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Night sky over the Church of the Good Shepherd | by neilcreek
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Night sky over the Church of the Good Shepherd

You can purchase a fine art print of this photo here.

 

This photo was featured in the Discover Magazine limited edition issue "Whole Universe" as a double page spread. Read all about it in my blog.

 

This photo was also featured in smashingmagazine.com: 60 Beautiful Examples Of Night Photography

 

The weather this day had been unseasonably windy, to the point that the waves on Lake Tekapo even had whitecaps. This near gale-force wind was coming right off the glaciers and cut right through you. It was into this weather that I ventured out in the pitch black night under the spectacular New Zealand sky to capture some photos of the Church of the Good Shepherd by starlight.

 

Rugged up, bare handed, with tripod and kit bag, I looked around for a good spot, and fought the howling winds. I didn’t then have a cable release and I quickly discovered that I needed more than the maximum 30 seconds shutter speed. I spent the next half hour sitting by the tripod as low as it would go for stability, my finger holding down the shutter while I took shot after shot counting to 120 or 240 seconds, trying not to move during the exposure. For fear of getting more exposure than the sensor, I came inside after half an hour. I only got this one decent photo, but it was worth it. It was this experience that lead me to buy a wireless remote shutter release.

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Taken on January 2, 2008