Aurora from Wellington

Aurora from Wellington

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. 

Auckland Skytower at night

Auckland Skytower at night

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. 

Eiffel Tower at night

Eiffel Tower at night

The Eiffel Tower is currently the world’s most visited paid monument in the world. Its also one of the most iconic landmarks. Having been to the top of the tower about ten years ago I was keen to photograph it at dusk. Arriving in the daylight gave me time to look around for the best view. I ended up sitting in this spot for about an hour. On the edge of the Place du Trocadero looking along the Jardins du Trocadero in the foreground. There were hundreds of tourists coming and going. People playing and having their photos taking in the fountains in the foreground. I’m happy how this photograph turned out and enjoyed the illuminations. Due to a copyright of the illuminations this photograph isn’t available for licensing or commercial use.

Notre Dame Cathedral at dusk

Notre Dame Cathedral at dusk

It’s been over ten years since I was last in Paris. So I was very keen to go back to recapture some of the iconic tourist attractions at night. On our first night in Paris I wasn’t planning any photography but it was a lovely warm evening with a clear sky. Notre-Dame de Paris (French for Our Lady of Paris) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. There were hundreds of tourists in this square in front of the western facade. A couple of nights later I came back to get some better photographs later in the evening with a darker sky. This first attempt with the dark blue twilight sky is my favourite. That is the moon to the right of the cathedral.