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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Synchronous Fireflies

I took this photo of fireflies (lightning bugs) in almost complete darkness using the latest low-light camera technology. I was completely surrounded by the fireflies and witnessed one of the most amazing and magical natural phenomena: fireflies that synchronize.

Alteration note: I took several long exposures over several minutes and merged them together to preserve detail and clarity.

This photo won the Altered Images category of our 13th Annual Photo Contest. See all of the winners and finalists here.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Copyright: © Radim Schreiber
Awards
Photo of the Day: 12.24.15
Editor's Pick
Finalist
Winner