Always wanted to shoot the Aurora? Come to Tasmania.

Have you always longed to photograph the aurora? You don’t have to go to the northern hemisphere to do it. This image was taken from Trial bay near Kettering (where the Bruny ferry departs) on 19 March this year (2015).

Aurora Australia from Trial Bay, Tasmania, 19 March 2015
Aurora Australis from Trial Bay, Tasmania, 19 March 2015

If you’d like to try your hand, we have our cabin in the garden (also on Facebook) available for $45 per night, and I will guide people to a good spot – we can confer and decide beforehand – and assist with setup etc for $50 per person per session. After the first session, you should be fine to manage exposures and settings for subsequent attempts.

You need to have your own vehicle as I do not have a vehicle to carry passengers.

Of course, you need to bear in mind that you can come to Tasmania for a week or even two, and the auroral gods many decide they are not going to play along. We’ve had some long ‘dry’ spell, but it can fire up anytime. You are also dependent on the vagaries of the weather, if it is overcast there can be a terrific aurora happening, while we gnash our teeth at home in deep frustration.  But Tasmania is a beautiful place to photograph during the daylight hours, too, and you will have a lot of wonderful images to take home with you.

Of course, the weather will clear beautifully the day you go home!

You need a camera capable of shooting exposures up to 30 seconds length, has a shutter delay (self-timer) or a remote or cable release, a sturdy tripod, and a wide (preferably 20mm or less) and fast (min f3.5) f stop – f2.8 or f2 is even better.

However, if you are interested, contact me through the cabin email at the website or PM me here.

A few more images from various nights below.

Aurora Australia, Trial bay, Tas, 19/03/2015
Aurora Australia, Trial bay, Tas, 19/03/2015
Aurora Australia, Trial bay, Tas, 19/03/2015
Aurora Australia, Trial bay, Tas, 19/03/2015
Aurora Australia, Trial bay, Tas, 19/03/2015
Aurora Australia, Trial bay, Tas, 19/03/2015
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Aurora of 7 October 2015 from our deck at Glenorchy!
Aurora Australia, Trial bay, Tas, 19/03/2015
Aurora Australia, Trial bay, Tas, 19/03/2015
Aurora Australia, Trial bay, Tas, 19/03/2015
Aurora Australia, Trial bay, Tas, 19/03/2015
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Aurora of 7-8 October 2015 from Mortimer Beach, Rifle range Rd, Sandford
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Aurora of 7-8 November 2015, from Goat Bluff, South Arm – with a bonus meteor!
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Aurora of 7-8 November 2015, the phenomena known as picket fences or piano keys, photographed from Goat Bluff, South Arm. These ‘side effects’ are often just that, blobs or patches, picket fences and proton arcs often occur at sup to 90deg offset from the southern aspect. This one was SW
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Aurora of 7-8 November 2015, the phenomena known as picket fences or piano keys, plus a spectacular proton arc, photographed from Goat Bluff, South Arm. These ‘side effects’ are often just that, blobs or patches, picket fences and proton arcs often occur at sup to 90deg offset from the southern aspect. This one was SW
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