While at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory I noticed a few unusual insects on some of the foliage and took some close-up images of them with a Nikon 1 J5, 1 Nikon 30-110 mm and MOVO extension tubes. I followed up with the folks at the conservatory and discovered that the insects were leafhoppers.
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At first glance I thought the insects were grasshoppers, but they weren’t the least bit skittish.
I was able to get my Nikon 1 J5 quite close to them without any problem so they made excellent photo subjects.
The only real challenge was having to extend my reach over the railing and not losing my balance and tumbling over the barrier.
I tried a few different apertures from f/4.5 to f/8 to see how depth-of-field would be impacted.
I kept my shutter speed to a minimum of 1/160 to help ensure decently sharp images.
Apparently these leafhoppers were not intended to be display specimen as they are local insects that infiltrated into the facility. The staff does their best to keep them under control and must remain vigilant in that regard.
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