A few years ago whilst living in Katoomba, Cicadas emerged by the thousands in our backyard. We had a large Oak tree and some Crab Apples that were a perfect staging ground for the Cicadas.
This truly is an amazing evolutionary process to witness. The Cicadas bore their way out of the ground and climb the nearest tree, erupting from their laval stage to inflate their wings. Finally they await the first light of the new day before launching into the air to take their fist flight, hopefully before the marauding birds snatch them up for a delicious meal.
These images were taken handheld with my Canon 60D utilising my 24-105mm lens. I needed to set up flashes as most of the images were taken between 8pm and 10pm (4-6 hours after sunset). Three Aputure Trigmasters were used. One as the control master on-camera to fire the two remotes. The remotes were attached to flashes on tripods with umbrellas to soften the light. I also needed a flash light (that I tied to one of the tripods) in order to see what I was focussing on.
In all I took about 400 photos over two nights and ended up with some unique images.