Monday, June 13, 2011

Drowning Cicada #1 & #2

Recently, a common event in our back yard is a cicada plowing into our swimming pool, buzzing for a bit, then drowning.  Tonight I had a macro lens and ring flash on hand to record this guy's last chirp.  In this shot, the his wings are beating hard and fast are causing quite a bit of turbulence.  This picture is a little soft, but, in my defense, I was leaning over the edge of the pool in the dark with $3,000 of camera gear, manually focusing a 105mm Micro-Nikkor racked all the way out.

And finally, the cicada makes one more effort to take off before being claimed by the pool skimmer.  Both shots were processed to simulate the recently departed Kodachrome 64 Professional.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 D
Exposure: ISO 200, f/11 @ 1/60s, Flash WB, RAW
Lighting: Ring Flash 
Support: Handheld
Location: Grand Center Artists' Studios
Dates: Capture - June 13, 2011, Processed - June 13, 2011
Processing: Lightroom 3.3, Photoshop CS5, Nik HDR Efex, Nik Color Efex Pro

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