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Mark Gee / 673 items

N 708 B 14.6K C 40 E Jul 25, 2020 F Feb 3, 2021
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I shot this image at Pukerua Bay in Wellington, New Zealand. It's a location I've been wanting to get a shot of the Milky Way sitting horizontally in the sky and nicely composed with the coastal surroundings. Finally late July 2020 around 3am, I managed to get a shot that I was happy with!

Tags:   Milky Way nightscape night photography long exposure Astrophotography New Zealand Pukerua Bay Wellington

N 222 B 7.3K C 19 E Dec 18, 2020 F Jan 19, 2021
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I shot this image a week before Christmas at Cape Palliser in New Zealand. It shows the Cape Palliser Lighthouse with the Orion constellation rising in the north east direction behind it. Cape Palliser is part of the proposed International Dark Sky Reserve in the Wairarapa region, and is an amazing place to view and photograph the night sky with little to no light pollution. Even with the lighthouse in frame, you can still capture amazing clarity and detail of the night sky, and although to the naked eye you won’t see all of the colour details that you do see in this photo, it’s still amazing standing under a night sky it such a dark environment.

The Orion constellation itself features various nebulas including M42 - the Orion Nebula. This nebula can be identified with the naked eye as something more than just a star, and with binoculars, you can see it’s clouds of nascent stars, luminous gas, and dust forming the nebula.

The photo itself was captured on a modified DSLR camera and 24mm lens mounted on a celestial tracker to prevent trailing of the stars with the long exposure. The tracker was then turned off when capturing the lighthouse and landscape. Multiple images with the same framing where captured and averaged out to reduce noise and capture additional details. The final result from that process on the landscape and the sky were then composited together to form one image.

Tags:   Cape Palliser Lighthouse New Zealand Wellington nebula Wairarapa nightscape. astrophotography orion theartofnight

N 63 B 2.3K C 6 E Jun 14, 2018 F Jun 27, 2018
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I shot this image of the Milky Way setting literally 5 steps from my accomodation at Orama Oasis on Great Barrier Island in New Zealand. It's so dark there, especially when the generators stop going around 10.30pm each night. The red glow you can see is airglow, and the bright star in the middle of frame is actually the planet Jupiter.

Tags:   milky way Great Barrier Island New Zealand Orama Oasis air glow astrophotography Great Barrier Island New Zealand Orama Oasis air glow milky way Auckland

N 339 B 15.1K C 19 E Mar 18, 2018 F Mar 28, 2018
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It's officially Milky Way season, and in New Zealand at the moment, you can see the galactic center of the Milky Way rising to the east around Midnight. As the year goes on that gets earlier in the night and will end up towards the west around September/October. I shot this image of the galactic core rising over Breaker Bay in Wellington, New Zealand a few weeks ago. It was certainly one of those perfectly still and clear nights.

Tags:   astrophotography landscape long exposure milky way night sky nightscape Wellington Breaker Bay New Zealand theartofnight

N 50 B 3.4K C 0 E Nov 26, 2017 F Nov 26, 2017
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Stormy conditions return to the Wellington South Coast in New Zealand after a run of perfectly sunny and still weather.

Tags:   landscape clouds ocean rocks seascape long exposure weather stormy coastal Mark Gee Nikon Wellington New Zealand theartofnight D850 NZMustDo


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