22.08.14 by Jeff

Takehito Miyatake


I’d seen this image floating around of lightning striking while a volcano is erupting but didn’t know who shot it, and I wasn’t even sure it was real. It was such an epic photo that I could actually hear the theme song to Highlander as I stared at it. It had to be real.

It is real, and thanks to Spoon and Tamago, I can tell you the photographer is Takehito Miyatake. It appears a lot of his work involves capturing the wild natural light of Japan. Take a look at some more images below!

takehito-miyatake01Genji botaru fireflies around a small bridge over the Shimanto River.


takehito-miyatake02Firefly squid surfacing in the Spring.


takehito-miyatake03Hime botaru fireflies.


takehito-miyatake07Volcanic lightning over the Sakurajima eruption.


takehito-miyatake05The Milky Way and the lights of fireflies.


takehito-miyatake06Moonlight on a waterfall.


Takehito Miyatake’s Website

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Flick

    I wasn’t aware that fireflie’s light could be captured with a camera. I remember trying that and could never get an image. I wonder what he’s using.

    • I would imagine he’s got his shutter open for ages, is using a very high ISO and as wide open aperture as possible.

      • Flick

        Idk maybe multiple exposures? I feel like the scene and sky would be super blown out if you left it open for too long to try to get this in one shot.

      • Multiple exposures could do it too, you’re probably right. Wow, it’s so crazy beautiful whatever he’s done :D

      • ya these are really long exposures for sure

      • I’m thinking Flick has a point about multiple exposures for the fireflies

  • These are each so striking and stunning. Breathtaking work. Thank you so much for finding and sharing the artist.

  • acg149

    are these available for downloads or purchase? they are stunning.

  • Kelli Jerome


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