The Cicada’s are coming out of their long hibernation in force and they are just about everywhere. The buzzing has started and as soon as you step outside, you’ll see them. I wanted to get a closer look at a few, so I clipped my Raynox Macro lens adapter to my 18-135mm lens, grabbed a flash and small softbox with TTL cable and mounted the camera on a small tabletop tripod to go in the backyard.
I didn’t get into focus stacking or anything like that. Shutter speed was 1/180, Aperture at f/13, ISO 400 and the flash was firing via a TTL cable into a small Rogue FlashBender softbox about 4 inches from the bug. Since the tabletop tripod sits 6″ off the ground, it was the perfect height.
On walking out of the backdoor of my house this afternoon, I noticed a Praying Mantis clinging to the bottom of the screen door. I quickly went back inside, grabbed my camera, lens, flash, TTL cable, tripod and a pair of macro extension tubes and set out to capture the little guy. Thankfully, he sat still while I got set up and eventually was shooting. It was difficult to get the focus just right, since I was very close to the bug and the depth of field was very thin, even at f/22. Since I haven’t yet ventured into focus stacking multiple shots yet, I’ve had to go with a very small aperture, at the risk of diffraction.
The Macro extension tubes I used were a cheap no-name brand I purchased on eBay. They are made just for the Fuji X mount and have pass through AF contacts. Considering the price, the build quality is alright and they work pretty well. To get into macro photography more though, I’ll need to learn a bit more about technique.
While the family was out in the backyard, I noticed this little guy crawling up the deck post. It seemed like a good time to try out the Macro function on the X-E1 with the 18-55mm. While I would have liked to get closer, it worked out surprisingly well.