How to shoot fireflies?

Started Jun 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Probably, impossible
In reply to JMCO, Jun 10, 2012

I've come to the conclusion that taking long exposures of fireflies firing off on the lawn is the hardest photography assignment there is.
The subject:

  • Comes out in very low light, that gets lower fast. So the exposure is changing minute by minute.

  • The subject is very small. Macro.

  • The subject flies around in random patterns and is invisible to the human eye until

  • It lights up, but just for second.

  • They tend to cluster in groups but the groups shifts position constantly.

  • The bio-luminescent light is so minimal, it is hard to pick up on film or sensor.

I think it might be possible to shoot clusters of fireflies in a controlled environment but, that is different from a grassy suburban lawn in summer!

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