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The milkyway rising over the south coast of wellington New Zealand

The milkyway rising over the south coast of wellington New Zealand
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Atheights June 04, 2019
Thanks very much, really appreciate it makes all those cold nights worth while 😁
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Tiger777 Feb 17
I am in Love with this. So Beautiful. I am so thankful you caught this moment, amazing!

Behind The Lens

This photo was taken on the wild south coast of Wellington New Zealand. It's a beautiful bitterly cold at times but so worth the freezing nights This coastline is wide open to the southerly winds from the Antarctic. This evening was beautiful and clear but is very rare not to have a strong breeze here. The rocky outcrop where the photo is taken is part of the local seal colony and can be a little difficult to navigate at night with sleeping seals laying all around luckily this spot was reasonably seal free so perfect to setup.
It was around 11pm at the time this photo was taken.
The lighting is all natural
The Camera i use is the Canon EOS 6D, a old camera these day's but still one of the better options for astrophotography until recently. The lens is a Samyang 14mm f2.8 a great affordable wide angle prime lens. Manfroto 055 carbon tripod with manfroto ballhead.
The beautify of the milky way and the stunning coastline. It's a local spot for me so a 20min drive then a 40min walk so a easy darksky spot for getting beautiful viewing of the milky way.
Just raise the shadows and bring the colors up then a unsharpen mask to give a little softness. Really not to much processing the nature darkness of the location helps the milky way pop..
In my camera bag
What's in my camera bag? Two camera bodies, a Canon EOS 6D and a EOS 5DS-R, the lenses i use for astrophotography are all Samyang i use the 24mm f1.4 and 14mm f2.8 both prime lenses and are affordable.. manfroto carbon tripod, and a Dji mavic pro if i want to scout out any spots in the area.
Go somewhere very dark ???? Tripod 1 Camera set to RAW 2 Location 3 Delay or shutter release 4 Frame your shot ! 5 Use lowest F,stop your lens has, the lower number the more light ! Set the delay on your camera for 2sec as to eliminate camera shake and exposure time start at 15 seconds depending on focal length you want to set shutter to be open long enough to capture the scene but not too long to make the star's begin to trail.. the 500 rule works well to find a good shutter time to focal length. Here the milky way rises from east and set's in the west so point yourself east and hit that button. Review your image and adjust accordingly. Just experiment it's a cool way to learn what work's and dosen't. Happy shooting

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