Pauline Jaffe  

Cicada by Pauline Jaffe

June 2021 - Cicada

About the Image(s)

Brood X cicadas have emerged after 17 years and I live at ground 0, close to Washington D.C. where they are the most numerous.
The noise over the past week outside has been almost deafening. Reports say that when a bunch of Brood X men get together, their chorus can reach 105 decibels ” louder than a lawn mower. They may call to find others of their species, or to sound an alarm, but mostly they are trying to attract females.

I took this image with my Nikon 5600 camera and my new Laowa Macro 2.8 lens

5 comments posted

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
How exciting to get to experience the cicadas though living with them may be another story. This is a nice composition and your macro lens has done a good job of blurring the background. My only criticism is that I wish the cicada was sharp. Macro photography is difficult and I'm assuming you had to use manual focus. I see that parts of the wing are sharper but given that this is a portrait of the bug, in my opinion the head needs to be sharp.   Posted: 06/09/2021 17:03:57

Nicole Asselborn   Nicole Asselborn
how are to be close to this once in 17 year phenomenon.I understand they were late this year .The bug is a great subject,colorful and strange ,I might have backed off a bit to get the whole cicada ..this would also get it in focus ...despite the fact that they likely move a lot   Posted: 06/09/2021 20:41:32

Walter Swett   Walter Swett
I think this is a great subject with all the colors and textures. I like how you have placed the subject at an angle in the frame. In my opinion, the point of focus should be the eye, but to me, it seems the POF is the shoulder leaving the eye a little soft. Have you considered trying to burn down the highlight in the center on the background and limb?   Posted: 06/12/2021 09:09:43

Kerry McFarlane
What an amazing creature with all the colour and textures. I like your composition, and the colour pallet but feel your focus is a little off, with the wing being sharpest section of the image. Having the eye sharp I feel would have made the image stronger. Macro is not easy and you have manage a nice image   Posted: 06/13/2021 17:08:22

Frank St-Pierre   Frank St-Pierre
I hadn't seen a cicada yet, so thanks for the opportunity. I agree that the eye should be the focus point, especially since you have a nice gleam of light on this one. If the scientists predictions are true about the 17 year cycle, then you should have millions more opportunities...   Posted: 06/17/2021 17:29:10


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