A few nights ago I woke up at about 3am for no particular reason and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I decided to make the best of it and head out for some of my first Milky Way photos of 2016. The most colourful section of the Milky Way is now visible at this time of year and will be around until September / October. I headed just down the road from Abbey towards Margaret River and pulled over at one of my favourite dead trees (weird to have a favourite dead tree, I know) to just get a gage on the position of the Milky Way and to see what the conditions were like.
The first few photos I took had a weird red and pink glow in the bottom right hand side and I was trying to figure out what it was. Initially I assumed there must have been a bushfire or something similar quite close. After a few photos I noticed the beams in the glow and realised that I was seeing quite a strong Aurora. I looked again at the sky and could actually see the aurora with just my eyes, obviously not nearly as bright as my long exposure photographs, but still very visible. I fired off a few more photos of the scene and then headed to Augusta to hopefully beat the rising sun and get some more photos of the aurora over the ocean.
All the photos were captured with the Canon 5DS + Canon 11-24mm f4L lens that Canon Australia kindly sent me to try out, will be doing a write up on it soon.
Here are my photos: