Fairies celebrating midsummer? Will-o’-the-wisp? Could be… but not this time!

It is only plain old me walking beside a patch of tall grass, and light-painting the edge with a flashlight during the 25-sec. exposure.

I went walking with the dogs in that area an hour before, and stopped for a while to play and watch the fireflies… and I lost my cell phone somewhere in the grass.

When I got back home, I just knew it had to be over there, so I grabbed a flashlight, hubby’s cell phone (to make mine ring so I could locate it), as well as my camera bag and tripod, then walked back to the fireflies’ spot.

I found the phone right away, but stayed there until 1:00 a.m. trying to shoot fireflies. I did not get good results with the tiny beasties, but at least I got this shot out of it!

Nikon D7000, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR
Focal length 24mm, ISO-100, 25 sec. @ f/22

Processed in Lightroom 3.3 and Photoshop CS4


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  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 3 years ago

    Hope you found them!!! LOL

  • Who? The fireflies? They were there alright, but they kept flying away from me to the other end of the field… Plainly, they wanted me to chase after them! LOL!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyabout 3 years ago

    Nicely done Johanne! It looks like a painting! Have always wanted to try this technique! Going to the cottage in July, may have to experiment then, thanks for the inspiration with this superb capture of light!

  • Thank you Joanne! And we can also see one tiny speck of a firefly!! You have to view larger to find it… :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • lamiel
    lamielabout 2 years ago

    I like the mood created.

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