Paparoa Point Campsite

Kaikoura Coast

Best Night of My Life | New Zealand | South Island | 2015

The night these Milky Way shots were taken was arguably the best night of my life! The conditions were perfect and having only dabbled in astrophotography at home, I was excited by the prospect of getting some decent shots. I’d set up my camera, dialled in the settings required – time for a test shot… BOOOM! I couldn’t believe the results.
BEST. SHOT. I’D. EVER. TAKEN.

    • So needless to say I was excited. My boyfriend picked up on this excitement and decided that it was the perfect time to bust out his long-anticipated surprise. After covertly returning from the camper he asked me ‘Could it get any better than this?’ … no sooner had the words left his mouth we were interrupted by a cheeky, yet terrifying, seal. With my heart in my throat, I squealed and ran back to the camper with camera and tripod in hand. After laughing it off together he encouraged me to keep shooting. I couldn’t refuse. So I reset my gear in a new competition and proceeded to shoot again. A few minutes passed and he piped up again saying ‘It can’t get much better than this, right?’. I replied with the obvious ‘Not really, it’s amazing!’ and turned to find him on one knee with a sparkling diamond rind in hand. Obviously I said YES! Our daughter was so excited and shocked she was speechless for a good few minutes.

      The next morning I got to capture the cheeky, proposal spoiling, seals basking as the sun rose which was a pretty special way to cap off an incredible evening.

Milky Way Core
Kaikoura Sunrise Seals

Composite Image

Kaikoura Coast + Gold Coast Milky Way

This is a cheeky composite image I created for a bit of fun. The foreground was taken along the Kaikaoura Coast but I felt as if it was missing something so I decided to add a Milky Way shot I had taken in my backyard just after the sun had set.


Camera

Nikon D7100

Lenses

Samyang 14mm F/2.8

Tripod

ProMaster FW29T Featherweight

Processing

Adobe Lightroom + Photoshop