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Old 08-03-2009, 03:46 AM   #11
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coyote One technique I've seen

Can't remember if it was here or elsewhere:

1) Place camera on tripod (or sandbag, old tire, etc), point at area with firefly activity
2) DISABLE any automatic flash.
3) Set for 15 second exposure (might as wll use ISO 100, and F11 or higher)
4) Leaving camera on tripod, pointed at same place (don't move it!) repeat 5 or 6 or 8 more times
5) In some photoshop like program, place each photo successivley over the others (layers), export to a JPEG

The only other tip I would suggest is to use a remote (wired or otherwise) to minimize any shake from pressing the shutter button, or set a 10 second (or whatever your camera will allow) delay when pressing the shutter button. Also, given the long exposure, you might try F20 or higher (someone like Dave Stiles or Sage might have a better idea on F-stop setting for this)

I'd love to try this myself, but firefly activity (locally) has slowed WAY down as thier local season winds down,

If anyone tries, would love to see your results!

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P.S. I found it! Results can be found here and here. Details here. These are NOT my photos, the credit belongs to other talented photographers.
If your camera supports a "BULB" setting, looks like you could also go for a hour (or 6) exposure, assuming your battery holds out!
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:58 PM   #12
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Not that I know how to set for a 15 second exposure but wouldn't we end up with streaks of light in our photos?
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:33 AM   #13
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I wonder if one could get a decent picture through a glass jar?
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Old 08-04-2009, 02:01 AM   #14
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:54 AM   #15
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Not that I know how to set for a 15 second exposure but wouldn't we end up with streaks of light in our photos?

Actually, it's not too bad. The duration of the insects flash is very brief. What did you think the two sample photos?

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Old 08-04-2009, 09:27 AM   #16
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Looking forward to seeing more of your photography Kyblue. Nice!
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:06 AM   #17
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The second sample photo was way cool. I'll have to take a photo of a painting we bought titled fireflies. Sort of off topic but I was thinking more along the lines of the round glow balls at dusk. The painting is abstract but it's what I had in mind. I don't know if our cameras will do it.
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The second sample photo was way cool. I'll have to take a photo of a painting we bought titled fireflies. Sort of off topic but I was thinking more along the lines of the round glow balls at dusk. The painting is abstract but it's what I had in mind. I don't know if our cameras will do it.
Waiting patiently to see this painting......

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I moved that into a file then forgot why I moved it there. Oopsie.
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