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.