Bioluminescence under the Southern Sky by Phil Hart

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Small 7.9" x 12.0"
Medium 11.9" x 18.0"
Large 15.9" x 24.0"
X large 19.8" x 30.0"


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Bioluminescent algae ‘Noctiluca Scintillans’ in the Gippsland Lakes in eastern Victoria (Australia). Photographed under the pointers and the southern cross.


  • Adam Gormley
    Adam Gormleyabout 6 years ago

    Hi Phil, stunning shot mate, love the effect on this one!

  • igotmeacanon
    igotmeacanonabout 6 years ago

    bloodyhell, what an amazing shot, im jealous

  • Wayne England
    Wayne Englandabout 6 years ago

    Wow, this is so unusual! Great shot.

  • Mike Salway
    Mike Salwayabout 6 years ago

    Wow, does it really glow like that to the human eye?
    Amazing shot. Nicely done Phil.

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 6 years ago

    wow wow wow! This is superb – well done. How on earth did you get this?

  • Phil Hart
    Phil Hartabout 6 years ago

    it’s pretty amazing even to me! it’s a bit like the difference with aurora between visual observing and photography. the colour is much stronger in the photo, but the photo blurs out all the movement which the eye can see in real time. i spent a few weeks down on the Gippsland Lakes with Camp Cooinda, and some nights the algae luminescence was exceptionally strong. I doubt there are many times or places anywhere where it is so strong.

    This is a 100 second exposure, so it has blurred several small breaking waves together. The tripod was partly in the water, where the waves were lapping at the beach, and at one point I managed to catch my leg in the cable release and tip the camera and tripod into the salty water but managed to rinse it quickly!

  • Duncan Waldron
    Duncan Waldronabout 6 years ago

    This is amazing Phil. The exposure is perfect for rendering the Milky Way and Coalsack, and despite the long exposure you seem to have a fair bit of detail in the water. That’s a sight I’d love to see one day – do you know how often this occurs there? Is it seasonal?

  • Phil Hart
    Phil Hartabout 6 years ago

    Camp Cooinda has been running for 50 years, and while many of us have seen it before, none of us have ever seen it like it is this year!

    It’s still strong at the moment, but you need a moon-less night. A boat would also help as it really varies from night to night and location to location – it depends on which way the wind has been blowing during the day. Look for the red colour in the water – that’s where it will be strong that night!

  • warriorprincess
    warriorprincessover 5 years ago

    This is amazing! It’s like something has landed from the Milky Way. Lucky your camera wasn’t damaged!

  • jewd barclay
    jewd barclayover 5 years ago this real???

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