PetaPixel

Beautiful Long Exposure Shot of Fireflies and Star Trails

Photographer Mike Rosinski created this amazing image showing light trails from both fireflies and stars by stacking over 370 photos shot over 2 hours from his backyard in Hartland, Michigan. He used a Canon T1i and 15-85mm lens at 15mm with 20 second exposures. The stacking was done with StarStaX, a free program geared towards star trail photography. You can find more about Mike Rosinski’s work (prints, licensing fees, etc) by contacting him here.

(via APOD)


Image credit: Photograph by Mike Rosinski and used with permission


 
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  • http://www.tyleringram.com Anonymous

    Pshh that’s dust on the sensor ;)

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    NOOOO he took it on an airplane, those are dead pixels…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nicholas-Gervin/100000489612937 Nicholas Gervin

    Great capture! 

  • http://www.skinnerphotographs.com Skinner Photographs

    i don’t really know if it’s all that beautiful… but I at least have not seen it before

  • Flgraphics

    neat that he captured fireflies.. but the resulting photo isn’t really appealing

  • Anonymous

    The question I ask is: Is this intentional or accidental? I would imagine that this would have been framed differently if it was intentional, simply because it is troublingly difficult to focus the eye.

  • Anonymous

    The question I ask is: Is this intentional or accidental? I would imagine that this would have been framed differently if it was intentional, simply because it is troublingly difficult to focus the eye.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE55G4NFN7KQXLEPV2ZO6LKFTY M

    The NASA APOD discussion site has more details behind this shot I took on 7-20-2011, quite a few people asked me for background/etc. http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=24739&start=25#p155040  
    It began last Summer June-2010 with my various attempts at capturing star trails and fireflies separately, then trying to capture both in same image for visual appeal.  Small pix image does not do it justice, big pix image people rip off the web, watermark and copyright aside.

    This shot as is I submitted to NASA APOD based on advice from Astronomers Forum I participate in, realizing it needed some PP.
    Frankly, I agree there are a few elements in here that are not “polished” to my top standards, and since the APOD was published I have PP’d in CS5: edited out some of the distracting airplane trails (straight lines), slightly brought up the foreground exposure, slightly reduced the star trail sky light pollution, removed some of the digital sensor noise artifacts, etc.  
    This “enhanced” edition will be available for prints and licensing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE55G4NFN7KQXLEPV2ZO6LKFTY M

    I’m mtbdudex on Yahoo, not M…not sure why it displays just “M”….too much technology…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE55G4NFN7KQXLEPV2ZO6LKFTY M

    This as intentional a fireflies capture on top of a startrails capture, as outlined in the  http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=24739&start=25#p155040 link I posted below. 
    100% of the credit for originating this shot goes to my wife.
    My
    wife commented to me “the fireflies are really active tonight, why
    don’t you try and get some in a photo”….I looked outside and it was a
    hot/warm/humid evening and she was right.
    Tried to follow rules of 1/3, but then the balance of the firefly captures were in the foreground wildflower field, so going up to Polaris I would have “lost” many firefly subjects.  I don’t own a UWA lens, so 15mm on a crop gives a tighter view than on a FF sensor.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE55G4NFN7KQXLEPV2ZO6LKFTY M

    Some might like to view this Video I made:
    ISO800 20 sec exposure each, Over 370 frames Processed all in MacOSX
    Note: this star trail video timelapse is using the cumulative image saving feature in StarStaX.
    The cumulative stacking then timelapse gives a different effect/feeling than a std timelapse.
    StarStax, Time Lapse Assembler, iMovie11
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie-6PNG_TKI&hd=1

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE55G4NFN7KQXLEPV2ZO6LKFTY M

    Some might like to view this Video I made:
    ISO800 20 sec exposure each, Over 370 frames Processed all in MacOSX
    Note: this star trail video timelapse is using the cumulative image saving feature in StarStaX.
    The cumulative stacking then timelapse gives a different effect/feeling than a std timelapse.
    StarStax, Time Lapse Assembler, iMovie11
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie-6PNG_TKI&hd=1

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE55G4NFN7KQXLEPV2ZO6LKFTY M

    Some might like to view this Video I made:
    ISO800 20 sec exposure each, Over 370 frames Processed all in MacOSX
    Note: this star trail video timelapse is using the cumulative image saving feature in StarStaX.
    The cumulative stacking then timelapse gives a different effect/feeling than a std timelapse.
    StarStax, Time Lapse Assembler, iMovie11
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie-6PNG_TKI&hd=1

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE55G4NFN7KQXLEPV2ZO6LKFTY M

    Some might like to view this Video I made:
    ISO800 20 sec exposure each, Over 370 frames Processed all in MacOSX
    Note: this star trail video timelapse is using the cumulative image saving feature in StarStaX.
    The cumulative stacking then timelapse gives a different effect/feeling than a std timelapse.
    StarStax, Time Lapse Assembler, iMovie11
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie-6PNG_TKI&hd=1

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE55G4NFN7KQXLEPV2ZO6LKFTY M

    This is the more traditional video, made from same frames but NOT using the cumulative image feature described above.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx_gNWAlK3k&hd=1

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE55G4NFN7KQXLEPV2ZO6LKFTY M

    This is the more traditional video, made from same frames but NOT using the cumulative image feature described above.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx_gNWAlK3k&hd=1

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE55G4NFN7KQXLEPV2ZO6LKFTY M

    This is the more traditional video, made from same frames but NOT using the cumulative image feature described above.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx_gNWAlK3k&hd=1

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE55G4NFN7KQXLEPV2ZO6LKFTY M

    This is the more traditional video, made from same frames but NOT using the cumulative image feature described above.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx_gNWAlK3k&hd=1

  • Willlauriechin

    For old school as in Nikons for 30 years as a novice, shoot in Europe and most worth seeing and this photo is very interesting to all you nasayers!