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Today’s Post by Lowell Padgett

Each morning for several days in May I’d go out on my deck and take photo of the cicadas, noisy little creatures that invaded and delighted me. I quickly discovered it is difficult to get good detailed and rich colors of them. Tip: You must avoid direct sunlight. Their wings become like mirrors and you lose color and detail.


I was surprised to learn they had different temperaments. Some will quickly scurry away as you slowly approach them while others remain calm and still as you get close enough to almost touch them with the camera.

cicada2The above image is my favorite photograph of the cicadas. It was made using a Nikon CoolPix P-510 in close-up mode with an exposure of 1/250 sec at f/6.4 and ISO 400. The Nikon P-510 was hand held and I had to bend over and place the camera almost against the cicada to make the shot. I’ve since added a Nikon P530 to my collection.

(Ed Note: Lowell Padgett is a long time reader of Shutterbug magazine, a fine photographer and a Southern Gentleman. I would like to thank him for today’s contribution. If you are a photographer and would like to contribute a similar “how I made this shot” blog post, click the Contact button at the top of the page and tell me about it.)

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