I tried, using standard gear, to take pictures of fireflies.
At first, my camera refused to take shots. Any shots.
So I tried changing lenses. On a small, rickety boat. In total darkness.
My boatmates were saying that God does not want me to take photos of fireflies.
I think it has more to do with science and my lack of understanding the gear.
A person from the computer age, I turned my camera off and on again, hoping it was the camera's RAM or Bus being clogged.
SLRs don't have RAMs and Buses.
Then it hit me. The fucking auto-focus! Fuck auto-focus!
So using my Blackberry as a torchlight, I switched to manual focus.
Finally, I was able to take photos.
Try taking pin-points of light in total darkness, with no tripod, on a boat, in total darkness.
All I got were splotches of light. Some photos are a maybe, but no Nat-Geo magazine submissions, I guess.
Some decent shots, but man I had to sweat for every single one.