Freezing cold, gale force winds and pitch black darkness were all a significant challenge to achieve this photo. This is the Church of the Good Shepherd, at Lake Tekapo in New Zealand. The sky here at night is one of the most stunning and star-filled I have ever seen. If only the conditions were better I would have taken many more star photos, but the wind made it near impossible to keep the camera still for the long exposures, and the cold was turning my fingers to ice.
Taken with the fish eye lens, this photo is looking south, and among the stars one can see the Southern Cross and Milky Way at the bottom, the large and small Magellanic Clouds in the centre, and Orion to the left. The exposure time is approximately two minutes, held open manually with my finger on the shutter release. Stars far from the south celestial pole (eg Orion) show short star trailing.
The only illumination in the photo is from the street and hotel lights to the right, across the river, about a kilometer away.