We had a pretty awesome light display last night with perfectly clear weather as a massive geomagnetic storm hit. I headed out to see if I could get any photos of it… it’s not often that the Aurora is visible to the naked eye in Western Australia, but I could clearly see it! Here are my photos, taken from Augusta, Western Australia:
All of these photos were captured with my new(ish) Sony A7r with a metabones adaptor and my Canon 16-35 f2.8L II (love that lens), I’m still trying to find my feet with the Sony camera, so my Canon 5Dmk3 travels everywhere with me too at the moment. Rough settings were: ISO1600-6400, f2.8, 20-30 seconds exposure.
If you would like more information on how you can see the Aurora Australis check out spaceweather.com and spaceweatherlive.com, both are exceptional resources and have far more information than any casual interest would ever need to know (or understand… I don’t understand about 98% of it). It is not very common in Western Australia, you have far better chances for seeing it in New Zealand and Tasmania, but Augusta to Albany are good options when a strong (KP6+) geomagnetic storm hits and the conditions are right.
Love your work, Western Aussie must be an AWESOME place to live, I have always wanted to go there but have never had the chance. I live in NSW and have travelled a little around our AMAZING country, but have never had the opportunity to see all that I would like. Now with family problems, 2 knees with arthritis and my man with a bad back we can’t get out and clamber like we would like, though still get out with our cameras as much as possible. We are both 70 so there is not much chance of these problems getting much better in the future. Have you ever had photographic tours, I sure would like to visit your area and with one that knows the area so we can take our photos and still not have clambering to do. Love those Aurora scenes I didn’t know we had these magical happenings around here. Just LOVE our Outback and would LOVE to see and experience more.Once more LOVE your work, keep enjoying, oh by the way LOVE Tassie too. Only have email so no facebook or other modern ways of keeping in contact. Thanks yours Nancye