free as a firework,
lonesome as a country song;
No, I haven’t been listening to any Katy Perry today, but did listen to a lot of George Strait 🙂
So, there are a full 31 images in this post which asks for quite a bit of a commitment for you to go through 🙂 However, they are are presented chronologically as they were taken, and I think the progression of lighting as the sunlight disappears is pretty interesting to observe. Plus, some of the later shots are pretty killer! I had my long lens with me and, so, was able to get rather closer for some cool compositions. Enjoy!
This evening I went out seeking a prairie/wetland area in Forest Park where a friend told me there were many fireflies. True to his word, the area was teeming with their twinkling, many of them appearing to be in sync. I tried to take some long exposures, but even with my 6D the noise in the images in near darkness was simply too much to produce many usable images. I am going to have to work on my technique.
I waited for some bicycles with lights to pass but did not manage to get a great shot. Then I saw the lights of a group that had lit jars, presumably to store caught fireflies. I pointed my camera at them and hoped for the best. The image is noisy, but after some working over, it shows the group as they waited for a while before heading down the path. It has a painting-like look that I rather like. You may wish to view the image in a new tab/window to see a larger version.
I was certainly trying to capture the reflected lotus leaf; I got the dragonfly thrown in unawares! All is gift.