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!

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.


Nikon D7100


Samyang 14mm F/2.8


ProMaster FW29T Featherweight


Adobe Lightroom + Photoshop