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Macro Cinematography: A Cicada

June 2, 2011

I’ve been hit with the creative bug incessantly ever since the Nashville Cicada orgy began several weeks ago. (see what I did there?)

I’ve been meaning to get into macro cinematography and this was a great excuse (I’m actually not sure if that’s really a thing…either way it is now). I had to purchase a new reversing ring after upgrading my 50mm not too long ago. Got the ring in this week and took it out for a spin today. This is what I came up with:

I was surprised how much light I needed to make this work. With an aperture of f/16 and the addition of light robbing extension tubes I had to use a little bump in ISO here and there even on a bright and sunny day (shutter was 1/50). Also, since I’m not using bellows, my focus is controlled by BARELY moving the subject. I’m excited to try out other bugs, but with this setup the bug will need to be strapped down or dead. When filming nature this is probably not ideal.