Sirius and Canopus in the night sky

Sirius and Canopus in the night sky

I captured this astrophotograph near Point View Breaker Bay. Taken at about 10pm at night in early December. With some clouds in the sky, I’d wondered if the camera would capture any stars. With a 15 second long exposure time, the camera captured thousands of stars I couldn’t see with my eyes. The bright star on the left is Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. The one in the upper middle is Canopus, the second brightest.

Floating Braziers at Whairepo Lagoon

Floating Braziers at Whairepo Lagoon

Back in June last year Wellington celebrated Matariki ki Pōneke. The city held a month long series of events. From live music and dance to fireworks and light shows. My personal highlight was here at the Whairepo Lagoon. From Frank Kitts Park looking down on The Albatross Fountain with the lagoon behind. Matariki is the Maori name for a group of seven stars known as the Pleiades star cluster. Matariki appears in the eastern sky sometime around the shortest day of the year. Floating on the water are the Wai Ahi Floating Braziers. These braziers represent the stars of Matariki. On the other side of the lagoon was a stage with live music and dance.

The Rocks, Sydney at night

The Rocks, Sydney at night

Searching the Museum of Contemporary Art of Australia online, I saw a similar photograph. Only taken in the daytime. At first, I assumed it had been captured using a drone. The large building the centre of the image is the museum. On the last day of my trip, I took a lift next to the train station. It took me up to the pedestrian walkway alongside the Cahill Expressway. Walking about 100 metres along it from above Circular Quay station. I ended up on a bridge right over George Street looking over The Rocks area of the city. Watching the cars moving below me I wanted to return at dusk. Due to the heavy highway traffic close behind me and the narrow walkway. It was hard to keep the camera still a long enough exposure time to capture the light trails from the traffic.

Darling Harbour at night

Darling Harbour at night

Standing on Parmont Bridge gives a great view of Darling Harbour and the Ferris wheel. This was taken in the evening so there was more movement in the water from wind and water taxis. The building on the left is the ICC Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Sofitel Hotel in the middle and Harbourside Shopping Centre on the right. Originally I wanted to capture the full reflection of the Sofitel building on the water but decided to focus more on the ferris wheel’s reflection. Using a 5 second long exposure time when the wheel was moving makes it almost look like a ring of light. Behind the wheel and the glass roof of the shopping centre is the Novotel hotel.