guiding me home

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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  • Arshad Siddiqui 3y

    genius :)
  • Monalisa Gomes Rodrigues 3y

  • IanLudwig PRO 3y

    Awesome shot.
  • Elaine 3y

    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.
  • Arnold Metsis 3y

    God that's beautiful!!
  • Gianni 3y

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  • Nikita Oscolcov 3y

  • updarw 3y

    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:
    This area is either in or close to the new Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
  • Rodrigo Vieira Rodrigues 3y

  • David Meagher PRO 3y

    Absolutely stunning. Beautiful photo!
  • Bárbara Oyarzún Rodríguez 3y

    Hermoso... a mis favoritos!
  • Franco Carnevale 3y

    Fantastico questo scatto - Fantastic this shot
    Ciao, sono la farfallina in jeans del sognatore e ti auguro uno splendido weekend!
    Hello, I am the butterfly in jeans, the dreamer wishes you a fantastic weekend!
    Polyommatus escherì su petalo di Rosa Canina, Parco Naturale Regionale dei Monti Aurunci, Piana di Sorvello, Lazio, Italia.
  • Timothy Jennings 3y

    Beautiful image.
  • Dawn Woodhouse PRO 3y

    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.
  • Photographically - Mark Forbes PRO 3y

    the epicness....
  • Dave 3y

    wicked shot
  • ₪ Mathieu Pierre photography PRO 2y

    worst picture i ever seen! no i m kidding it's a wonderful picture! what a sky
  • JoeCow 2y

    Such a cool shot!
  • Mathias Kuntze 1y

    Hey Luke,
    it's a really amazing shot :D
    I love this kind of picture. Next year, I will start my travel to new zealand for an half year.

    Is the sky there often so clean?

    best regards
  • Nils Erik Mühlfried 8mo

    I think the shooting star might rather be a satellite. Great shot!
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Taken on April 23, 2012
  • EF17-40mm f/4L USM
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