Night Sky Panoramas
Ever since I started photography and saw some panoramas of the night sky, I’ve always wanted to try it out. My time in New Zealand has been perfect for this. What a treat!
I’ve spent an entire night with a friend of mine, shooting the Milky Way, at the beginning of the season. The next day at work was a bit difficult, after getting only 30 minutes of sleep on the ground…
What a night! One of my favorite night sky panoramas to date. Not only was it a beautiful clear night, I also had the opportunity to see auroras for the first time in my life.
What else can you ask for in a camping spot when you’ve got billions of stars above your head? I was really happy that my parents and brother got to enjoy the New Zealand night sky.
After months of wanting to shoot at this location, I finally managed to do it. I stayed three nights, hoping for clear skies. I got two clear nights out of three! This panorama was taken on the first night.
Another clear night in Milford Sound, of course I’m going to shoot the Milky Way! This panorama was taken on the third night I spent there.
My decision to stay one more day in the area to enjoy a clear night sky paid off and I managed to shoot this panorama with a hint of aurora.
I wanted to shoot at night at this location for months. I finally got the time off from work to do it. It was a little unsettling to be absolutely alone in that valley in total darkness.
Another panorama taken on Mount Sunday of the famous valley known as the Rohan, or Edoras in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The moon was rising behind me, illuminating the mountains on front of me.
I absolutely love the colors on this panorama, with the green and red on the sky. There was some lightning happening all around us, far away in the distance.
This is the first panorama I’ve done with the moon out. It was rising behind me and I ended up really liking the way the landscape was lit.
This first panorama I did during an entire night out shooting at Mt Cook NP. Mount Cook is on the very right and Mount Cook Village is on the left, buried in the fog; which fortunately disappeared later on.
When you spend nine hours in the cold New Zealand winter to enjoy the Milky Way, you know that you are passionate. On this panorama, Mueller Lake is visible, as the fog had lifted up.
A panorama taken on the south shore of Tasman Glacier Lake. Those icebergs floating around in the middle of the reflection are magical. There was also a lot of airglow in the sky that night.
You know you’re in a great area for night sky photography when you can drive just five minutes away from your home and capture the entire arch of the Milky Way so clearly.
The rising Milky Way at Lake McGregor, near the famous Lake Tekapo. I really liked the reflection as well as those boats on the shore.
One of my first panoramas of the Milky Way, so it’s not the best. But this image totally represents New Zealand : incredibly night sky, snow capped mountains and lakes.
My first panorama of the Milky Way ever, as I was stuck in a campground outside of Twizel because my van wouldn’t start anymore. It was freezing, but I can’t complain about the view.
I really liked the texture of the ice on the surface of Loch Cameron, which still allowed for some reflection. There was also a lot of airglow, making the sky incredibly colorful.
Another take at a Milky Way panorama at this location and this time I got a beautiful reflection. I tried later that night to have the full reflection but the core of the Milky Way was then covered with clouds.
This was the last panorama of my first winter in New Zealand. At the time, I wasn’t sure if there would be more. It was taken just after the moon had set.
Another colorful night in the Twizel area, part of a Night Sky Reserve in the South Island. I loved being able to drive for ten minutes out of town, only to be able to enjoy a view like this.