The Church of the Good Shepherd under the Stars


For you camera nerds (Like me!) here is the EXIF: ISO 5000, 16mm (prime fisheye), Nikon D800, f/2.8, 25 second exposure. Remember that you can always see this EXIF info yourself by clicking through on SmugMug then clicking the little “i” to see more.

I don’t do HDR with night shots like this… there is too much star movement… and I’m not sure it would add too much. You can still get a ton of light and color (especially in a place like this) with just the RAW file.

Daily Photo – The Church of the Good Shepherd under the Stars

This is one of The Darkest Skies in the World. You may find this snippet interesting: “A delegation from the country has successfully petitioned UNESCO for the protection of ‘sky-scapes’ as well as landscapes under their World Heritage system, in order to see the status granted to the air above Tekapo and Aoraki Mount Cook.”

If you ever get to this place, you’ll be so shocked that you can see this with the naked eye! It’s certainly worth a visit…

The Church of the Good Shepherd under the Stars

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-04 21:38:24
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/2.8
  • ISO5000
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programmanual
  • Exposure Bias

  • What a location. KHut’s version is also truly jaw dropping. I rarely feel envy, but I admit to being envious of that group the night you all took these shots. Beautiful capture Trey.

  • susan ratcliff

    So awesome – and beautiful! How fitting this is the Church of the Good Shepherd – one of your best! 🙂

  • Incredible!

  • Casper van Zyl

    Awesome,Looking at the plant life the wind must have been a menus. Love these old buildings and the stars, as if the Heavens have opened and the old Church is ascending.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Beautiful photo as always, Trey!!!! Have a great Wednesday!!!

  • Hi Trey, is there a special Time of the Year or do you really see it all over the year? Do you have coordinates for an interested Traveller? Thx!

  • John Foster

    From memory the UNESCO heritage came about because of the concern over possible light pollution, caused by rapid developments in the Lake Tekapo area. The street lighting in particular, with Mt John observatory nearby. The local council then decided to use special street lights and bylaws to protect the special status. – or something like that!!!

  • John Foster

    search ‘Church of the Good Shepard, Lake Tekapo’ on google earth of Treys apps should have it.

  • THX

  • Dermott Renner

    Better place to see it is on top of Mt John just out of Tekapo, there is a road up and a tour at night. It is simply amazing. Of course you cannot see the church from there

  • great shot, did you have to post process a lot of noise out?

  • Trey Super WOW photograph Russ

  • Mark Hobson

    Truly a masterpiece, this would have to be one of your best photographs you have ever captured we’ll done. Is the sky like this all year around ?


  • Tom O’Neill

    I was here about 10 years ago and it truely is amazing. We actually have a very similar image on our site.

  • gavz

    Awesome shot Trey, makes me want to go shoot the stars – thanks for sharing your settings – Gav

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