Wanaka’s Night Sky

Milky way and Southern Cross.

Milky way and Southern Cross.

Throughout my week in Wanaka, NZ I had a few more attempts at taking some star trail shots, hoping to improve on my previous attempt.  I still haven’t quite worked out out to get the trails as clear as I would like, however I am still fairly happy with the results.

1st night in Wanaka.  I was too lazy to venture away from lights which limited me a little bit.

1st night in Wanaka. I was too lazy to venture away from lights which limited me a little bit.

A few issues this night, including bumping the tripod which halved my trails.

A few issues this night, including bumping the tripod which halved my trails.

I am finding night time photography quite difficult as I am still figuring out which settings I should be using especially when trying to get a good exposure of the foreground without taking away from the sky.  For most of these shots I used and 11mm wide angle lens, 30 second exposures, f2.8 and an ISO between 800 and 1600.

The clouds almost ruined the trail attempt.

The clouds almost ruined the trail attempt.

I was able to shoot a few shots before the clouds completely rolled in.

If anyone has any feedback, suggestions or advice please feel free to comment as I am always looking to learn more.

The lights of Wanaka

The lights of Wanaka

 

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2 responses to “Wanaka’s Night Sky

  1. James, your blog is brilliant. The mix of chat and wonderful photos gives a true feel of what you’re up to. I can’t wait to read more. Enjoy the rest of your time in Oz and hopefully we might catch up next time you’re here. But in the meantime I’ll be reading your blog!
    Xx

    • Thanks Liz. I hope you’re well. I’ll continue trying to deliver some form of quality. It’s always a shame that I don’t have more time in Oz, it’s always a fun, whirlwind trip.

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