I recently purchased a set of Movo extension tubes for Nikon 1 and I went out today to the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory to do a bit of fieldwork for my corresponding review. In the process of doing that work I was able to capture some unusual images that I thought I’d share with readers in advance of my extension tube review.
As many of you know I like to push things a bit from time to time and after a bit of shooting at the Conservatory I decided to link all three Movo Extension tubes together (10 mm, 16 mm, 21 mm) to see what would happen. Well…it ended up being quite an interesting couple of hours and I was able to capture a few images of butterflies feeding.
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The tightly wound tongue of a butterfly unfurls into a good length just before it begins to feed as you can see in the above image.
It can be a bit of a challenge to capture butterflies inserting their tongues down inside a flower as the action happens very quickly and the butterflies are often fluttering about quite rapidly while feeding. As they land their tongues dart out and down into their target flower.
Sometimes they keep their wings beating aggressively which can necessitate a bit faster shutter speed.
It helps to try to anticipate the movements of a butterfly on a flower as some of the more interesting images tend to be front views of them feeding.
I was able to capture a few images of nectar and pollen on their tongues as you can see in the image above, and in the one below.
Luck was with me a couple of times and the odd butterfly was reasonably calm and stationary when feeding which allowed me to capture some additional images as you can see in the series below.
On rare occasions a butterfly will spend up to 10 seconds on a single flower bud with their tongues fully inserted inside. At times it almost looks like an additional leg.
I tried as best I could to get some natural side lighting on some of the subject butterflies as it can add a bit of drama to an image as you can see in the photograph below.
In the image below you can see how the butterfly’s tongue retracts with the nectar and pollen attached to it.
Using extension tubes with Nikon 1 gear is a great way to get some ‘up close and personal’ images of butterflies.
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