Firefly Photography by Terry Priest

April 11, 2009 at 12:50 am 1 comment

Today, the Museum of Science in Boston is hosting a Firefly Day (Hat Tip DNLee). The event kicks off another year of the Firefly Watch Citizen Science Project. A number of lectures on the insect can be attended and throughout the day a firefly slideshow will air on the Lower Level. The slideshow, I’m told, will feature the work of photographer Terry Priest.

Firefly and a Cat (Photograph courtesy of Terry Priest)

Terry stumbled upon firefly photography. One evening it was getting too dark to take pictures when he noticed the flickering of the fireflies. He decided to give it a shot…literally. Through trial and error he has fine tuned his technique. The results are absolutely stunning. I’ve been looking at and chasing fireflies practically my entire walking career. And yet, Terry’s pictures reveal intricacies about their bodies and their flight patterns I never would have noticed.

All of the following photographs are courtesy of Terry Priest and I highly recommend clicking to view the larger versions on Flickr.

Interested in trying your hand at firefly photography? Terry has compiled a “Photographing the Common Eastern (USA) Firefly” guide. Believe it or not, you don’t have to invest in special equipment. Some of Terry’s pictures were taken with a camera that retails today for less than $200!

More photos by Terry Priest can be found on his Flickr site and his personal website. He’s also created a Flickr group dedicated solely to lightning bugs photos.

With all those resources, there’s no excuse. Now your only option is to have a Happy Firefly Day! : )


Entry filed under: Firefly, Flickr, insect, Lightning Bug, Nature, Photography.

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  • 1. Thomas  |  April 11, 2009 at 1:27 am

    For some strange reason, these photos made me feel better! Those are some fantastic photos!!!!


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