February 5, 2012
Some great time-lapse photos of fireflies from Japanese photographer Tsuneaki Hiramatsu. The shots near the river were taken close to Okayama City in the Hokubo area and capture a certain type of firefly called the Genji Botaru. Where the shots in the woods were taken near Niimi City and the famous Tennoohachiman shrine and capture the Hime Botaru firefly.
Hiratmatsu used time-lapse photography to take several continuous exposures so you see hundreds, if not thousands, of small firefly lights, and then combined those exposures in post-production. Each photo where the firefly lights become trails is just one long exposure.
These pictures feel like a dream and take me back to when I used to catch fireflies and keep them in jars as little pets.