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Fireflies are always beautiful to look at. There is nothing like standing in the middle of a dark quiet forest with hundreds of these beauties flashing around you! Used manual focus with bulb exposure and remote shutter release. My initial intention was to make a picture of the fireflies in their hundreds flying about the forest flashing. I did make that image but in the end I somehow like this one better with a solitary firefly sitting on a leaf edge. The stray light in the picture is from the moon yesterday night and some how (I feel) captures the essence of the dark jungle better than the original one I intended with all of them flying about the forest. Would love to hear the "Views"
Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:31 am
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:08 am

A fine attempt here Sriharsha to do something different. I am keen to know why you used remote trigger in this case. I agree with you that fireflies are beautiful. Unfortunately making images of them may be extreamly tough. I think you almost got it through - I can see the plant and leaves in this image. A little more exposure on the plant and leaves and some more definition of fly would have made this wonderful. But I know it is easier said than done due to huge exposure difference that is needed between the fly and unlit regions. Don't give up, think out of the box, think about other tools - long exposures, other sources of light to compensate, multiple exposures, reflectors, bulb mode and this list goes on - only limitation is our willingness to think differently. I am sure it is not easy, if you have the will you will have your way and believe me you can do it !!

Behind every successful image is lots imagination and hours of hard work (and may be a bit of luck too). Never give up, if not the image you will learn a lot. In my view there is no point in taking those known paths, at best we can make images similar to those done by hundred thousdand nature photgraphers out there.

Good luck!

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:36 am

Thanks for the words Ganesh. I am sorry I should have been more specific, I used a IR remote shutter release to avoid camera shake. You must be thinking of a remote trigger which gets activated when the subject triggers it by crossing paths or something like that.
Yes even I felt a definition of the firefly itself was missing here. But it was a 45 second exposure and these buggers never sit still. If you want some of the habitat in the BG you ought to have a long exposure, but you risk subject movement, and a shorter exposure would get you the subject and no habitat. Its a compromise actually. And yes a multiple exposure of the same scene would have definitely helped in this matter. Now thats what I guess people call a rookie mistakes. :-)

Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:49 pm

Sriharsha, Great attempt here in capturing this light beauty. Yes tough challenges in making images of this fly. Ganesh has said all to make better image(s) next time. Did you try to make image with long exposure to capture just the random movement of these insects (as you mentioned they weer in 100s) :-). Loved the composition here. Keep trying.

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:50 pm

Shankar I did capture the fireflies dancing in the dark. That was my primary intention initially. But somehow I preferred the image on this forum to the fireflies dance picture. The dance of the fireflies can be seen here
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3094/268 ... ec11_o.jpg
It would be nice to know which image you prefer.



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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:58 pm

What are those red dots on the floor Sriharsha ? Just curious to know how that happened..
I prefer this one compared to the other..

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Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:37 pm

This is simply amazing considering that this is a near impossible situation to shoot, the flickering is so unpredictable and the movement so disoriented I am glad this is certainly the best of the species I have seen, I would love to see many in the frame. I must say your recent images are a real treat and indicates so well you seem to think and execute, keep this on for the joy of lovely images will follow automatically.

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:42 pm

Ganesh the red dots are dry bamboo leaves. Even I was surprised when I saw the color they took on after downloading the images (even clearly visible in the landscape fireflies dance shot). Must be something to do with the (firefly's) light I guess. It definitely was not due to PP

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:08 am

Sure it is not due to PP Sriharsha. I was keen to know how did we get it in the first place. We probably will have opportunities to creatively use them in other situations if we know how we got it, how to reproduce them next time..

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Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:24 am

A very well made attempt Sriharsha. fireflies open up amazing opportunities to explore some very creative images. Even though it is very very difficult to make a successful image with these beauties, the effort is surely not a waste. Great idea behind this image and keep treating our eyes! :-)

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