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Old Jun 27, 2014, 9:57 PM   #1
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Default Live Composite Lightning Bugs (OK, this is cool)

Had to try this feature even though I am still learning how to handle the new camera. Man, is it neat. I need to find some better scenery next time for more interest, but man.

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Old Jun 27, 2014, 10:23 PM   #2
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Now, those are cool! Great idea. That last image is magical-looking.
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....it has been so LONG since I've seen a lightning bug.

This looks fun, I should try some of the fun features.

Thanks for sharing these.
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Beautiful Sammy. I grew up with lightning bugs in Michigan. As a kid we caught them to use as nightlights. I don't remember it being too successful though. First, they're only lit for about a half second and if you don't catch them at that precise illuminated moment it's like shooting in the dark. Then, once in the jar, it seemed to take the spark out of them. Much better to capture them the way you have. Thanks.
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What a great idea Sammy, very nice pictures.

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Thanks guys. Since I know it works now, I want to try scouting some neater locations and nicer frame composition. Of course that's dependent on where the fireflies come out, as they don't appear everywhere and they're not very good at taking direction.

This exercise made me realize I'm missing one important piece of gear: bug spray!

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Sammy,

These are cool and definitely an interesting feature to explore. I must try it myself.

Is it a scene mode or is it a settings menu type thing?

Hmmm... I wonder what it would do with fireworks.
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Sammy,

These are cool and definitely an interesting feature to explore. I must try it myself.

Is it a scene mode or is it a settings menu type thing?

Hmmm... I wonder what it would do with fireworks.
I thought the same thing about fireworks, just didn't bring a tripod with me to see our local display the other day.

As much as they hyped this feature for the new camera, they made it pretty difficult to find and included almost no information about it in the manual. You'll need to go to M (Manual) mode and adjust the shutter speed past the longest shutter time on the dial. There you should see Bulb mode, Live View mode (I think it's called) and this.

You can then adjust the time of each separate exposure by hitting the menu button. Click the shutter once and it does a "preparation" exposure which I think is a black frame for noise purposes. Then click it a second time. It does many exposures at the exposure time you chose in the menu, and adds whatever is "new" in the subsequent exposures to the original shot. Then you watch the image build on the LCD, and trigger the shutter again when you want it to stop.

Sounds confusing, but once you do it once it's pretty simple.

It might not have made it onto the EM-1 yet (though I am sure they could add it). The one disappointment about it is that you can't seem to be able to choose an exposure time shorter than 1/2 second. I found that if I opened the Aperture too far my shots were all overexposed (I wanted a big aperture and shorter shutter time to "freeze" them in place). I'd also like to change the time between when the shutter fires--I'm guessing that experimenting with the "anti shock" time might adjust that though.
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Man! What cool shots! Thanks for posting those.
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That is very neat and I noticed the flight pattern or light pattern and they all seem to be the same. Must be a reason for this, mating perhaps? I read somewhere that the light is emitted to help find a breeding partner.
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