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The clear skies around Lake Pukaki enabled me to shoot the rising Milky Way. I saw these trees on the horizon and decided to use them in the composition. With the camera pointed skyward the trees have a slight perspective distortion, appearing to bend toward the Milky Way. I tried to line the gap in the trees with the stars, which led me to the image title. The shooting star really caps this image off.

I'm not sure what has caused the yellow glow on the horizon, I thought it could perhaps be the glow of the sun setting further over the horizon, however this colour was barely perceptible when I was taking the image.

Canon 5D Mark III | Canon EF 17-40L @ 17mm | ƒ/4 | 30 sec | ISO3200
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  1. fashionista5120 23 months ago | reply

    That is fantastico!!!!!

  2. Silver Orchid 23 months ago | reply

    Stunning Work!...

  3. IanLudwig 23 months ago | reply

    Awesome shot.

  4. loobyloo55 23 months ago | reply

    Stunning photo!!
    I am told that NZ's South Island is the best place in the world to see the stars. When I was in the North Island back in 2003 up in the Bay of Islands I thought the skies were amazing there.

  5. Arnold Metsis 23 months ago | reply

    God that's beautiful!!

  6. jonnyamerica 23 months ago | reply

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  7. updarw 22 months ago | reply

    Would the glow be zodiacal light? It is hard to tell whether it is on an angle along the ecliptic in this photo, but it is described as being distinctly yellowish. See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bortle_Dark-Sky_Scale
    This area is either in or close to the new Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

  8. David Meagher Photography 22 months ago | reply

    Absolutely stunning. Beautiful photo!

  9. Bárbara Oyarzún Rodríguez 21 months ago | reply

    Hermoso... a mis favoritos!

  10. sognatore58 21 months ago | reply

    Fantastico questo scatto - Fantastic this shot
    Ciao, sono la farfallina in jeans del sognatore e ti auguro uno splendido weekend!
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  11. Dawn Woodhouse 18 months ago | reply

    Very nicely labelled too! I see you did not do that but its great anyway.

    The pictures beautifully clear. I noticed that myself, that a camera catches colour on the horizon long after its barely perceptible to the naked eye.

  12. forbaz 17 months ago | reply

    the epicness....

  13. ₪ foIken 12 months ago | reply

    worst picture i ever seen! no i m kidding it's a wonderful picture! what a sky

  14. JoeCow 10 months ago | reply

    Such a cool shot!

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