Thursday (14-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Nighttime Nature in New Jersey.

More firefly trails. I found that I can do exposures longer than 30 seconds on the Fuji X-H1 camera. However, at the cost of more sensor noise. The image required more post processing to remove the red and blue noise pixels.

Firefly Trails. Composite of 551 images taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1600, 200 mm, f/5.6, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 551 images taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1600, 200 mm, f/5.6, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 170 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 1600, 200 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 170 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 1600, 200 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 167 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 58 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 167 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 58 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)

Friday (08-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

The fireflies are back this year. I finally took time to set up three cameras to do a sequence of images that could be used to create composite firefly trails images and time-lapse videos.

Firefly Trails. Composite of 150 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 58 mm, f/8. 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 150 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 58 mm, f/8. 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 564 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 3200, 56 mm, f/8. 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 564 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 3200, 56 mm, f/8. 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)

Today (25-June-2017) — New Jersey

The weather held, and I got a second chance to capture an image of the fireflies flashing in my backyard. This time I set up two cameras, reduced the aperture (so a greater distance would be in focus), increased the ISO to increase the brightness (dealt with the increased noise in post processing), and set the focus distance to ~70 feet (locking the focus ring with gaffer tape). This time the composite images were better. I will try again tomorrow.

Fireflies at night from my backdoor. Summer nature in New Jersey. Composite of 250 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens (ISO 3200, 200 mm, f/11, 30 sec). Raw images processed using Capture One Pro and the composite generated using Photoshop CC (scripts, statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Fireflies at night from my backdoor. Summer nature in New Jersey. Composite of 250 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens (ISO 3200, 200 mm, f/11, 30 sec). Raw images processed using Capture One Pro and the composite generated using Photoshop CC (scripts, statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)

 

Fireflies at night from my backdoor. Summer nature in New Jersey. Composite of 70 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 300 mm f/4 telephoto lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/11, 120 sec). Raw images processed using Capture One Pro and the composite generated using Photoshop CC (scripts, statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Fireflies at night from my backdoor. Summer nature in New Jersey. Composite of 70 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 300 mm f/4 telephoto lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/11, 120 sec). Raw images processed using Capture One Pro and the composite generated using Photoshop CC (scripts, statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)

 

Six-Years Ago (25-June-2011) — New Jersey

Fireflies in my backyard. Composite of 110 images taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. I liked this image, and used the camera parameters to help my efforts to get better images tonight.

Backyard Fireflies. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 2500, 600 mm, f/13, 25 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro, Startrails (used to stack 110 images), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Backyard Fireflies. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 2500, 600 mm, f/13, 25 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro, Startrails (used to stack 110 images), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)