Mitchell’s Cottage Galactic Aurora – Andy Davey


Aurora Australis with Milky Way setting over the Kopuwai (Old Man Range) and the historic Mitchell’s Cottage.

This photo is quite special to me. All my previous astro photos I had taken were decidedly average and I could not work out why. A text conversation that night with Paul Le Comte, who was out on the Otago Peninsular at the time taking his own Aurora photos, enlightened me to as to what error I was making. Set your iso to max and aperture to widest. Seems obvious now, but I had been reluctant to do that thinking result would be too grainy.

Another memorable note about this evening was that I was joined by my son Matthew for the shoot. Credit for cottage lighting must go to him.

It was also this shot which launched the whole Winterstellar project. Being very pleased with myself, I took it into Central Stories Museum to see if they could help me sell it. I walked out of that meeting having agreed to curate an astrophotography exhibition. Still not sure how that happened!


Camera Settings

Fujifilm X-A3
ISO 6400
f3.5
20 second

Sale Details

$750 (inc GST)