Milky Way caught on film over Banks Peninsula

Milky Way snapped over Banks Peninsula

SHAHRA WALSH
Last updated 10:31 29/12/2013
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Rob Dickinson

STARRY NIGHT: Christchurch photographer Rob Dickinson's photo of the Milky Way.

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A Christchurch photographer has captured the Milky Way from Banks Peninsula on camera. 

Rob Dickinson shot this photograph from the Port Levy Saddle on Banks Peninsula on Christmas Eve. 

"In the last few minutes of Christmas Eve the night sky was aglow with a beautiful Milky Way," he says on his photo sharing site

His photograph features "an ancient Totara tree and offshore lightning to the south, along with the small and large magellanic clouds" and "multiple satalite meteor trails". 

"It had been cloudy all day but the sky cleared up in the evening, I knew the moon was below the horizon until midnight so headed out to shoot some astro. Port Levy Saddle is a location I've wanted to shoot at night for some time, its a bit of an exciting drive up there in the dark and I had to fight some gusty winds to shoot this." Dickinson said. 

Dickinson is a Christchurch based landscape photographer who specialises in dynamic high impact landscape photography from around the South Island.

In 2011 he became New Zealand Geographic's Landscape Photographer of the Year. 

"I've been into astrophotography for a number of years now, and a landscape photographer for about eight years. I've always been a keen photographer but really got into landscapes when I moved to New Zealand from the UK," he said. 

"New Zealand is fantastic for astrophotography as it has really dark skies, you just need to get away from the cities. You dont have to go far, Godley Head or Taylors Mistake will do ok.  You also need clear skies which have been rather rare of late."

The image was taken on a Canon 6D with a 24f1.4L lens, and is made from a total of 14 individual shots stitched together. Each shot is a 20 second exposure.

For a larger image, see: http://500px.com/photo/55811696

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