Cicada wing

Cicada wing

8 week online workshop
lesson 1
Topic 2

Playing around with the different settings on my camera and this photo stood out the most to me. I like the look of concentration on my daughter’s face as she is staring at the cicada wing she has just fished out of the pool. Aperture Priority – ISO400, f.5.6, 1/4000. I forgot to reduce the ISO to 100 so the pic could do with being a bit lighter….I think.


I'm a Sydney mum to 2 gorgeous girls and am pregnant with my 3rd daughter, who will join us at the end of March. I'm keen to learn more about capturing the best shots of my children and am excited to be learning how to use my camera.


  1. I love the look on her face and the colours in this. Having the background blurred really makes her stand out. I wonder if Robyn could suggest a way to make the cicada wing stand out more as it is hard to see? (mind you, it is a cicada wing, not something very easy to spot anyway!)

  2. Yes, that’s a trick with ISO. You need to check 🙂 I have been known to get part way through a bright sunny day shoot and realise I still had my ISO on 800 from an indoors shoot the day before. Luckily the camera is smart enough in Aperture or Shutter priority to work it out (pretty much) and you’ll still get a good exposure.
    We’ll start doing a few photo editing tips shortly so you’ll learn how to brighten up an image a little. It’s a nice photo – she looks intrigued!

  3. I’m so glad to hear that a professional does that too!

  4. Siobhan it would be tricky without getting a lot closer. There are a few little editing tricks that might help a little but unless you knew it was there, it would be difficult to make out the tiny little wing

  5. To be honest…it’s only when I looked at this photo on the computer and I could see more clearly what it was that she was looking at that I realised there was a cicada wing and then I remembered her talking about it. You sure have to think on your feet about settings, focus, composition etc when taking photos of kids….the moment passes so very quickly!

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