Astrophotography is something I have been trying more in the last couple of years. I’ve always wanted to capture the northern lights or aurora. When I was in Iceland I looked for them but didn’t see them. This year a friend asked if I wanted to go out looking for them in Wellington. I’d seen photographs taken in the South Island but rarely here in New Zealand’s capital. Known as Aurora Australis or Aurora Borealis it’s one of the hardest things I’ve photographed. Even though we knew there was a solar storm and it was a moonless night, we couldn’t see them with our eyes. Only through the long exposure of the camera could we start to see the light display.
Spending a night in the Amora Hotel I captured this view of the Skytower from the balcony. I didn’t have my tripod with me so this was taken hand held. From this height you can only just make out the harbour between two of the buildings. I’d need a drone or at least a room on the top floor see more of the beautiful harbour behind the skyscrapers.
Earlier this year I spent a night on the east coast at Castlepoint. After dark I took the camera and tripod to try and capture the stars. In a previous visit I didn’t get a star photography that I thought was good enough to share. Whilst the sky was cloud free. I wasn’t out late enough and didn’t bring a DSLR, just my small Sony compact camera. The light from the lighthouse is very bright compared to the stars. I could have taken two seperate photographs. One longer exposure for the sky and a shorter one for the lighthouse. I didn’t in this case. The light is overexposed but I wanted to capture the stars. The path up to the lighthouse and the small hill behind being visible adds to the effect of this photograph.
Driving along The Esplanade from Red Rocks, I stopped the car on the east side of Island Bay. You can see Taputeranga Island on the left side of this photograph. On the far right is the main land on the other side of the bay. Along the horizon you can make out the shapes of New Zealand’s South Island on the other side of the Cook Strait. What I like most is the way the rays of light from the sunset fans out into the sky.