Wednesday (22-June-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Early Summertime in New Jersey: Firefly Trails.

Yesterday was the first day of summer, and my backyard is full of fireflies. I set up a camera to take 25 second images, and then used the Startrails program to combine ~150 image (ISO 400) for the first image and then ~100 images (ISO 6400) for the second image. The D3s can see in the dark, and I didn’t take it all the way up to 100K ISO.

Backyard Fireflies. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2, 25 sec). Images processed with Lightroom 3, Startrails (used to stack 150 images), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Backyard Fireflies. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/2, 25 sec). Images processed with Lightroom 3, Startrails (used to stack 150 images), and Photoshop CS5.
Backyard Fireflies. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200 mm f/2 lens (ISO 6400, 200 mm, f/2, 25 sec). Images processed with Lightroom 3, Startrails (used to stack 100 images), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Backyard Fireflies. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 200 mm f/2 lens (ISO 6400, 200 mm, f/2, 25 sec). Images processed with Lightroom 3, Startrails (used to stack 100 images), and Photoshop CS5.

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer updating images in My Image of the Day Photoblog, and My eBird (with images of nearly 450 bird species). hope post COVID-19 to be a world traveler again. My interests include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, sky, and seascapes, travel, and astrophotography. I look for unique ways of viewing the world and presenting my images. I have traveled to over 55 countries in six continents, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on home renovation and expansion of a wildflower garden/meadow.

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