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Aurora above, bioluminescence below!

 
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Oct 06, 2016 18:07 |  #1

Hi all,

I recently visited Tasmania for a couple of weeks, and one of my goals was to photograph the Aurora Australis. I only had a couple of clear nights, but on the second one I got lucky and was able to capture not just the aurora, but also an outbreak of bioluminescent plankton (Noctiluca scintillans) in the breaking waves :-)

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/MJcX​sV  (external link) Aurora and bioluminescence 1 (external link) by Stephen Mudge (external link), on Flickr

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/MhdF​MW  (external link) Aurora and bioluminescence 2 (external link) by Stephen Mudge (external link), on Flickr

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/MhdG​fj  (external link) Aurora and bioluminescence 4 (external link) by Stephen Mudge (external link), on Flickr

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/LLQv​UF  (external link) Aurora and bioluminescence 5 (external link) by Stephen Mudge (external link), on Flickr

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Myai​DE  (external link) Aurora and bioluminescence 3 (external link) by Stephen Mudge (external link), on Flickr

Thanks for looking!

Cheers,
Stephen


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Oct 06, 2016 19:33 |  #2

Wow, congrats on both seeing it and capturing it so well. I like #3 the best.


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Oct 06, 2016 21:11 |  #3

congratulations job well done I've never seen it was taken from the Southern Hemisphere good job !




  
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Oct 06, 2016 21:19 |  #4

I could be wrong, but I believe you have also captured our nearest galactic neighbor, the Large Magellanic Cloud on the upper left of your shots. Well done!


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Oct 07, 2016 09:15 |  #5

Great shots! So much going on.




  
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Oct 07, 2016 09:50 |  #6

Those are so sweet. Nature > *


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Oct 07, 2016 09:52 |  #7

One other thing...did you see the biolum when you got there, or did the 30s shutter reveal it?


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Oct 07, 2016 16:42 |  #8

Scrumhalf wrote in post #18150364 (external link)
I could be wrong, but I believe you have also captured our nearest galactic neighbor, the Large Magellanic Cloud on the upper left of your shots. Well done!

yup, the LMC is in all pic's
In pic 2 you can also see the SMC above the LMC


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Oct 07, 2016 17:03 |  #9

I've never seen the LMC or the SMC. :( NH skies suck! Some day, I'll make it down under....


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Oct 08, 2016 00:46 |  #10

Thanks very much everyone! Much appreciated.

Here is one more from the same night, taken at the peak of the aurora when some nice red beams appeared.

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Oct 08, 2016 00:51 |  #11

01Ryan10 wrote in post #18150753 (external link)
One other thing...did you see the biolum when you got there, or did the 30s shutter reveal it?

Both the bioluminescence and the aurora were clearly visible with the naked eye, although the colour wasn't detectable just the glow. The bioluminescence was very bright when each wave came in!


Scrumhalf wrote in post #18151091 (external link)
I've never seen the LMC or the SMC. :( NH skies suck! Some day, I'll make it down under....

You won't be able to miss either of the Magellanic Clouds when you come down south... they stand out very clearly!



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Oct 08, 2016 01:34 |  #12

Surreal! Very cool shots.


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Oct 11, 2016 15:52 |  #13

Pretty amazing stuff and looks like a great place to be. I must be getting old, I find the photos on this forum more appealing then the Glamour/Nude forum....when did THAT happen!


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Oct 29, 2016 01:06 |  #14

Where about were these taken?


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Oct 31, 2016 15:08 |  #15

Honestly some breathtaking and inspiring photos. I hope to see more of your photos and I hope you keep posting :')




  
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