Depending on where you live, you may never get to see fireflies or lightning bugs put on their beautiful bioluminescent light shows. That’s all the more reason to appreciate this enchanting time-lapse montage video of fireflies at Lake of the Ozarks, in central Missouri. It was created by Grand Ledge, Michigan-based photographer Vincent Brady, who “had to master several different cameras, learn about photo stacking, 360° panoramas, and even how to pilot a pontoon boat to get all the requisite shots.”

Head over to Vincent Brady’s website to check out his stunning firefly photography and learn more about how he created this beautiful video.

[via Colossal]

Photographer Jeremy Jackson (aka Tacky) lives in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains where spends most of his time creating awesomely psychedelic long exposure light paintings using little more than his camera, various light sources, and a boundless imagination.

Jackson’s fantastic and energetic images are created entirely in camera and don’t involve any post-production aside from the occasional crop or rotation.

For this method, light is the brush and the environment is the canvas determined by space and time. Jackson sees unlimited potential in this medium. He asserts, “The techniques are endless. The world is your canvas. Anything you can imagine can be painted a million different ways.”

Visit My Modern Metropolis to view many more examples of Jeremy Jackson’s extraordinary light paintings.

Zero Gravity + Light Painting = Super Awesome

Awesome things are happening on the International Space Station (as usual). This time the awesomeness comes in the form of light paintings created in space by ISS Commander Dr. Koichi Wakata using a spinning toy called the “Spiral Top”.

The “Spiral Top” was developed by Dr. Takuro Osaka. You can check out more photos of the toy in action on on his website.

While we understand what light painting is, we prefer to thin that the astronauts on the ISS are developing super powers.

Keep an eye on Koichi Wakata’s Twitter feed for more wonders from the ISS.

[via Nerdcore and Geekosystem]

The folks at Twisted Sifter have assembled a mesmerizing collection of long-exposure photographs of ferris wheels in motion. Captured by the wide open eye of a camera, these bright, colourdul, and very familiar features of carnivals and amusement parks become gigantic kaleidoscopes frozen in time.

Here you see Kasai Rinkai Park in Tokyo, Japan by Les Taylor, the Carnegie Mellon Spring Carnival by Anirudh Koul, Family Kingdom at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina by Mike Foote, A county fair in Del Mar, California by Justin Brown, Jolimont, Melbourne, Australia by 2careles, the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, New York by Jordan Confino, and Asim Bharwanti’s photo of a ferris wheel on a pier in Santa Monica, California.

Visit Twisted Sifter to view even more.

Using the long exposure setting on his camera and an LED light, Pasadena, California-based artist Darren Pearson, aka Darius Twin (previously featured here), spends his nights creating awesome light paintings depicting a host of wonderful creatures which look like ghosts made of light. Each piece takes between two and five minutes to create.

Visit Guardian.co.uk to view more examples of Darren Pearson’s beautiful artwork.

[via Designboom and Guardian.co.uk]

Japanese photographer Yume Cyan shots awesome long exposure nighttime photographs of fireflies in a forested area near Nagoya City, Japan. 

"By keeping the camera’s shutter open at a low aperture Cyan captures every bioluminescent flash of each insect resulting in dotted light trails that criss-cross the frame."

The results are nothing short of magical. 

Head over to Colossal to view more of Yume Cyan’s enchanted forest photos.

The awesome neon waterfalls are part of an ongoing series entitled Neon Luminance, a collaboration between Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard at From the Lenz.

"The duo dropped high-powered Cyalume glow sticks in a variety of colors into various waterfalls in Northern California and then made exposures varying from 30 seconds to 7 minutes to capture the submerged trails of light as the sticks moved through the current. To accomplish some of the more complicated shots they strung several sticks together at once to create different patterns of illumination. For those of you concerned about pollution, the sticks (which are buoyant) were never opened and were collected at the end of each exposure, thus no toxic goo was mixed into the water."

Click here to view more images from this beautiful project.

[via Colossal]