The Milky Way over Queenstown

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Daily Photo – The Milky Way over Queenstown

Tom and I went up to the top of the gondola a few days ago to get some shots of the stars. The sky was clear and we were lucky!

I made this with the fisheye lens and then did the lens correction on it. A bunch of stuff ended up getting cut off, but only I know that… It bothers me because there was some other awesome stuff! But since you don’t know what you’re missing… well I hope it is just good enough. :)

Queenstown, New Zealand Stars

The Milky Way over Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/2.8
  • ISO1250
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programmanual
  • Exposure Bias

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  • John Foster

    this is very cool, the best I’ve seen from the gondola, cheers

  • Trey Ratcliff

    thanks! :)

  • Roy Booth

    Great shot Trey. Could you see the Milky Way with the naked eye or was it just a long exposure that picked it up. What length of exposure did you need to use to get the Milky Way visible ?

  • Casper van Zyl

    What a beautiful sky,another crisp picture,well done.

  • Kris Koeller

    Very cool. Well done.

  • Josh Bryant

    I love how that cloud is “sitting” on top of the mountain and how the city lights lead your eye to the cloud and the Milky Way. Very nice capture.

  • Sam Sawyer

    From SmugMug photo info – ISO: 1250, f/2.8, 20s, 16mm, D800

  • susan ratcliff

    Awesome – wow – you really get to see the stars there! :)

  • Brently Loe

    I would be interested to see the photograph pre-corrected. I’m curious as to how severe the “fish” effect distorts the landscape. Is the correction necessary to provide a sense of reality?

  • Gwen Shannon Taquet

    The stars really are incredible here – just amazing how you captured them in this shot. By far the best gondola photo I have seen. Love the green light on the water in the corner too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! :)

  • Trey Ratcliff

    I thought about keeping the before- but then I got distracted ! :(

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks Sam! :)

  • Tyler Hutcherson

    That cloud in the middle of the frame is freaking awesome! I seriously want to go jump on it like a trampoline

  • Mike Jacobs

    Beautiful. Light pollution does not seem to be a problem there. Lucky if I can see the moon here in Ohio. ;-) I will have to make a stop there when I visit Queenstown. What time do they close the Gondolas? Or can you drive take a taxi there?

  • Nomad Travel

    Not an easy photo considering that the long exposure for the milky way could overexpose the city lights!

  • Madhu

    Awesome pic, the restaurant up there might have been an great addition to the pic too! ;)

  • Bryan Steffen

    Great shot Trey! Was this a single 20 sec exposure or did you do a multiple exposure set to grab more color? I love the subtle color changes your able to grab of the sky as it graduates up to the blues at the top of the frame.

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