Lake Hawea

Lake Hawea

Aurora Australis | New Zealand | South Island | 2015

Well I have to admit, this shoot was definitely a happy accident. We had set up camp for the night next to Lake Hawea, in New Zealand’s South Island. The conditions were looking good for an astro shoot so I decided to setup my gear after dark.

    • I was facing where the milky way was supposed to show itself and when I did a test shot I noticed a slight greeny-pink haze along the horizon. Knowing exactly what this could mean, I decided to try my luck at a timelapse sequence in hopes of capturing any Aurora activity over the next few hours. Once setup, I took myself off to bed and let the camera do its thing.

      My alarm woke me at 2am and I snuck out of the camper (as quietly as I could) and grabbed my gear. Plenty of time to look through the shots when I wake up again. When dawn broke, and I’d done my job of making the camper warm enough for the other sleepy heads to roll out of their blankets, I checked the shots. It was so exhilarating to see the colours dance across my camera LCD. The result is what you see in the video, breath taking!

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Timelapse Stills

My favourite picks

Here is a selection of stills from the above timelapse. I particularly like these ones for the shape of the pillars.

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Camera

Nikon D7100

Lenses

Samyang 14mm F/2.8

Tripod

ProMaster FW29T Featherweight

Processing

Adobe Lightroom + Photoshop