Lake Hawea is located in the Otago region in the South Island of New Zealand. The lake is 35 km long, and at an altitude of 348 metres.
This image was made in my very recent photography expedition to New Zealand in April 2013. This was also my first experience of using my new Nikon D800E with lens 14-24mm f/2.8.
The image shows a magic moment of this location with a super wide perspective (it is much wider than our human eyes in reality): it presents about 220 degrees wide from left to right, and 150 degrees from ground to the sky. While the right side was dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way, the east side (left) mountains were already illuminated by the rising sun.
The image was made from 12 shots using D800E with lens 14-24mm f/2.8 at 14mm focal length - all were taken within 10 minutes before 6am of the local time, then been stitched one by one together in Photoshop.
The camera and lens were excellent, that revealed so many details of the place even in a very dark situation. Processing this image is quite tedious due to very large size raw files. The final image jpg file is over 83 MB with dimension 11646 x 5517.
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