Beautiful Marlborough Sounds

If you ever have the chance to visit Marlborough Sounds, take a camera with you. It’s beautiful in any weather, 24/7, 365 days a year!

Marlborough Sounds is located just North of New Zealand’s South Island.  It is easily accessed by boat from Picton.  Picton is a 3-4 hour cruise from Wellington, or you could fly there via Sounds Air in 25 minutes from Wellington.
Marlborough Sounds Summer's Evening

Marlborough Sounds on a Sunny Summer's Day

I wasn’t sure if my larger Manfrotto tripod would make it through as carry-on luggage, so I packed light with a cheap $30 tripod from Dealextreme.  The problem with light tripods is even the smallest amount of shake (from ground movement even through walking!) will manifest in your image.  At these smaller resolutions they look OK, but click on the images to view the camera settings and view the images in high resolution.  These are my first attempts at astrophotography.  What do you think?

Marlborough Sounds Night Sky

M42 (better known as "The Pot" or Orion), according to fellow astrophotographer Greg Stevens
M42 (better known as “The Pot” or Orion), according to fellow astrophotographer Greg Stevens
  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Exposure bias: +2/3EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/40s

Zhi Lee

Award winning NZ wedding, travel and portrait photographer. Creating images for the enjoyment of others really gets me going. It is through photography that I get to connect with people and express a little bit of creativity.