Dancer’s turn out better

Where: Taroona Beach, Tasmania

When: 27 March 2017

Equipment: Canon 70D with a Tokina 11-16mm lens

Photo details: ISO 800, 11mm, f/2.8, 30 sec

Editing: Minor adjustments done in Lightroom CC

Notes: The Lady Aurora Australis has been making a show the past few nights. Part of the reason why I’ve been slack in updating my website . . . And boy has she been putting on a show for us! I pulled up at the beach to try my luck and spotted this from the car.

Those of you who aren’t aware of aurora hunting in Australia, the southern lights are normally along the horizon, and most of the time you need to get away from any artificial lights to let your night vision develop to see it. Not this night.

I spotted it before I got out of the car – I’ve never clambered out so quickly. Was halfway down the beach before I realised I forgot my tripod.

Unusually, it was also high in the sky. I shoot with a wide angel lens which warps the scale in the final photos in the lens. That higher, outer loop of the aurora sat about 45 degrees off the horizon, so about half way up the sky. I’ve never seen it that high in my time aurora hunting.

I totally, and guilt free admit to sitting in the sand, clicking my camera away and giggling like a kid at the circus through this entire show that night!

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