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Aurora during Bay of Fires Workshop!

The aurora australis made a little cameo during last weeks Bay of Fires workshop! The clouds were unfortunately placed in the south but nevertheless a clear band of green in a gap came through, and we managed a few snaps.

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The aurora made a special guest appearance on last weeks Bay of Fires photography workshop.

It is always exciting to see the aurora, and as part of a group tour it has that extra spark of excitement. I have had some very good luck with the aurora making an appearance during workshops since the first time back in March 2013 at Coles Bay. I have since caught it at Cradle Mountain a few times and also in the Bay of Fires once before. Fingers crossed for the Tarkine in a couple of weeks, I have never captured an aurora out that way!

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The clouds, right where we didnt want them! Still, it is always great to capture a bit of green in the sky. Not a sight you see every day!

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Rocky beach and a great view south… but those clouds!

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The aurora gradually became dimmer, and those clouds were certainly not going anywhere, so after an hour or two we headed back.

The sun is well and truly on its way to “solar minimum” meaning sunspot and solar flare activity is low, but the aurora is still a possibility when the conditions are right – mostly when the solar wind escapes the sun through “coronal holes”. I will of course be keeping a close eye on the guages in the lead up to the rest of my autumn photography workshops!

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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.