1. Remember that scene from Avatar when hundreds of woodsprites laid on Jake Sully and Neytiri thought this was a sign that he has some sort of mythological importance?
3. Photographer Shaun Jeffers dedicated an entire year capturing these glow worms. Spending eight hours at a time in the caves, he said the illumination looks as vibrant in real life as what you can see in the photos.
“It’s quite surreal. Tourists will generally see them as little green lights similar to looking at a really starry sky. But spending hours in the cave, my eyes would adjust to the darkness,” Jeffers told BuzzFeed.
5. It’s his most challenging photographic project to date, from abseiling down a 35 metre hole to swimming with eels and setting up in the pitch black, chest-deep in cold water.
Jeffers achieved this shot above with the following settings:
Focal Length - 14mm
ISO - 1600
Aperture - f/2.8
Exposure time - 217 seconds
Noise reduction in camera processing - 217 seconds
“I was further back in the cave so I only stood in waist-deep water. I used a shutter release and stood really still to avoid disturbing the water.”