Insectarium with Extension Tubes

If you’re planning a trip to the Saanich Peninsula in British Columbia, you may want to consider including a visit to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Among other things, the facility has a new insect display. This article features a small selection of images captured at Insectarium with Vello Deluxe Extension Tubes for Nikon 1.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 62mm, efov 167mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-3200, Vello Deluxe Extension Tubes

The display area is compact but quite interesting nonetheless. All of the various insects are housed in glass display cases. If you plan on using a regular telephoto zoom lens or perhaps a macro lens and photographing some distance away from the glass surface, a polarizing filter could be helpful.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 64mm, efov 173mm, f/5.6, 1/10, ISO-3200, Vello Deluxe Extension Tubes

Since I was shooting hand-held in available light I did need to take a few images of the spider above before I was able to get a usable image. My single AF point was on one of the spider’s front legs in the middle of the frame. Shooting at 1/10 significantly challenged my hand-holding technique with my Nikon 1 J5.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 57mm, efov 154mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-3200, Vello Deluxe Extension Tubes

Getting a good angle on some of the subjects was a creative exercise in itself and I did make two rounds of the display cases to see if any of the insects had moved into better shooting positions.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 53mm, efov 143mm, f/8, 1/25, ISO-3200, Vello Deluxe Extension Tubes

Some of the insects on display have incredible, natural camouflage and were quite hard to find in the display cases.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 51mm, efov 138mm, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO-3200, Vello Deluxe Extension Tubes

I enjoyed watching the leaf cutter ants scurrying along branches in their display case, and demonstrating their feats of strength. All in all it was good fun to spend a bit of time capturing images in this section of the Victoria Butterfly Gardens.

Technical Note:
All images were captured hand-held in available light using a Nikon 1 J5 and a 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 zoom lens, with Vello Deluxe Extension Tubes. All photographs in this article were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO OpticsPro 11, CS6 and the Nik Collection.

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