The Cicada Files — Sept. 2019

For them not interested in reading, you can see the photos in THIS SmugMug Gallery.  

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the upper-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

For them who don’t know, that be a cicada. They are surprisingly wary of humans. Also, difficult to spot up in the trees. Also, difficult to photograph.

Well, maybe not; you’re gonna see a bunch of similar photos but I’m including them all here because . . . because . . . er . . . oh, yeah; because it’s what I do.

By the way, there’s only another week before the “C” stories voting closes. I suspect most people who had any intention of reading them have already done so, but just in case, you can vote for them HERE as well as find links to the stories so that — you know — you can read them before you vote. I mean, it sure would be nice if we could break the twenty votes barrier.

Anyway, cicadas. It had been many years since I’d seen one, so when I had the opportunity, I grabbed the D7500 and the P900, and went a-hunting. I mean, I could hear them, but when I would walk outside and head over to where I thought I’d heard them, silence.

The key is to stand still . . . except I took the opportunity to snap a photo of this Clouded skipper.

That’s a crop of a much larger photo so I’m happy with how it turned out.

But, back to cicadas . . . here is a photo without flash under a dark canopy with strong backlighting from Sol.

One of the reasons I picked the D7500 as opposed to the D500 is the onboard (pop-up) flash (the D500 doesn’t come with one because, you know, it’s a “prosumer” camera).

Here’s a small gallery of photos taken with the flash. I should mention these are all crops of larger photos.

Now, because I wasn’t sure how these would turn out, I also snapped a bunch with the P900. The quality (sharpness and clean lines) of the photos when viewed 1:1 are not there, but these are barely cropped. I think they look pretty good at this size (or even for the larger size if you click on them) but they lose a bit of detail if you go to SmugMug and view them at the original size.

Again, because they are fairly similar, I’m presenting them in a gallery. For them who don’t know, you have the option to view the larger version when viewing the gallery.

I also opted to shoot a couple of movies (fairly short). Remember to watch in HD:

OK, that’s a crappy video. Remember, I’m shooting hand-held. Maybe this next one is better (remember to switch to HD):

Those were taken with the P900. Here’s a short video from the D7500:

A few days later, I was in my drive when out of the corner of my eye, I watched a cicada land not six feet from me.

Very carefully, and making no sudden movements, I deployed my trusty Samsung Note 8 and snapped a couple of photos (these are also cropped; processed using Snapseed).

There was something odd about it.

Oh, I know . . . it had just died. I kid you not, it flew down and then must have decided it was time to end it all.

No longer in a hurry, I went and got my D7500 and snapped a few more photos.

Not being sure about the funereal habits of cicadas, I left it where it was. It sat there for a couple of days before it disappeared, either blown elsewhere by the wind or grabbed by some animal.

And, that’s the post . . . except I have Black and Gray and White versions of the above. I’ll randomly throw them in the gallery below.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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