I found a large but very dead cicada in our carport yesterday so decided to use it to experiment with some extreme macro photography and focus stacking. Here’s one of the results. As far as I can tell from some internet sleuthing, this is a Texas Dog-day Cicada (Tibicen texanus) which is supposedly common around the Austin area.
The image was taken using a 60mm macro lens with 21mm extension tube and lit by the modeling lights of my Flashpoint MF-12 macro flash system. The OM-1’s in-camera focus bracketing generated 15 frames that I then stacked and blended in Photoshop to give this result.
For the technically inclined...
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