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Aurora Australis over the RSV Aurora Australis by Doug Thost

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One of the main attractions of a late season voyage to Antarctica, is the opportunity to see auroras at night… something that you don’t get to see during summer, when there’s 24 hours daylight. So I was thrilled to get to see the most amazing auroras I’ve ever seen on my most recent trip. And I was on the icebreaker Aurora Australis as well. How good is that?

Having a Canon 5D mk.2 gave me the technical edge. I used a 15mm f2.8 lens at 2.8, ISO was 1250, exposure about 5 seconds. Tripod mounted, and even though the ship was moving at about 10 knots, it was very stable.

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  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithover 3 years ago

    What a marvellous site Doug, was it your pic i saw on the news tonight?

  • Thanks Garth… no, a different aurora, different photographer, different 5D, same ship!

    – Doug Thost

  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillover 3 years ago

    Bloody Nora! Speechless!

  • Thanks Peter, hope you get your voice back soon!

    – Doug Thost

  • Luis Ferreiro
    Luis Ferreiroover 3 years ago

    Amazing image…..

  • Many Thanks Luis…

    – Doug Thost

  • Andrew Dickman
    Andrew Dickmanover 3 years ago

    Absolutely amazing!! And a 5 second exposure – wow.

  • Thanks Andrew. Yeah this full frame sensor is amazing in low light!

    – Doug Thost

  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonover 3 years ago

    amazing, what are the two white disks Doug? spotlights and I presume by the blue curved line you meant the 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens? Great shot very jealous of your travels… one day.

  • Thanks Travis… the disks are from the multi-million candle power spotlights, one each side of where I was taking the shot. On the large image you can just make out a large iceberg being illuminated by them…

    – Doug Thost

  • tdn14277
    tdn14277over 3 years ago

    An amazing experience and stunning capture !

  • Thanks Tim, appreciate your comment

    – Doug Thost

  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillover 3 years ago

    Congratulations Doug, this magnificent work has been Featured in the Canon Lens Series Feature Gallery for the Canon 5D Mark II.

  • Thanks so much Peter, really appreciate your comment and the feature!

    – Doug Thost

  • Larry  Grayam
    Larry Grayamover 3 years ago

    Congratulations 5/21/11

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    “Simplify your life.” Cindy Francis said and we shall do.
    So very beautiful composition make the splendid artwork from your happy mind I can feel…thank you to inspired friends:)
    Take care,

  • Melinda Gaal
    Melinda Gaalover 3 years ago


  • Thanks Melinda!

    – Doug Thost

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