Sea and Star Sparkles Captured Together in a Long Exposure Photo

This is an amazing 1.5 hour exposure taken at the Gippsland Lakes in Australia by Phil Hart, showing both star trails and the crazy blue light given off by a bioluminescent algae called Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as the Sea Sparkle.

The algae glows blue whenever there’s movement in the water, which there is where the waves break onto the shore. Sea Sparkles is going under Northern Lights on my list of things I’d like to see with my own eyes someday.

You can also check out some of the other photos he shot, and read about the story behind the photograph on Hart’s blog.

(via Photojojo)

Image credits: Photograph by Phil Hart

  • Claus Petersen

    Usually the world only looks like this when I'm drinking ;-) Nice shot!

  • Nirav

    Amazing shot!

  • Ivan Cabrera

    Awesome and incredible shot, kudos to Phil Hart

  • AYRTON360

    I've always wanted to do some shots like this
    BUT you need to be in the right place at the right moment :-) It's got to be a special night, clear sky and in a Earth position wherer you have the trail of the stars showing right
    Thanks for the post

  • Jared

    What does this mean?


    Really beautifull, I tried the same thing here in France but i didn’t had the time to wait 1:30 hour ;-)
    here is the result :

  • Bergur

    Too bad there’s a light in the horizon that reflects into the sea.

  • Andypbrowne

    Would like to compare this to the bio luminescent bay(s) in Puerto Rico.

  • Vincent_vfx

    just an odd comment. there is a rumor that van gogh had some strange eye disease or something that allowed him to look at things the way you have shown in this photo . . . notice the similarity to ‘starry night’? nice photo btw

  • Chariefountain

    im from PR! going to try it!

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