AWARD WINNER: This time lapse movie was judged Best Animated Aesthetic Sequence at the 2016 David Malin Awards, Australia's premier astrophotography awards.
A time-lapse compilation of the best display of the Aurora Australis from 2015. The G3 geomagnetic storm that hit Earth overnight from October 7 - October 8 2015, from sunspot region 2427, coincided with clear skies in southern Tasmania resulting in a beautiful display of the Southern Lights that kept my friends and I enthralled the whole night through, as we danced the night away under the lights.
Bioluminescence was also present on this night, the phytoplankton Noctiluca scintillans (aka Sea Sparkle) turning the breaking waves a neon cobalt blue.
Dr David Malin comments;
"There's an appealing kind of whimsy about this footage that lends it charm, with figures romantically and randomly appearing in the sea-shore foreground, as the dramatic aurorae and subtle bioluminescence create an ever-changing backdrop throughout the night."
Time-lapse sequences captured on:
1. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens, each exposure 8sec @f3.2, ISO 2500.
2. Canon 7D, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, each exposure 15sec @f3.2, ISO 2500.
Edited in Adobe Lightroom, and rendered with LRTimelapse.
Soundtrack: 'Lights in the Sky', George Winston.