Long Exposure Firefly Photography

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We’re already nearing the end of May. It’s hard to believe, I know. It can be a little uncomfortable to think about how quickly time passes. I’m here to help with a reminder that time’s rapid passing only means all the cool things about each season will reach your senses sooner.

This is an especially exciting time of year, at least for me. By this time, I have been spending a lot more time outdoors. Finally, the pallid, morose visage of a long winter has been touched by a little sun. Exercise has my energy levels up, and it seems like every evening, I’m exclaiming as if for the first time, “Man, it’s NICE outside.”

You’re like, “Where is this going?”

I want to show you some pictures of bugs! Fireflies, in particular. Even more specifically, I want to show you some long exposure digital photography of fireflies. Why? Because it’s really cool. Who doesn’t like chasing fireflies with a camera?

If you are one of our beloved regular readers, you might remember my posts about painting with light. Light painting is a digital photography technique that involves long exposure photography and using a source of light, like a flashlight, to “paint” with light. Firefly photography is similar. A long exposure allows the critters to speckle the frame with dots, trails, and wisps. It’s one of those photography projects that is attractive because of the experience as well as the result. Taking these bug pictures is like catching fireflies with digital photography, which is in some ways cooler than catching fireflies in a jar.

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Pretty cool, huh?

pinned by Caitie Grady
pinned by Caitie Grady

I will be trying my hand at this as soon as I start seeing fireflies around my home in North Carolina. Here’s one more image to inspire you to do the same.

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via amusingplanet.com

So there you have it. Yes, time whips by with tremendous speed. But that only means we’ll start seeing fireflies sooner! I hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Tom Sowders

After majoring in creative writing at NC State, I worked in the home remodeling industry. Then, I attended graduate school for a really long time and gained experience as a writer and writing instructor. I live in the Raleigh-Durham area with my wife and baby boy, and you can find me around the Triangle anywhere there's good music and/or NC-style BBQ.