Stars over Castlepoint Lighthouse

Stars over Castlepoint Lighthouse

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.

Milky way over Red Rocks

Milky way over Red Rocks

Astrophotography, otherwise known as star photography is something I had always wanted to try and New Zealand is a great place to star gaze. This is my first real attempt. My friend James (a very keen astrophotographer) and I went to an event called A Night of Astrophotography with Mark Gee. It is an annual event where world famous (and Wellington local) photographer Mark Gee gets a few hundred photographers to head down to Red Rocks Nature Reserve to point our cameras skyward. You can see the lights from torches on the beach in the lower third of this photograph. Above us was the milk way. Next winter I hope to do a lot more astrophotography.