FRANK HOPFLER

CANON 1300D, SAMYANG F/2.8, 14MM, 20S, F/4, ISO 3200

New Zealand D-Photo - - YOUR SHOTS - /frankhopfler

Frank had en­vis­aged this image for a long while, be­liev­ing that the tree would pro­vide a pleas­ing fore­ground for a Milky Way shot. So, one night, when he saw that the clouds had cleared by the evening, he took his chance and headed out to Pau­ata­hanui in the early hours, cap­tur­ing this mag­nif­i­cent panorama look­ing across the Porirua Har­bour to­wards Whitby. The image is 24 shots stitched to­gether in a 180-de­gree panorama. Frank shared this image with a view to pro­mot­ing Earth Hour (which took place on March 24), “Fewer lights would al­low us to see more stars.” While as­tropho­tog­ra­phers of­ten yearn for the dark­ness of places such as the Macken­zie Basin for its awe-in­spir­ing ga­lac­tic views, Frank’s image ac­tu­ally makes use of the much-ma­ligned light pol­lu­tion, suc­cess­fully com­bin­ing the lights of sub­ur­bia with the lights of the so­lar sys­tem.

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