Don’t forget to look up!


Working the night shift at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak skifield has its perks.

Snowmaker and hobbyist photographer Paul Jones spends his breaks capturing stunning images of the night sky.

Jones, who’s worked up on the NZSki mountain for two seasons, uses long-exposure photography to capture the Milky Way and Aurora in all their heavenly glory.

And the 29-year-old, from Newcastle, England, says the sky seen with the naked eye is just as spectacular.

“The stars are pretty bright up here when there’s no moon,” he says.

“You can see the Milky Way almost as clear as in the photos.

“Even the Aurora is visible as a green haze, it looks a little like first light, but the camera picks it up really well.”

Jones uses a Nikon D7100, typically with an exposure of between 10 and 30 seconds.

“It’s beautiful up here. That’s one of the reasons I don’t mind the 12-hour night shifts.”