gigapan epic pro

Breaker Bay by Night The weather has been amazing in these parts lately, and since Milky Way season is in full swing, I thought I head out to the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand to see what I could photograph. I had a French film crew in town who was shooting a doco with me, so I invited one of them out with me that night. We arrived at the location just above a place called Breaker Bay, and could see the Milky Way spanning right across the sky from the east to the west. I set up a 220 degree panorama which I shooting on a Gigapan Epic Pro. The whole pano took around 20 minutes to shoot, so we just stood back to the right of frame and enjoyed the night sky above.

“Note To Self”, by PaulWilsonImagesNZ

I was at this spot the previous night shooting, Lake Coleridge, NZ- a 2 hour drive from Christchurch. I had to go back the next night as it was so beautiful. This time I remembered my waders! No cold wet legs for me! I probably wouldn’t have taken this selfie without them on, I had to stand still in the water for 10 minutes while the gigapan and camera shot the frames. I have hundreds of images to process from 4 days and nights shooting, I got about 10 hours sleep total. Gear: Canon 6D, Gigapan Epic Pro, Samyang 24mm Settings: 20s, ISO10k, f3.5 Process: Developed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom​, stitched with Kolor Autopano Giga​, processed in Adobe Photoshop​. Warm Sundowner Jacket from Macpac​.

“The Wainuiomata coast near Wellington, New Zealand is rugged and exposed, but also very picturesque. On a perfectly clear night in March, I hiked the 3.5km with my camera gear out to Baring Head, where I set up overlooking the beach and the Wainuiomata River. The Milky Way was stunning this night as it rose towards the east, and the sky was tinted green with air glow as the distant galaxies of the Magellanic Clouds hovered above.

This image is a panorama made up of 24 images stitched together, and was shot on a Epic Gigapan Pro panoramic head. Each image had an exposure time of 25 seconds at f/2.8 ISO 6400, and was shot on a Canon 6d with a 24mm focal length.

The Art of Night - The Photography of Mark Gee”