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dontblinkphotography Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Student Photographer
Amazing work! Could I ask how you do it? I tried for the first time a few nights ago and didn't have the best results :/
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Quit007 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017
Funny, only recently I was asked a similar question from somebody else :)

First of all you need a tripod, a camera settable to manual exposure of several seconds and an ISO sensitivity of above 1600 and lenses with an aperture of at least 1.8. And you need a lamp to be able to focus the camera in near dark to some interesting object such as tree, log, bush or so.
Then I make always several exposures of the same motive but different firefly traces and choose in the postprocessing interesting looking traces that can be combined together (as not to be too crowded but also not to have boring pics). The postprocessing also consists of noise removal of the background image by averaging (e.g. as is done in astrophotography). (You'll find in my scraps folder 2 images showing comparing the averaging and single exposure)
Due to the average I get the background without firefly trails very easily, because the trails average out (as they are typically on random positions). Then it is easy to get by subtraction the individual trails without background.
So I have then relatively good control on the contrast, brightness etc. of individual trails and the background, and I simply adjust everything to please my eye... ;)


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dontblinkphotography Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2017  Student Photographer
Thank you, this is so helpful! I think part of my issue was my ISO was much too low. Can't wait to try again :)
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Quit007 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017
I'm glad to have helped you ;)
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Delta406 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know why I've never seen long-exposure firefly art before. This is absolutely stunning.
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Quit007 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
Thank you! :)
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Fisherbrook-Photos Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
love these photos i hope i can get some of fireflies myself some day i just love seeing them.
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Quit007 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Thank you! :)
Actually, there should be fireflies in the US as the following article shows:
www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/c…
Wether you get to see them or not depends if you can get to the right region at the right time, though... ;-)
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Fisherbrook-Photos Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
there is just the place i live put tons of bright lights up so i can't see them very well anymore i'm hoping to go out to the country sometime at night to get some photos if i find a spot where they are found a lot.
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Mitsukai-inki Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome, tks for this share :)
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