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)

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

Backyard Summer Nighttime Nature in New Jersey.

Backyard Fireflies.  Composite of 110 images 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 the images), and Photoshop CS5.

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). (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (17-June-2015) — New Jersey 

Backyard Late Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Amorous Fireflies in Daylight on a Yellow Prickly Pear Flower. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)
Amorous Fireflies in Daylight on a Yellow Prickly Pear Flower. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)

Sunday (26-June-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey.

Another composite image of fireflies in my backyard. This time with a telephoto lens at f/13 to try to get a deeper depth of field effect. As before, the  camera was set up to take 25 second images, and the resultant 110 images combined using the Startrails program.

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.