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Perfectly clear conditions and a night out photographing on the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand. The Milky Way was rising to the east, and waves were flowing throughout the tidal pools during my long exposures, producing a soft misty feel that looked rather like ground fog.

For the tech specs - Shot on a Canon 6d and a Canon 14mm f/2.8 lens. Exposure: 30 second shutter @ f/4 ISO 6400
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When primal man first walked this Earth he would have been able to travel by starlight at night. There would have been no light pollution, and the bright galactic centre of the Milky Way would have been an incredible sight to see in the night sky. Thankfully there are still locations on Earth were you can experience this, but with two-thirds of the U.S. population and more than one-half of the European population having already lost the ability to see the Milky Way, it an experience that will be missed by many.

For more information on the negative effects of light pollution, check out the +IDA - International Dark-Sky Association Google+ page, or their website at

This image is a single exposure with the shutter fired remotely from where I was standing. Canon 6d, Canon 24-70mm lens at 50mm focal length - 20 second shutter @ f/4 ISO 6400

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Today is Earth Day - it's a day where we celebrate our own planet, and a day where we think about giving back to the environment and trying to make a difference for the future.

I've had the opportunity to travel to many amazing places around the world, and have seen nature at her very best. So today I thought I'd share a picture from one of my favourite places. It is the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve comprised of the Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin area in New Zealand. It's a place I visit a few times a year, and it feels like my second home when I go down there.

So feel free to share an image from one of your favourite locations on earth in the comments - it's doesn't have to be a night time shot either.

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A recent Q&A I did with the Dominion Post Newspaper in Wellington, New Zealand.
Weta Workshop special effects artist Mark Gee took up astrophotography after being inspired by the spectacle of the Wellington night sky.
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This short film, 'City Lights To Dark Skies' was my contribution to last years International Dark Sky Week. I'm reposting it again, as International Dark Sky Week for 2015 is on right now. I spend a lot of time photographing the night sky and have seen many of the negative effects that light pollution can have. So I thought one of the best ways to educate people about light pollution would be to show them the difference between a light polluted city sky and a dark sky with little or no light pollution. I used time-lapse photography to demonstrate this, and spent many hours in different lighting conditions capturing the footage.

I recommend you to go check out the +IDA - International Dark-Sky Association  You can access their website at and also the International Dark Sky Week webpage at Here they have a lot of information on the effects of light pollution, and what can be done in your community to combat it. And during International Dark Sky Week, do yourself a favor and head out of the cities for some star gazing. It can be a truly humbling experience, especially if you haven't done it before. It's certainly a release for me from every day life...after all, life without dark skies - you don't know what you are missing...

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Thanks Mark for this wonderful art.
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+Mark Gee shooting the stars, stay tuned for upcoming tutorial about how he captures shots like this.
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When I go out photographing the night sky, I tend to spend a lot of time looking up trying to get my head around the vastness of space…it's really is incomprehensible when you think of how big space really is so I thought I’d list a few facts with this photo.

- The nearest star to our own Sun is Proxima Centauri, and that is 40 trillion km away.

- The Large Magellanic Clouds, which is can be seen near the centre of this photo, is an irregular dwarf galaxy 158,200 light years from earth. Now light travels at 300,000km per second, so you can just imagine how far away the Large Magellanic Cloud is when light travels that fast for 158,200 years…and that is a relatively close distance compared to the scale of our universe!

- The visible universe stretches out to around 13 billion light years from earth and contains around 100 billion galaxies. And each one of those galaxies contain around 100 billion stars - that means the visible universe contains something like 10,000 million million stars. And if you want to attempt to even put that into perspective…well basically there are more stars in the visible universe than there are grains of sand on our earth!

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I've been working on capturing a lot of time-lapse footage for upcoming projects lately, so I thought I'd give you a sneak peek of one of the time-lapses.

I had done a photo in the past of the Milky Way reflecting in my car as it rose above the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand, so I thought I'd have a go at time-lapsing it. The result was better than I expected so I thought I'd share it with you today.

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The Tasman Valley in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand, is an amazing place to visit by day, but once night falls, I can honestly say it’s one of the most amazing night skies you will ever see. I recently spend a night under the stars there above the glacier lake. It was a spectacular view looking down the valley, especially when the Aurora Australis lit up the sky to the south. The bright band of the Milky Way spanned overhead from east to west, and there were so many shooting stars that night, I lost count - it was certainly one incredible night under the stars to remember!

This 305 megapixel panoramic image is made up of 42 photos (7 columns x 6 rows) stitched together to create the final image. Each image was shot with an exposure of 25 seconds @ F/2.8 ISO 6400

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Awesome shot mark! Love the composition of this image
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Wow what can I say - I organised a free astrophotography event in Wellington, New Zealand last night to celebrate the beginning of International Dark Sky Week which officially starts on Monday 13 April: - I was hoping for at least 20 people, but was totally blown away when close to 300 people turned up!

At the 8pm briefing, things weren't looking great - cloud cover was at 100% and not looking like clearing at all. Then 10 minutes into the briefing, the clouds just parted, revealing the Milky Way above. It was at this point, I felt confident that we may just get some astrophotography and star gazing done...and we certainly did!
The skies almost totally cleared, and everyone on the beach was getting some amazing photos. Then towards the end of the night, the night sky had one more surprise for us, and the aurora australis made an appearance. At one point the aurora was visible to the naked eye, which isn't that common from Wellington...I just couldn't believe our luck!

I really want to thank everyone who made it out to this event - it was an incredible night of astrophotography and stargazing, and I was so happy to be able to share my passion with so many others!
If you were out at the event last night, feel free to share your images in the comments. There will also be a video of the event, so stay tuned for that!

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Sounds like a perfect night. I am happy things went so well. ⭐⭐⭐
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Digital Visual Effects Artist | Photographer
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  • Weta Digital
    Digital Visual Effects Artist, 2003 - present
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Life without dark skies - you don't know what you're missing...

Mark Gee is an award winning photographer & digital visual effects artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked on many high profile and Oscar award winning feature films. His love of the New Zealand landscape is a big part of the inspiration for his photography.

Wholly self-taught, Mark’s style of photography is influenced by his many years of experience in the feature film business, & with an eye for detail he strives to produce creative images of exceptional quality, no matter what the subject. Since he began to seriously focus on developing his photography skills over a decade ago, Mark has continuously worked on improving his craft, thriving on setting the bar ever higher and challenging himself to do better yet every time he sets out to shoot.

While his images portray a wide variety of subjects, in the past few years astrophotography in particular has captured Mark’s imagination and interest. He often ventures out to the darkest, most remote skies all around the country, enjoying the challenge of combining New Zealand’s striking landscapes with the ethereal beauty of the night sky in new, creative ways. This has led to international success with Mark being short-listed in the 2012 & 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year, a finalist in the 2012 World Open of Photography, and 4th place in the 2014 International Earth and Sky Photo Competition, as well as having images published in various books and magazines.

Marks recent short film, ‘Full Moon Silhouettes‘ also gained him international acclaim after going viral online, and has been broadcast all over the world by the likes of CNN, The BBC, NASA and various other main stream media.

In 2013, Mark won the prestigious Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Not only did he win it overall, but Mark also won the Earth and Space category, and the People and Space category which had never been done before in the competitions history.

Since then, Mark has gone onto to sharing his passion and knowledge on the public speaking circuit. One of the highlights of that was his well received TEDx talk in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2014.

Mark’s passion for his craft is tangible in each and every image, & he has enjoyed an enthusiastic response from the public, particularly on his Facebook page, but also on his website, where he offers his work for sale.

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013
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