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Bay of Fires Aurora!

The aurora australis, or Southern Lights, seem to be making a fairly regular appearance during my Tasmanian photography workshops. In the past I have experienced one rather stunning display at Coles Bay as well as a few at Cradle Mountain and now I can add this Bay of Fires aurora to the list too!

Bay of Fires Aurora Tasmania

This aurora appeared during a recent 3 day Bay of Fires photography workshop. Next workshop runs October 11-13, 2016.

The aurora was somewhat weak this particular evening but nevertheless, a clear green-yellow band was visible as soon as we started our night sky session, and as the night went on there was some naked eye shimmering going on in the sky above St Helens.

Aurora andstar trails in St Helens, Tasmania

Aurora and star trails in St Helens, Tasmania. August 17, 2015

Many of my workshops include a night sky component, but if there is any chance of an aurora sighting during a workshop we will most definitely add in an impromptu shoot even if it wasn’t a part of the original planning. Like with all outdoor activities, weather plays a huge part in exactly how the days play out, and flexibility is a big part of a photography workshop.

Bay of Fires Aurora Photography Workshop

The aurora at St Helens, in Tasmania’s Bay of Fires. August 17, 2015

In addition to the aurora, the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds were looking stunning, and made for beautiful compositions with the aurora.

Bay of Fires Aurora Photography Workshop Tasmania

Aurora, Bay of Fires, August 17 2015

My next Bay of Fires photography workshop runs October 11-13, 2016 and bookings are now open. Contact me to join in the fun!

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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.