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Went out lastnite to try and make use of the good moon at the moment, ended up at a small beach just past Whangamata. My luck held for a change and we had a lovely night with no cloud and the bay was nice and sheltered from the strong wind which was blowing. It was such a beautiful night I stayed out taking photos till about 2am.

This photo is actually 6 6 minute long exposures which I overlayed using the image overlay function in the camera

Nikon D200
17-55mm f2.8 nikkor lens


  • Paul Todd
    Paul Toddabout 5 years ago

    The land sits so delicately in the water! Beautifully smooth from long exposures – a serene and slightly surreal image.

  • Thanks for the comment

    – Paul Mercer

  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdabout 5 years ago

    Top shot mate! Love the trails.

  • Cheers Davo

    – Paul Mercer

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 5 years ago

    This is gorgeous…..what a brilliant capture Paul !!

  • Thanks Sean

    – Paul Mercer

  • tulay cakir
    tulay cakirabout 5 years ago

    fabulouse !!

  • Thank you

    – Paul Mercer

  • Chris Vandenberg
    Chris Vandenbergabout 5 years ago


  • Cheers Chris

    – Paul Mercer

  • Parabol
    Parabolabout 5 years ago

    Wouldn’t think just by looking at this that it’s taken at night, brilliant work :)

  • I like doing night shots that look like daylight, but theres always something in them that will let a careful observer know that its not taken during the day time, whether it be the startrails or the look of the water or the different level of contrast you get when using moonlight.

    – Paul Mercer

  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskiabout 5 years ago

    Cracking image Paul, well done!!

  • Cheers John

    – Paul Mercer

  • Jazzyjane
    Jazzyjanealmost 5 years ago

    This is really beautiful! Well done. Welcome to the Star Trail Photography group.

  • Thank you very much Jane

    – Paul Mercer

  • EOS20
    EOS20almost 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot!

    Welcome to the Star Trail Photography Group

  • Karl Lindsay
    Karl Lindsayalmost 5 years ago

    Love It!

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