!
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Nishant-101 June 06, 2018
Thank you
 
paulakeeganhamlin October 11, 2018
This looks more like a painting ( ironic because usually people paint from Photos ) But very moving! As if someone just died in the small house and his soul is going upward! Love it!
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Nishant-101 November 06, 2018
Thanks Paul, I have received a similar feedback about this picture in the past too, perhaps it does have that feel, thanks though
 
Donna9 November 04, 2018
WOW WOW WOW
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Nishant-101 November 06, 2018
thanks Donna :)
 
LucDL November 14, 2018
Everything in this picture is right!
Colors, light, framing ...... just lovely!
 
emmastamper December 28, 2018
Breath taking! What camera do you use?
 
Amazing photo, wow
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tmlakshmi Apr 08
it is time you get the grand Jury prize for this awesome shot

Descending Heaven



This image is from my recent trip to NZ. A portrait of milky way perpendicular over the Church of Good Shepherd. I did not do much changes to the image as I was...
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This image is from my recent trip to NZ. A portrait of milky way perpendicular over the Church of Good Shepherd. I did not do much changes to the image as I was quite happy with the original image itself. This is a one single exposure.
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Contest Finalist in Around the World Photo Contest By Discovery
Contest Finalist in My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 1
Contest Finalist in Faith Photo Contest with Scott Jarvie
Contest Finalist in Stars Photo Contest
People's Choice in Greatness of old churches Photo Challenge
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Behind The Lens

Location
I shot this image at lake Tekapo, NZ. This is one of the most famous tourist destinations in South Island. The Church of good Shepherd is active and probably one of the most photographed churches in the world.
Time
This was at around 23:00 when most of the tourists have left except the photographers and their friends who were still there to witness the milky way show. Luckily the sky was clear that night and milkyway was out and about with crystal clear sky.
Lighting
Since this church is hardly 200 meters away from the town, it was lit by the town lights. However, I was able to capture the milkyway with no problems, the foreground was highlighted from the town lights and the approaching cars every now and then. The formula there was basically to work on your composition and then keep shooting until you get a clear shot. It is not easy as there is always someone in your frame that is why you have to keep taking photos until you get that one photo.
Equipment
I used Nikon D810 E with 14-24mm lens on Gitzo explorer tripod and a remote to trigger the shutter.
Inspiration
I did my research before leaving for NZ. I had this one on my agenda as well. I had seen most of the photos shot during the day and many at night. I was happy with this composition where the milky way was perpendicular right above the church.
Editing
I did not do much changes in the photo as I was happy with the raw image itself. I increased the contrast in the sky and sharpened the stars a little. Other than that some color balance and finally cropping.
In my camera bag
I carry 2 cameras and 4 lenses which are: Nikon D810 (FX) and D7100 (DX), Nikkor AF-S 14-24 and 24-70mm f2.8 G ED lenses, Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 G ED VR II lens and the last one which I rarely use is AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm 3.5-5.6 zoom lens. I carry Nikon SB 910 speedlight which I have recently bought for my studio photography. I use a Gitzo Explorer series II tripod with Gitzo series II Magnesium off-centre ball head. For shutter release I use Hahnel Giga T Pro II remote control. For Filters I use Hoya circular polarizer, Hoya and Tiffen 10 stop ND filters and a hoya GND 3 stops filter. I also carry 2 shade 10 welding glasses which fits my 18-105 and 24-70 mm lens. I also carry a 3rd party remote for D7100 and last but not least 2 torches 2200 Lm zoomable CREE led and a normal led light that fits on the head.
Feedback
To capture something similar, you definitely need a dslr camera, a wide angle sharp lens and a tripod. Other than that, remember to wear a warm jacket as it gets really really cold there at night. And finally, keep shooting until you get a few shots you are satisfied with.

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