Glow worm update

Yesterday I was contacted by the Observatoire des Vers Luisants that is the Observatory of glow worms.  I was asked if I would be willing to repeat my “Special Mission” looking for glow worms on the same route any day from yesterday until the weekend.  I happily agreed as I find glow worm searching fun.

glow worm on grass

This time we found 14!  Much more fun than the last negative survey we had made.

Close up glow worm

We had been asked to take photographs if possible.  That is not so easy!  My built in flash is all I have got and so Macro shots have too tight a field of focus.

Male approaches female

Kourosh resorted to his old Canon PowerShot SX210IS which leaves a small black mark on the photos (cut out here).  He managed to capture the winged male edging up the ivy leaf towards the female.

Glow worms Mating

And then mating.

We even found three glowing away in our front garden – but they did not count.  I wonder if it was the 15 mm. of rain that fell during thunderstorms Sunday night/ Monday morning?  Everything feels better now.

Any advice on taking photographs of glow worms would be appreciated.

 

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25 thoughts on “Glow worm update

    • I’ve just been checking that out and the Macro ring flashes are cheaper than I thought they were. Another thing for my “wish list”. (I know you meant torches but that’s the problem of the internet-temptation of things we didn’t know existed.) Amelia

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  1. Amelia, I use an LED head torch when on a g-w hunt…
    to avoid falling over objects, etc.
    I have used that before now when photographing night objects…
    and I have also stuck folded layers of greaseproof/tracing paper over the flash to reduce its output and diffuse the light…
    the great joy with that method is… film being free these days…
    is that you can experiment in comfort….
    a handful of vegetation in a beaker and a small object amongst the stems…
    stood on a table….
    that has worked fine for me
    with a glass of vino to assist focus, of course.
    All flashes differ… but, as a guideline, I found 16 layers gave manageable results…
    with my on-camera flash that is.
    If you then stick that to two cut-down plant labels…
    you can use Blu-Tac to mount the filter away from the flash…
    some of the light then bounces off, giving you still better control.
    Hope that helps…
    Tim

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      • Yes, much less…
        I forgot that you were using an SLR…
        your problem can be overcome by buying a TTL metered flash that fits in the hot-shoe…
        I have a Vivitar one… it has a clip on diffuser that you open upwards…
        that becomes a weak reflector…
        however, a bit of crumpled, then re-opened tinfoil wrapped around the reflector…
        sends almost all the light back downwards…
        when you angle the flashhead up, this downward reflection can be positioned quite accurately in front of the lens.

        LED Ring flashes are good… but give a very flat image…
        this can be overcome by obliterating… temporarily… some of the LEDs…
        this gives light from two thirds or so of the circle… and, as a result, a shadow!
        Thus lifting the picture…
        Hope that clarifies…
        Tim

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    • They are really worth the trouble of going and looking for them if you have any where you live. You need to go just after the sun has set. We often look at the stars then so it is easy to miss them on the ground. I have never seen fireflies, but I’d love to. Amelia

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    • I don’t know that one. My daughter remembered – I wish I were a glow worm, A glow worm’s never glum, ‘Cause how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum?! No class, our family. Amelia

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