December 30, 2015

River of Light

Photograph by Takashi Zenihiro, National Geographic Your Shot

Photographer Takashi Zenihiro, a National Geographic Your Shot community member, submitted this photo of an expanse of fireflies streaming through a forest in Ninohe in the Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Firefly viewing season is cause to celebrate in this area, as the glowing insects herald the beginning of summer. Zenihiro wanted to observe the spectacle in person, and with the camera set at only 50 centimeters (20 inches) from the ground was able to create a sense of “being in the vortex of light.”

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22 comments
Peggy S.
Peggy S.

I love this picture.  It is not easy to capture fireflies in a photo!

Jen Oh
Jen Oh

Absolutely beautiful. Must be quite amazing to see in person!


Emilie Dion
Emilie Dion

Beautiful.

Any details available on the camera, lens and parameters used?

Y.S. Yap
Y.S. Yap

@Emilie DionHi there.. refer to his "yourshot" page and you can see the EXIF of his photo.


Paul Lenoue
Paul Lenoue

Is there any way to get a higher resolution version of these photos?

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