After dark: Corals glow brightly on the Great Barrier Reef at night


August 19, 2022

Photographed at night, the corals of the Great Barrier Reef light up.

Harriet Sparks and her husband Woody are dedicated to finding new ways to showcase nature and the Great Barrier Reef, and these images of corals, taken after dark, are extraordinary examples.

“We so often see coral landscapes taken during the day, when the light is at its brightest,” Harriet says. “At night, the underwater world completely transforms, with emerging species hiding during the day. Your view is also narrowed to anything lit by your torch, forcing you to focus on what’s in front of you.

“I took these photos at Keeper Reef off Townsville. We had started the dive before sunset and it was beautiful to see the color slowly fade as the sun went down. I wanted to capture how the night changes the reef as the darkness descends.I took these images on the Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II, using an Olympus 8mm fisheye lens in a Nauticam housing with a pair of Inon Z-330 strobes.

Harriet and Woody’s production house, Grumpy Turtle Films, helps environmental and goal-oriented organizations share their stories through film and photography.

“Stories connect and transport us to a level that facts and figures can only dream of, and we truly believe that when stories are paired with compelling visuals and stunning imagery, they have the power to change the world. “, says Harriet.

We couldn’t agree more!

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