On a map, the eastern beaches of Banks Peninsula look so close to Christchurch yet it takes a good couple of hours of driving on narrow, winding roads to get to them. The reward for the stargazer is access to crystal-clear, dark night skies where one can lay back and enjoy the stars for hours. The resulting photograph is a panoramic stitch of 18 images shot at 24mm in a portrait format, centered on the eastern horizon with north at the left and south at the right of frame. The Milky Way core is rising with Jupiter shining brightly through the ocean spray. At the top of the frame are the ‘Pointers’ with the Magellanic Clouds at the right of frame.
- Camera: Canon EOS 6D
- Lens: Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC
- Exposure: f/2, 15s, ISO 10,000
- Aspect Ratio: 3:2