220º Island Bay Dawn  by Ken Wright

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Shot at Island Bay on Wellingtons’ south coast, 6.43am, this is about 220º, the houses on the left are on the same road as the lighthouse on the right, this is a seven frame merge in photoshop.

each shot took 15 seconds and about 15 seconds to process, ISO 100, active D-lighting on High, the working file is 967×271mm.

Im sorry that you can’t blow this up big enough to see its true glory, this was magical, took me several pans to get this, the lights to the right on the horizon is the dawn ferry leaving through the heads and out into cook straight towards the South Island.

This is stunning, and it was a magical daw, the sun is coming up between the light spot and the pinck spot, the light spot is shining straight dawn the Hutt Valley were I live and over on the right glowing pink and peach along the Wainuiomata coast.

Shot on a nikon D700, 17-35mm nikkor Lens, ND8 soft grad Cokin filter, tripod.

I now realise that I need to get a dedicated “Pan Head” for my tripod to level the horizon to make the merge better.

All that said, I very pleased with this result.


Hi, Kia Ora from New Zealand, i live in sunny Papamoa in the Bay of Plenty. I have spent the last thirty years taking photos, I love capturing images, especially ones that only I saw, only I was silly enough to get up at that time to catch the sunrise, photography is a wonderful thing, capture an image and you preserve the moment forever, miss it, and its lost forever.

Hope that you enjoy these images.
© Ken Wright, lightwave Photography Limited.

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  • Kevin Bergen
    Kevin Bergenover 5 years ago

    Really stunning! I can only imagine what a larger view would afford.

  • thanks kevin, now added some detail images

    – Ken Wright

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago


  • terugvanver
    terugvanverover 5 years ago

    wonderful night shot

  • julayneluu
    julayneluuover 5 years ago


  • bevanimage
    bevanimageover 5 years ago

    Just superb, Ken! Love the moody lighting, reflections and twinkling lights. You should indeed be pleased with this spectacular result.

  • Jared Revell
    Jared Revellover 5 years ago

    wonderful work Ken, that is a massive effort!

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 5 years ago

    You blow up bridges…and enlarge pictures:) As always your work is top drawer!!

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Superb capture and colors. Splendid work.

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 5 years ago

    Magnificent capture Ken, love the light. What a brilliant Pano. Don.

  • EIysia
    EIysiaover 5 years ago

    beautiful image!

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