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Night Sky over Turk’s Head

Photo: Mark Watson

This shot was taken at 9.53pm on Turk’s Head, near Mt Ionia, looking towards Arawhata Saddle and the mountains at the head of the Dart Glacier. Shooting with the aperture wide open and at a high ISO has allowed the camera’s sensor to draw a lot of light from the sky, revealing infinite stars and a sense of depth. A relatively short shutter speed of 30 seconds and a very wide focal length has prevented star trails and frozen the stars in place.

Settings: Canon EOS 5DMKII, ISO 1000, f/2.8, 30sec.