Image Credit & Copyright: Mark Gee. Look below for Mark’s links!
To those of you out there breaking into the hobby of night sky shooting there are things you must always remember. Things like; shoot manual, shoot raw, tripod, use a shutter release or intervalometer, take the time to focus, take test shots, find dark skies……..and in this case, don’t be afraid to get creative.
This image was taken early in the morning above Hanmer Springs (from what I hear has some great thermal springs) on New Zealand’s south island in the pre-dawn hours after a long night of shooting. The light in the distance isn’t the morning sun coming to wash away the night, it’s the small town of Christchurch about 130 km in the distance.
The Milky Way spans the night sky, a spectacle as always for anyone willing to have a look. The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy 160,000 light years away hangs on the sky almost like a sticker on a window. All of it, caught in the reflection off of his car which sat patiently, ready to provide some heat and a nap when ready.
Just a beautiful image in every way and congratulations to Mark of the fabulous capture!
Mark Gee Photography: http://theartofnight.com/
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+MarkGee
Royal Observatory Greenwich 2013 Earth & Space Photographer of the Year: http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/2013-winners/earth-and-space