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Church of the Good Sheperd by JacquelineBarkla Church of the Good Sheperd by JacquelineBarkla

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Church of the Good Sheperd under the southern stars (more specifically, under the the Milky Way!).
First attempt at capturing stars - Lake Tekapo, South Island New Zealand.

Church is lit up by just a hand torch. Set the camera for the exposure and made my friend pretty much paint the church in light. He had fun contributing to my photography in other ways then being in front of the camera for once :D

A stunning place Lake Tekapo, home of Mt. John observatory (a working observatory). Stars are as real as you see in the image! amazing night skies, the best you will see! the air quality is very good and most nights are crystal clear without cloud ;)

We visited this church twice, the first night was lovely, the second night (which produced this image) was..a little different..There are still parts of this image which I wanted to improve but didn't want to hang around this church for very long at all! encounted some strange things, odd noises and such. Thought we saw someone, shined the light, no one there sorta thing. Didn't help that the wind was pretty bad and there was no one around (unlike the night before in which it was dead silent with a million people around..getting in my photos and ruining them without realising!). Got to the point it was that dark my camera didn't want to focus any more..took that as a hint! and left :P

Saw an army tank roll on down the street on the way back..as you do :confused: ..weird night.

Edit:Thank you for all your comments! and for those of you curious as to how a sky like this is possible in a township like Lake Tekapo well the answer is that Lake Tekapo is very small and because of the active observatory watching over it there are very few street lights. The ones they do have utilize a special kind of light globe that only emit an orange light (apparently that makes a difference) at a controlled level and are forced down to the ground so there is no light escaping to the sky where it can disrupt the work from the observatory ;)

People asking for tips: Seeing as this is my first attept I can only really relay the tips astrophotographer Fraser Gunn gave me (if you go to mt.John you will meet him, I picked his brains all night! :plotting:).

- No light pollution is top of the list. Obviously a cloudless night is best, no moon too! (the night will be much darker and therefore many stars that are shy can come out and be seen ;))
- Again, include something else in you image besides the lovely sky! adds so much more to the image and gives comparaison. Lighting it up will make for a much more 'balanced' image too.
- Winter is best to capture the Milky Way, it is more 'defined' and bright.
- Longer exposures are better (2-5mins) but unless you want a star trail (2 hrs is his recommend time frame) you will need sort of like a tracking tripod which follows the stars movement. Camera settings will vary. Obviously a wide aperture is best to soak up all that available light and high iso. wide angle to capture far and wide and shutter well, your choice, experiment! I managed a 1min exposure without obvious star moment so it really depends!
^ that's all I can remember for now.

Everyone deserves to see skies like this, save energy, turn your lights off people! :D

30s exposure|3200 iso|f/2.8 ...don't quote me on that I have to check to confirm! :paranoid:


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:iconyori1976:
This is a magnificent image - my hat off to you making such an image at first try.
There is an excellent balance between the night sky and the ground elements - lighting the house with a flash light shows that it is the result of thought and planning, and not luck: you made an excellent image, not just captured it! I never saw sky like that, even though I live in rural area - I guess the air just isn't clean enough here. I also applaud the composition - having just enough substance at the bottom, but relinquishing the urge to use the "rule" of thirds - I think the composition is perfect too.
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:iconmistressvonkuklinski:
MistressVonKuklinski Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  New member Hobbyist Photographer
 Really lovely work!! Heart
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :aww:
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:iconmistressvonkuklinski:
MistressVonKuklinski Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  New member Hobbyist Photographer
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dirtboy45 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this picture.  It is very clear and thoughtful.  It is somewhere I could go to live in peace.
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! and I must agree with you :aww:
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Dreaming-Thoughts Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
It's a joke that this is visible with the naked eye,... right? I have been in dark places before, never seen anything even close to this image. It is absolutely stunning.
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
nope! looks exactly like this! (maybe a fraction dimmer) but if you actually look properly above you this is what you will see :D
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Dreaming-Thoughts Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Good grief... I need to find a desert, because I have looked, it's just never been like this. :)
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VicEberly Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Featured: fav.me/d6scmve :sun:
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reverend23 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
I want to make a comment, but I have no idea what to say. Beautiful, just beautiful.
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow thank you so much! :tighthug:
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carlywilliamson Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013   Photographer
I love it! Glad you had some nice clear skies for this shot! AAAND you met Fraser Gunn, always wanted to have a chat with him - his aurora shots are wicked! Haha the New Zealand Army has a large training range near Tekapo hence the tank rollin' by :)
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :aww: very lucky!! oh you know of him? very very lovely person and very helpful and willing to share his knowledge! would love to go back! oh well that explains everything!! haha thank you :D
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loserkidO Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful:) well captured
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you! :tighthug:
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nightrose0087 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
what camera did you use?
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nikon D3000 ;)
I have a D7000 now but
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:iconnightrose0087:
nightrose0087 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
requested to be added to my Nikon group :)

beautiful photo
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you! :aww:
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nightrose0087 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you are welcome!
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Jsvn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
a TANK?! That is one thing I definitely did not see while in NZ :)

Amazing picture, thanks for providing info and tips too. What was the focal length? and did you do any processing? Sorry I guess you've had tons of questions already...
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
It was very bizarre! haha.

Thank you kindly :aww: most welcome :) I will have to check the specs and get back to you on that one! been a long time since this photo haha. Just standard processing with the levels but thats about it :)
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freddiecruger Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
what body did you use for this lovely photo?
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
A nikon D3000 :) I've since upgraded to the D7000!
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:iconfreddiecruger:
freddiecruger Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
im impressed this isnt taken with a full frame, very nice
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
that is awesome!!!!!!
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks! :)
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MoonshineTora Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I want to ask, can you realy see that much stars at night? And can you realy see the milkyway that clearly? I never saw such a sky in my life, I wish I could see it someday.

This is an impressive photo.
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JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
you can indeed! lake tekapo is home to a working observatory which means the town has special street lights to stop light pollution which are directed to the ground the the skies are clear and crisp and you can see everything and the milky way :)

thank you :heart:
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MoonshineTora Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Thank you for the info! i apppreciate
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:iconarodilen-nu:
AroDiLeN-Nu Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wow, you're into astrophotography too! :+favlove:
Lovely. Just lovely!.
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am very much :aww: thank you so much :heart:
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore this scene! It is really breath-taking! :wow:
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JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you so much! :aww:
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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ssabbath Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
wish to see that in full res :/
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Katzilla13 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
That's incredible! And of one of my favourite places, as well! I love NZ!
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you so much! :aww: one of my fav places too!!
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IVAN-77 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Admirable and very impresionant work... is a great example to follow. Congrats.
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JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you so much for your kind words! means the world :heart:
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Zoomer58 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Incredible shot, Jacqueline! I have yet to see the southern constellations; maybe some day. You might enjoy the northern Milky Way shots in my gallery. Please feel free to visit; given the extent of your photographic talents (not to mention, beauty), I'd be honoured.
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you so much! I will certainly go and check out your shots :) and maybe one day soon I'll get to see the northern sights myself in real life ;)
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graphicbird Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
fab image
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you :aww:
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i-roll-in-the-grass Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
this is so gorgeous. your gallery is stunning!
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you so much! :huggle:
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Art-Elation Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
This is a most wonderful photo! So hard to believe there are so many stars out there. I see that and I can not help but believe we are not the only place that has life. Actually, I know we are not, there is also Neverland!! :)
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JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you so much! :aww: absolutely! the universe is very fascinating :nod:
neverland! :heart:
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arualcat Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Wonderful and lovely :iconbigheartplz:
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JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you :hug: :heart:
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