Walter Swett  

Davis' Dog Day Cicada by Walter Swett

October 2020 - Davis' Dog Day Cicada

October 2020 - Walter Swett


About the Image(s)

This Davis' Dog Day Cicada was found in my backyard and photographed with my handheld Nikon D750 with a Tamron 90mm macro lens, ISO 2000, f11, 1/80 with on camera flash. My goal was to capture the Cicada's patterns and colors.

Post processing was completed in Lightroom with the following changes:

Highlights -89
Shadows +33
Clarity +19
Dehaze +12
Vibrance +14
Saturation +4
Vignette -26

5 comments posted

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I have never seen such a detailed image of a cicada, nor did I realize how beautiful there are. That gold on them almost shimmers. I think you did a good job with your settings although even the head & eye appear to be a bit soft when you look closely. The only issue I have is that I wish the tail was more in focus and I wish there was something to be done about that triangular shadow on the right. That said, I still really enjoy the detail on this bug.   Posted: 10/11/2020 18:39:51
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Thanks for your feedback. I too was surprised to see the gold flecks and other patterns. I had never paid much attention to them before, but I guess it just goes to show that nature has so much beauty to offer if we only look for it. I agree with you about the softness of portions of the image.   Posted: 10/18/2020 12:24:02

David Blass   David Blass
Walter, you've been showing us the beauty of common creatures, a real treat. I agree with Janice's comments--it seems surprising that even at f/11 there are some areas of soft focus, but at such small distances the depth of field for any lens is really small.   Posted: 10/16/2020 16:38:57
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Thanks for your comments David. I wish I had had time to set up my tripod and taken a couple of additional shots to attempt a focus stack.   Posted: 10/18/2020 12:28:00

Kerry McFarlane
Walter cant add any more than has been commented other than to say I really enjoyed the image, a cicada never looked so good   Posted: 10/21/2020 02:38:34


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