This summer, we expect to have an explosion of cicadas – 17 years after the last time this brood was above ground. Since the last time they were around, their nymphs have been buried underground. Although it is unknown how or why they have such a long dormant time, it is precisely timed. So do not be alarmed if you are awakened by their loud buzzing later this summer! Being that the first time I remember this phenomenon was the summer before my wedding, I will have this strange date range in mind.
On this occasion, I found some cicadas sitting on large leaves in my garden. It was not moving at all even though I was adjusting my camera and flashes on stands. In this case, I used a macro lens to get the camera as close to the cicada as I could. Surprisingly, it did not move even as I got the flash and lens remarkably close to its face!
As can be seen in my 2020 Clematis flowers, my garden is growing beautifully this year! This is despite my very limited knowledge on how to grow anything out of the ground. When the blooms start to come out in Spring, I usually get a few photos. However, the quarantine keeping us at home gives me a new subjects to test some lighting setups.
During this shoot, I used my camera with two speedlight flashes. Although you see two speedlights here, only one was actually adding light to the photos. One was only used as a trigger for the off camera flash. While moving the lights around, I found that the small lights were nice to control what parts of the flowers were illuminated. After each photo, I could move either the flash or the camera with very slight movements. It produced a large set of varied images! I felt it was a productive way to spend a lock-down afternoon.
This post combines some of my favorites from the 2019 2nd Quarter Media at Tysons Corner Center. Since they have so many open spaces that are designed for showcases, there was a nice diversity over this year for their use. Although you do not think of a field of flowers in the middle of Tysons, the Field of Tulips pop up produced the experience. While it was there, this pop up had flowering tulips with replantable bulbs installed in Fashion Court. Additionally, more tulips were placed through other locations in the mall to bring a bit of Spring throughout.
On the Plaza, the Virginia Tourism LOVE letters were placed for a short time. Similarly to the Hollywood sign, the installation had layers of meanings. Some thought of it has a suggestion, some saw the state tourism motto, and some said it expressed their feelings for the community. It was a nice setting for the warming weather!