Day 99: Green Cicada

by Ivan Steenkamp April. 13, 2017 1170 views


Another macro photo today! 

Because it is nearing winter temperatures there aren't many cicadas around our place. I was lucky to be given one by my youngest brother!

I wanted to photograph it on some fern leaves but it would not comply! It kept flying to the curtain. So I had to photograph it on that instead. 

I used my reverse rings and 50mm ƒ/1.8 lens to get a macro photo of this critter.

TIP: When you use an exposure mode that automatically adjusts your exposure such as Av/A, Tv/S and Program Auto, the camera will adjust the exposure to make naturally dark and light subjects/environments a neutral grey. This is not what you want most of the time. To get the right exposure for your subject/environment use the exposure compensation setting ( +/- EV button) and dial in +1 EV for light subjects and -1 for darker subjects. In this way you will achieve a natural looking exposure and avoid turning whites grey and blacks grey!

A green bug on on white lace. The bug has two eyes and a green body with gold flecks over it.

Metadata: D5300, Nikkor 50mm ƒ/1.8 G reverse mounted, unknown aperture, 1/250 sec, ISO-200.

Editing: Photoshop, Camera Raw, Color Efex Pro.


The name "Cicada" comes from the Latin, meaning "tree cricket."

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Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 6 months ago

They are creepy little shot!

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Ivan Steenkamp Replied to Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 6 months ago

Thank you!

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