Since summer began, our evenings have been serenaded by the never-ending hum of hundreds (if not thousands) of cicadas. We have several very large trees at the house that appear to be filled with the little critters. Looking around the outside of the house earlier this evening, I noticed an astonishing number of empty cicada shells.

The cicada shells are not only covering the brick of the house, but the remains of the cicadas are hanging from the gutters, covering our bushes, and are littered among the chain links on the fence enclosing our backyard.

I decided to break out the new Canon 5D Mark III DSLR camera and my 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens and snap a photo of one of the cicada shells against the brighter background of our neighbor’s yard.

I set the camera up on my tripod and set the shutter for a two-second delay. The delay prevents any movement from my finger pressing down on the shutter, and therefore ensures a nice, crisp photo; better than anything I could do holding the camera by hand.