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Celestial Vista | by Eden Brackstone
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Celestial Vista

More star-trails!


Although this time with the spectacular landscape of the Wakatipu in sight...

Matthew and I have had great success this week, capturing scenes that have blown us both away. On this particular night, I revisited a special location from my childhood. We called it 'Golden Beach' which looking back was kind of silly given that nothing there was even remotely gold... Oh well, I wont ruin a good story for the facts! Many years ago, my family would spend many nights there during summer cooking sausages on a campfire, and eating off a table made from a large rock. Alas, as my brother and I grew up and we moved away, Golden Beach was forgotten...


Until now! We needed a location where we wouldn't be interrupted, was away from light pollution and offered a good view of the distant mountains. So, 15 years since those memorable childhood days, I was back. At the age of 21 with my camera in hand, I was eager to capture this space in a unique and magical way...




Exposure time was 2213 seconds, and I opted to leave the automatic noise reduction on as a test to see how good it worked... And although it doubles the exposure time, I feel the smooth result is well worth it. This was taken with my 10mm Sigma, and I'm actually quite impressed with how sharp the image is given the extreme wide angle.




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Taken on February 15, 2011