Mark Gee (@theartofnight)

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Galactic Pearl | Castlepoint | New Zealand

On Friday night, I attended the Photographic Society of New Zealand national conference in Lower Hutt as the keynote speaker, and then took a bus load of attendees down to the Wainuiomata Coast for an astrophotography workshop. It was an awesome night and we had clear skies for the workshop which was fantastic!

During my last visit to @bushtops in Kenya, I had a very special experience when I visited the Kakiya Cave and was able to time-lapse the Masai in the cave. They created a fire in the traditional way without matches, and spent the night singing and chatting amongst themselves. We recorded the singing and used it as a soundtrack for this timelapse. The name Kakiya means the place of eating and drinking, and the cave itself has long been used by the Masai for traditional rituals, including ancestor worship and the sacrifice of pure white or black bulls.

Stop, look up and enjoy - our night sky is one simple but amazing thing that’s free for all.

I just got back from 5 days on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand for @theartofnight Astrophotography Workshop at @oramaoasis We managed to get a couple of good opportunities to shoot the night sky, and the workshop attendees weren't disappointed. Great Barrier Island is an official Dark Sky Sanctuary, and has some of the darkest skies in the world! I photographed this image just a few steps from my accommodation at Orama Oasis at 5am this morning 😊

Well what an amazing night it was last night on Great Barrier Island for the @theartofnight astrophotography workshop. We left @oramaoasis around 9pm and didn’t return until close to 3am. The night started off cloudy but totally cleared, and we were treated to amazing stars, reflections and even bioluminescence making the waves glow blue in the darkness. Everyone was really excited and got some really great photos from the night!

The new issue of the @darkskytravels Magazine has just been published, and they have a Special Feature on New Zealand! I was also fortunate enough to score the front cover, with an image I shot during my Great Barrier Island astrophotography workshop last year - there's more info on this years workshop inside the magazine as well, plus a whole lot more astrophotography goodness :) Follow the link in my bio to read the magazine.

Full moon tonight in Wellington, New Zealand

It’s just one month to go before The Art of Night Astrophotography Workshop on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. There’s still a few places left, and it would be a great opportunity to not only up your astrophotography and astro time-lapse skills, but also have some entries to enter in the 2019 Aotea-Great Barrier Astrophotography Competition, which is offering some great cash prizes! And as I’m a @worldpixorg affiliate, I’ll be donating 100% of my workshop fee to the @womensrefugenz so your participation in the workshop will also be going to a good cause. You can find all the details on the workshop here by following the link in my bio.

A few weeks ago just before dawn, I headed out to the @wairarapa in the Wellington Region to photograph the return of the galactic core to New Zealand's night's skies. The Wairarapa has some of the darkest skies in the world, and the Martinborough Dark Sky Society are proposing an International Dark Sky Reserve for the area.

Great Barrier Island off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, is 1 of just 6 Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the World! And I'm pleased to announce I'm going back there in early April to run The Art of Night Astrophotography workshop with my host @oramaoasis and in association with @worldpixorg The workshop is ran over 5 days/4 nights, which gives you the chance to explore the natural beauty of Great Barrier Island by day, and photograph in some of the darkest skies in the world by night. There is a limit of only 10 people on the workshop, so get in fast, as last year places booked up fast! And seeing I'm doing this workshop in association with @worldpixorg , I will be donating 100% of my workshop fee to the @womensrefugenz Follow the link in my bio for more details on the workshop.

Moonset This Evening | Wellington | New Zealand

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