Mount Ruapehu at night, Tongariro National Park by Paul Mercer

Mount Ruapehu at night, Tongariro National Park by 

This was a 37 minute long exposure at night with a near full moon. The temperature was hovering around -8 degrees celsius. I love the way this shot shows all the jagged edges of the crater left by the eruption that transformed this mountain from the cone shaped mountain it once was to the shape which it is today

Nikon D200
17-55mm nikkor lens @ 17mm
cable release


  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful, a grand view

  • EOS20
    EOS20about 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot!

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  • Joykachina
    Joykachinaabout 5 years ago

    Paul..This is fabulous! I hope you don’t mind but I have been trying to capture Startrails on my Nikon D90 without success. I get red and blue dots(noise) all over the exposure. Have tried for up to an hour but with terrible results…I have taken startrails before with my old film camera and had great pics….What was your ISO ??? I really appreciate any help you may suggest :-) Thanks so much Joy Sth Island NZ

  • Sorry it took me a while to get back to you Joy, I somehow must have missed your comment here, I was just going through some of my photos and noticed your question.
    I use the lowest ISO I can manage to get away with, if theres a good enough moon I will use ISO 100, also turn your long exposure noise reduction on, when using the noise reduction dont turn the camera off until the noise reduction has finished (usually takes a similar amount of time as the exposure) also remeber the noise reduction does use up a fair amount of battery power.
    One good tip is try to remember to take the lens cap off when doing long exposures, it is surprisingly easy to forget about the lens cap on dark nights when you cant see much, I have done a 30 minute long exposure with the lens cap on, needless to say, it wasnt one of my better photos.
    If you have any other questions dont hesitate to ask, usually I would get back to you much sooner.

    – Paul Mercer

  • jammingene
    jammingenealmost 5 years ago

  • bicyclegirl
    bicyclegirlalmost 5 years ago

    What a fabulous capture!! Very impressive :D

  • Thank you very much bicyclegirl

    – Paul Mercer

  • PC1134
    PC1134about 3 years ago

    How incredibly impressive! I take it not hand held LOL!

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