A Domestic Honey Bee working hard among clusters of autumn blooming Michealmus Daisies.

The relationship between flowering plants and their pollinators is so intimate that, should the pollinator populations decline (or worse yet, go extinct), the impact on their plant associates would be immediate and profound. Because pollinators are species upon which the lives of so many other species depend, they are regarded as “keystone species”. Pollinators are thus essential to the stability of the global ecosystem itself. In fact, without pollinators, life on planet Earth would be very difficult.

Not only are our native plants dependent upon pollinators for their continued existence, but so are our crops. Eighty percent of the world’s crop species, including food, beverage, medicine, dye, and fiber crops, rely on animal pollinators.


Taken on Sept 23/11 at 10:26am on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera, Canon 40D
Lens, Tamron 90 f/2.8 lens, with Tamron 1.4 X’s teleconverter attached that equals 126 mm.
Tripod, Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead.
Taken at, 1/640’s at f/5.0, + 1/3 ev, 126 mm, man white bal 6500 kelvin, iso 800. No cropping. Histogram adjustment in Lightroom3. In PhotoshopCS2, I did a hue change to the background on the right side. I than tweaked the photo via layers, including color dodge 12%, Screen layer of 15 %, as well as color/hue adjustments on the purple and yellows. Lastly I sharpened, via lab mode, lightness channel, unsharp mask (amount 35, radius 5, threshold 3).

Note, I was attempting to capture bees and or other insects, not necessarily in close with my macro lens, but more so within their environment. At the same time I chose a shallower dof to create a more dreamy feel to the available morning light.


  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 3 years ago

    super , how do you like Tamron 1.4 X’s teleconverter?

  • Awe,…thank you so much Luda! I love theTamron 1.4X’s teleconverter, as it doesn’t degrade image quality like the 1.7 & 2X’s teleconverters do. The Tamron 1.4 X’s was also rated higher than the Canon Teleconverter for better image quality when I was doing the research to figure out which way to go. : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Sandy!!

  • Awe,…thank you so kindly Marvin! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Russell Couch
    Russell Couchover 3 years ago

    Wonderful macro shot !!!

  • Thank you so kindly Russell! I was using my macro lens, but I wasn’t actually concentrating on using it to get as close as I normally would to my subjects. Instead, I was concentrating more on creating an image to include more of the subject’s environment, as well as a dreamier effect using a more shallow dof. : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 3 years ago

    Thank you for info

  • You are always welcome Luda! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you for accepting it! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    A wonderful macro, Sandy. Beautiful colour contrasts and details. Tis the time of year!
    I use the Tamron 2X and don’t have any issues with image quality, except the DOF is about a millimetre! :o)

  • Thank you for your kind words Mike! The only time you will really notice image degradation is when you do side by side tests. The higher the magnification the more image degradation you get. I’ve personally done side by side tests via teleconverter attached and not attached to lens and even with the 1.4X’s teleconverter, there is a difference in photo quality. You can find visual tests online even! Many kind thanks again Mike! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    I know. I only use it with my Sigma 17 to 70. On the other lenses it’s hopeless! :o)

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Sandu

  • Thank you Andrea! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenover 3 years ago

    What a beautiful and colorful capture!!! An instant fave, Sandy~Lynn

  • Awe,….thank you so much Lynn! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 3 years ago

    Beautiful, Sandy ! :)

  • Thank you so kindly Stan! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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