One of the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders’ all-time favorite things is bioluminescence (previously featured here). For a dazzling series entitled The Weeping Stones, Japanese photographers Trevor Williams and Jonathan Galione of Tdub Photo have perfected a method of photographing bioluminescent shrimp (Vargula Hilgendorfii) native to Japanese waters.
Also known as Sea-fireflies or “umihotaru,” the shrimp only grow to a mere 3mm long and live in shallow sea water and sand, emerging at night to feed near the shore.
“In order to group such a large number of sea fireflies, or Vargula Hilgendorfii, together Williams and Galione had to collect the creatures by luring them with raw bacon into jars and repositioning their tiny bodies on the rocks. Photographing and placing the bioluminescent shrimp next to the shore ensured that the photographers did not harm them, and allowed them to quickly return the animals back to the water below.”
Click here to learn more about how Tdub’s sea-firefly photography technique.