Funnily enough, after many, many visits, I had never seen or photographed fireflies in Japan. This year, shortly after arriving, we spotted some articles in the newspaper saying they were out and about, so I made a couple of trips to nearby Koori to see for myself.
The first visit basically coincided with a full moon, which of course made exposure a little tricky but I enjoyed the challenge. There was a fair bit of activity and most shots had at least a few fireflies here and there. The shot above is the location, and the shots below are various crops of fireflies from many shots over the night.
Processing Firefly Photos
The shot below is a blend of 5 images taken over approx 5-10 minutes. The best way to blend images like this together is to load up all images into one single file (eg copy and paste all images on top of each other) then use the “lighten” blend mode. This results in all the brightest parts of the image (ie the firefly trails) becoming visible over your original background layer.