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