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Tekapo Vortex by Dee-T Tekapo Vortex by Dee-T
The stars of Lake Tekapo are a wonder to behold!
This image was created from 40 of the timelapse frames I took. From here - I think any more and the trails would be far too intrusive (as it is I think there are already too many star trails).
I've been asked by many (sometimes accused) if these shots from Tekapo are composite images. The answer is no - the lighting on the church is from the town of Tekapo on the right and the stars really are incredible there! If there are any lingering doubters, pay the area a visit :)

The 'reel' of every single shot we took is compiled here in 12 minutes!
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Schellah Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing *-*
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Zelma1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
you've been featured here - [link] :)
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Dee-T Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
thanks for the feature;)
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Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great!
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this wonderful shot in my collection of awesome landscapes![link]
Thanks for sharing!
I hope you will enjoy and agree!
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Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
thanks for the feature :)
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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My pleasure!
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012   Photographer
Really interesting geometry and beautiful color contrast.
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O-Gosh Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
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foureyes Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Surreal image :eyepopping:.....I love it :love: :+fav: :love: enjoyed the reel very much, GREAT job :highfive:
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:icondee-t:
Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
thanks for watching the reel :)
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dev-shooter Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice thing :D
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Digital-Blend Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Great work and patience on this!
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crushedtulips Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Just... wow.
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Ahmet-ER Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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good one
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012   General Artist
amazing shot mate!
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:icondee-t:
Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
thanks again Dan!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012   General Artist
welcome :nod:
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Trashins Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work!
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DennisChunga Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
stunning work my friend!!! beautiful!!
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Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
thanks dennis!
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momokamisama Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist
awesome! this reminds me of Van Gogh's starry night. Very nice! :)
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:icondee-t:
Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
that'd be cool if I could get the stars like Van Gogh's hehe
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Very nicely done :)
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DanielleMiner Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow
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dragonsong17 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, cool ~ I just learned about this in astronomy! This looks awesome!
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Jay-Jackson Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I was there in May this year, it was absolutely freezing!

The lake and trees in the surrounding area are beautiful but I have to say the church itself is overrated. The light is very good because of the lack of pollution thus the observatory nearby. Shame about all the tourist buses but I guess it makes it more rewarding we you capture an image like this one.
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Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
definitely! for a pure landscape point of view, I was telling my wife, I'd have rather spent the extra time at Mount Cook - but, it was great to see what the fuss was all about !
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He11oWorld Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I believe you! I was here last November and would absolutely love a chance to go back and REALLY capture those southern hemisphere stars over an island with so few large cities.
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Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
yep, such pure skies :)
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BorisMrdja Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great image all together.

But I would really love to see this with "a vinyl" back drop (3h+ startrail)
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:icondee-t:
Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I have 90 minutes worth of footage I could play around with!
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LadyLyonnesse Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
This is wonderful and I think you have captured an amazing series of star trails. Definitely not too many!

You are so lucky to have great situations for foregrounds. Here in southern Ontario, Canada, all we have is trees and fields! There is almost nothing outside of big cities that would be considered 'interesting'.

Thanks for sharing.
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Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
definitely blessed :) even with Adelaide's 1 milliion, light pollution goes for such a long distance
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LadyLyonnesse Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I was reading an article about foregrounds for night time photography. I have no idea where this chap was based, but his suggestion was to find an abandoned temple!! Never find one of those where I live!

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Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
haha, hmm I know of none around here too :P
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
No doubter here :no: Ambient light is a wonderful thing in certain situations such as this. I say, "well done!" :clap:
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:icondee-t:
Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
thanks ;)
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
You're welcome :)
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CangKong Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
wow~~~amazing!!
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adeeperkindofslumber Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Great technique. Very good.
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grishnak-mcmlxxix Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!!! really breathtaking picture
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DOODERFUZZ Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
At first I thought this was an impressionistic painting!Wow this so beautiful,such a" Starry Starry Night"!
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:icondee-t:
Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Van Gogh wins on the surreal front lol
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Donald-I Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
That photoreel was astounding
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Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
thansk donald - glad you liked it !
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nikovoyages Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Photographer
nice shot :D
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iMoushi Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
So the light on the church is from the distant light of the town? Because I know to take pictures like this it needs to be absolutely dark, or it will blow the film out. I'm not a doubter or anything, its a beautiful image the light is just throwing me off
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Dee-T Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
definitely - I couldn't really see anything without the torch from where I was taking this
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