Myself and another Rotorua photographer were commissioned by Skyline Rotorua to take an astro photograph of Matariki (the Pleiades) constellation.
For many Polynesian groups the appearance of Matariki (the Pleiades), a pretty star cluster in the constellation of Taurus, towards dawn (late May in Aotearoa – New Zealand), marked the beginning of the New Year.
Matariki is the small cluster of stars just above the wheels on the chairlift tower to the left.
A 6x portrait photo panorama, stitched and processed in Lightroom CC.
I was honoured to be awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the artistic section of the 2015 Harry Williams astrophotography competition for this photo in early October 2015.