Photo of the Week: Bioluminescence Beauty

Photo of the Week: Bioluminescence Beauty

Image of blue-hued bioluminescence.

Possibly one of the coolest images I've ever taken in the Bay. This is a 30-second exposure taken at 11 p.m. in Peary, Virginia.

The color you see in the water is the result of bioluminescence. I had my tripod set up and while the exposure was taking place, I walked through the water in the image to create a disturbance that allowed the water to light up. Look closely and you'll see my footprints in the image where my body blocked the light from reaching the sensor in the camera.

It was magical.  You could see stingrays swimming six feet down. A pod of dolphins swam by, leaving a 30-foot trail of light. Crabs clicking their claws even lit up the water. Never seen anything like it.

—Scott Phillips

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