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Fine art photography book about fireflies, lightning bugs, and glow-worms.
Fine art photography book about fireflies, lightning bugs, and glow-worms.
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Firefly Experience - A Photo Book By Radim Schreiber

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As I walk, in the middle of the night, through the quiet forest, I feel its magic and its mystery. Fireflies glow all around me - I feel alive and grateful. They communicate with me. I listen. This is my Firefly Experience...  

Hello, my name is Radim Schreiber and I am a professional nature photographer and cinematographer. I became inspired by the beauty of glowing fireflies when I came to the United States of America for college. I grew up in the Czech Republic where fireflies are very rare. In 20 years, I had seen them only once. They have always intrigued me and the abundance of them in the United States inspired me to photograph them.

For the past nine years, I have spent countless evenings and night hours photographing fireflies. I crawled in ditches and swamps, getting attacked by mosquitoes and chiggers in my striving to catch exceptional photographs of fireflies, in their natural habitat, without digital manipulation or, needless to say, supplemental lighting. My photographs have been awarded by renowned international photography competitions, such as:

2015 – Smithsonian Photo Contest – 1st place  
2012 – National Geographic Photo Contest – Finalist
2011 – National Wildlife Photo Contest – 1st place
2011 – Smithsonian Photo Contest – 1st place
2011 – International Garden Photographer of the Year  - 2nd place
2009 – The Rainforest Alliance Photo Contest – Grand Prize
2008 – The Rainforest Alliance Photo Contest – Grand Prize

Firefly Experience Book:

I have collected my best photographs from the last nine years, some of them never published before, and designed a hardcover coffee table book with exceptional quality that I am very proud of. Among many firefly photographs, lightning bugs, and other bioluminescent creatures, I have included additional information about the photographs, stories and some basic information about fireflies. And guess what, the book cover glows in the dark!

Fund-Raising:

I am fund-raising money to cover a portion of the cost of self-publishing 1000 books. I am grateful for your support. Your support will not only help me to pay for the books, but also support me to pursue my dream as an fulltime artist. Please share my campaign  with your friends. The book is getting printed as we speak with expected delivery before Christmas 2017.

Thank you for your support!!! <3
Radim

Inside the book
Inside the book

 

gold foil stamping on the cover wrapped in fabric
gold foil stamping on the cover wrapped in fabric

 

Book Contents
Book Contents

 

Amber Firefly
Amber Firefly

 

Clover Moon
Clover Moon

More about the book:

Up-close and uniquely personal, like never seen before, this exquisite fine art book showcases the glowing beauty of fireflies, as seen through the lens of the award-winning nature photographer, Radim Schreiber. This is a collection of hauntingly beautiful photographic portraits of fireflies, lightning bugs, glow worms, and other bioluminescent creatures in their natural environment, captured in Iowa, the Smoky Mountains National Park, and other locations around the United States. Firefly Experience takes the viewer into mysterious realms, offering marvelous photography on every page. The images are accompanied with informative detail and personal anecdotes.

  • 10" x 10" coffee-table photo book
  • Hardcover 
  • Glow-in-the-Dark cover 
  • 108 pages plus introduction
  • 108 firefly photographs
The Reflections
The Reflections

 

Glow-in-the-Dark cover
Glow-in-the-Dark cover

Reviews:

 "The magic of fireflies shines out from every page of this breathtaking book." - Sara Lewis, author of Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies  

"With this photo book, Radim grasps the almost divine beauty of nature's living lights." 
- Raphaël De Cock, Ph.D., AssociateFirefly Researcher at University of Antwerp & World Music artist, Belgium
 

Firefly and Moon
Firefly and Moon

 

As Above So Below
As Above So Below

 

 

Path to Heaven
Path to Heaven

 

Me and my family visiting The Smoky Mountains National Park to photograph synchronous fireflies
Me and my family visiting The Smoky Mountains National Park to photograph synchronous fireflies

Please visit my website www.FireflyExperience.org for more information about my photographs and videos, and also about metal prints of the photographs.

I would like to also invite you to watch my Firefly Experience video:

 Short Movie - Firefly Experience

Risks and challenges

The book is completed, I have finished the design, layout, and proofreading and editing of all text, and even reviewed first advance copies of the book. The book is now being produced and printed. While the company I am working with to produce the book is US based, the actual printing process takes place in China. This is where the majority of books that are printed in large quantities are produced. The paper from the book is produced from sustainably harvested wood.

The only foreseeable risks and challenges that could potentially delay delivery of the final product to you would be related to the shipment of the books overseas (ie. a customs inspection that delays the containers), or if there were an error in the printing process that warranted a reprint of the books to be done. In the case of such delays, you will be notified at once and given updates on the status of the books as often as I receive them from the print lab.

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    Every Little Bit Helps!

    Thank you for your support! You will be subscribed to the Firefly Experience quarterly e-mail list, and have access to several hi-res firefly desktop wallpapers.

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    PDF Digital Book

    You will receive a high-quality digital version of the Firefly Experience book in a digital PDF format. You can choose one of the languages:

    English (December 2017)
    Japanese (December 2017)
    German (Early 2018)
    Czech (Early 2018)
    Spanish (Early 2018)

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    One Book

    Receive one Firefly Experience book at Kickstarter lower rate, signed and numbered. Expected retail $59. $5 savings. Free shipping in the US.

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    Two Books (or more)

    Get two Firefly Experience books, signed and numbered. Expected retail for two books $118. A savings of $20. Free shipping in the US.

    Want more than two books? Just add $54 to your pledge for each additional book and $39 extra for each extra book shipped internationally.

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    16"x 24" metal print AND one book

    Get a beautiful ready-to-hang metal print AND one signed and numbered book. Choose an image from my website's store. Free Shipping in the US. Savings $54.

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    24"x 36" Metal Print AND Two Books

    Make a statement in your house with a large 24"x36" ready to hang Metal Print (Your choice of image!) and the signed Firefly Experience Photo Book! Retail Value $768. $118 Savings!

    Would you like a larger size? Just add to your pledge an additional amount equaling to my retail price in my store, and I will include three signed and numbered books. Savings of $177. Free shipping in the US.

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    Firefly Photography Workshop

    I invite you to a one day, two nights photography workshop that I have never offered before. Since this is a one-on-one personal class, your photography skill level is not important. I will show you my favorite spots to photograph, and dedicate my time to teach you about photography techniques, how to best photograph fireflies, and spend one day teaching you how to process the photographs. You are responsible for all expenses associated with travel and accommodations.

    You can choose from two locations:
    1) End of June 2018, Fairfield Iowa, focusing on firefly macro and landscape techniques.

    2) The first week of June 2018, Smoky Mountains National Park, TN - firefly festival, synchronous fireflies.

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    Glow-in-the-Dark Artwork

    I will create one of a kind large format 48" x 32" photograph, hand painted with a Glow-in-the-Dark substance that glows for 8 hours. The photograph is titled "Gathering of Souls" (which is the photo on the book cover) and has won 1st place in the Smithsonian Photography Contest. Please allow me 1 year to produce this photograph. This is a project I have had on my mind but haven't had time to do yet. Three books included by December this year. Free shipping in the US.

    If you have purchased this photograph in the past, I will exchange it for this one, and credit you original cost.

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    One Book - Early Bird Pricing

    Receive one Firefly Experience book at the early bird rate of only $49. Hand signed and Numbered. Expected retail $59. A savings of $10. Free shipping in the US.

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