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Church under stars by neilcreek Church under stars by neilcreek
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.
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carpenocturne Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student Filmographer
"Under the milky way tonight"
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Janszoon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi,

this is a very nice image of the stars from the southern hemisphere.

I added your photo into my favs! :D
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LoadedGuns Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007   Photographer
oh my friggin god!
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Aimelle Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
featured [link] :blowkiss:
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Lilithia Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
My favourite of all your photos. :)


I'm so jealous. I really want to take astrophotography... can they only be taken with SLRs?
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minta Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006
I like it. Especially how those lights curve up one side, I think it adds some fire colour to counteract the blue and makes it look like the tip of a comet with the church trapped inside (when viewed small).
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minta Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006
I like it. Especially how those lights curve up one side, I think it adds some fire colour to counteract the blue and makes it look like the tip of a comet with the church trapped inside (when viewed small).
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omagnas Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006
wow, great job!!
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kitsunesakurano Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it. but I think it would have looked better without the suburban/citylights. it distracts >>
not that I'm a phtographer but it's just what I see

but the stars look amazing
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Teophoto Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006  Professional Photographer
Wow nice lens ;) great shot
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