This a retrospective post from a trip last Winter with a keen crew of starscape chasers. I was called to step into the role of safety but keep my camera on it’s tripod and pointed at the view.

We stayed for three nights hopping from Barron Saddle Hut to Plateau Hut and finished at Tasman Saddle Hut. It was bitterly cold and we had a pretty exciting open Bivouac to stake-out and capture timelapses of stars and the alpenglow. It’s always great to get into Mount Cook National Park but even more of a bonus to get paid to take photos and keep the guys safe.

Tips for stars, aurora and general night photography;

•Always shoot RAW!!!

• Shoot when the moon is crescent or below the horizon

• Get Solar Monitor App for your phone and hope the sky is clear when it tells you there’s solar activity

• Auto-focus on the distant horizon while it’s light. Tape off the focusing ring, switch off auto-focus & wait until it’s dark.

•Try 3200 ISO, f2.8 or so, 15-20 seconds – more will start the stars trailing.

•Add weight to your tripod especially if it’s breezy. shelter it completely by building a wall or pitching your tent if it’s howling.

•Use your histogram, make sure all the information is in the graph. DO NOT TRUST THE LCD SCREEN!

This is also the first shared blog post from, testing, testing…

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