The Monday Extract: Photographing the land of the long white cloud when it’s dark

A selection of images taken at night by Wellington photographer Grant Sheehan in his new book The Night Watchers.

Feature image: An Aurora Australis to the South throws a red and yellow tone across the rising Milky Way near Tekapo.

Nikon DF, 14-24mm lens at 14mm, F2.8, 3200 iso, 40 sec;

Mangungu Mission House overlooks the Hokianga Harbour under a full moon and a spear-shaped cloud.

Nikon D810A, 14-24mm lens at 14mm, f/3.5, 640 iso, 6 sec.

Aurora Australis lights up Lake Wairarapa. The lights continued for around 15 minutes and were bright enough for shafts of ionized particles to be visible.

Nikon D810A, 14-24mm lens at 14mm, F2.8, ISO 5000, 20 Sec.

This memorial commemorates the New Zealand soldiers who made the crossing between the military camp in Featherston and Wellington between 1915-1919.

Nikon D810A, 14-24mm lens at 18mm, f/2.8, 3200 iso, 13 sec.

Ziggy Marley performs at the open air Ragamuffin Reggae Festival in Rotorua. Every so often a powerful spotlight would sweep across the audience, creating a strong backlighting effect that exposed a fascinating array of hairstyles and clouds of ganja smoke.

Nikon D7100, 50 mm lens, ISO 2000, f/3.2, ISO 640, 1/50 sec.

Mana Island, viewed from the old wharf at Plimmerton Boat Club, Porirua.

Nikon D850, 14-24mm lens at 14mm, f/2.8, iso 1600, 30 sec.


The Night Watchers by Grant Sheehan (Phantom House Books, $165) is available at Unity Books.

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