This picture was taken at the St. Vincent Botanic Gardens in Kingstown. They are the oldest botanical gardens in the Caribbean and were originally established in 1763.
To achieve this picture I used a fast shutter speed and a wide aperture to get the flower in focus and make the lilies blurred. The original image was much wider but I cropped down to leave just the main points of interest.
This picture is different from my usual posts as I have not submitted a nature photo before. I hope you like it.
I have also added a second pic on the same theme:
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anakin (2775) 2004-11-13 11:57
Joder es fantastica !!!
Great photo, magnificent colors, love it very much !
well done Jonathan
khmelins (960) 2004-11-13 12:00
Amazing tones of blue, some petals are like cristal. Fantastic!
And the green background is very good.
venne (2759) 2004-11-13 12:02
Very nice shot! Usully we see only one bee and there they are three. Bravo for this superb image. Your colors are so beautiful.
alainh (35583) 2004-11-13 12:20
tres jolie photo !
couleurs fantastiques, mouvement des abeilles.
vraiment tres bien joué.
snuggleaphagus (4146) 2004-11-13 14:59
Beautiful photo, the colors are vibrant and full of nature's glory. The sharpness is magnificent and the details just fantastic.
VERY VERY well done.
ChristianS (2997) 2004-11-13 16:45
Very nice photo Jonathan, the colours are brilliant, the details is so clear and sharp. Nice contrast between the flower and the green background. Well captured!
marcelo_gomes (517) 2004-11-13 17:10
What colors and sharpness!!! Very very good. And it´s a great capture all this bees...
windancer (205) 2004-11-13 18:56
Jonathan, macro photos are a bit of a passion of mine and your's is fantastic. I like the fast shutter speed to get those bees included. Perhaps a fraction faster would have been even better to get that one bee nearest the lily in greater focus. The colours are splendid and make the shot attractive. The bees make it interesting!
coasties (0) 2004-11-13 21:29
I wish I could give you more points. This is absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing.
paco (264) 2004-11-14 5:36
Beautiful, colors are splendid and make the shot very attractive. You have got here a perfect DOF, flower is very sharp and clear, perfect!!. For bees, they are out of focus, but I know it's so difficult to freeze them, you may have tried an even faster shutter speed to see. Anyway very nice macro, well done
carper (96) 2004-11-14 6:18
I adore self also macro photos an I find this a good one, One where you can be proud on, because I know how differcult it good be to take a good photo from flying insect, the photo and th colours are veruy nice, very good job.
oochappan (16688) 2004-11-14 13:33
Flowers are not so good in the market here hé Jonathan but this one is really sharp and deep blue colored towards a nice out of focus green background. Your focus distance was really messured for the flower itself. Perfect for TF (TrekFlower).
coucie (216) 2004-11-14 14:51
WOW! I found your pictures just amazing! I like very much the contrast and the composition of this scene. Bravo!
scalerman (26900) 2004-11-14 17:22
Weasle, I must say you have one of the most eclectic styles on TE. This is a macro gem.
alimo3 (6854) 2004-11-14 17:30
congratulation for this picture .
i like the composition and those incredible colors.
usually i am not a fan of nature an macro but your picture is really special.
edji (1368) 2005-01-12 19:32
Very nice. The sharpness is very great and the colors too. You were really fast to catch the bee in flight.
Ramonven (126) 2005-01-20 10:11
What a beautifull colors!! I think you have did a very good job here! Take care:) Ramon
maurazos (0) 2005-01-20 10:17
Impressive colours and unique moment! Impossible to imitate, at least by me! Congratulations and regards.
PSYOPS (0) 2005-01-20 10:40
I saw too many pictures of bees and flower like this, but this one is my favorite.
Thanks for sharing.
caliane (610) 2005-03-10 15:27
congratulations.. this picture is realy special! well done :)
lcask (591) 2005-03-10 16:04
Good composition and colours!
Cormac (26563) 2005-04-24 1:16
Love the vivid colors and the bees. Great shot!
tarta (327) 2005-06-27 6:52
Absolutely incredible image, for colours, definition and contrast. I like it a lot. Very good work & thanks for sharing it.
chappy77 (306) 2005-09-13 16:47
Amazing action shot! :-) The colours are so amazing and sharp.
sergio1 (12152) 2005-09-29 6:13
Espectacular toma. El color está genial y la definición muy buena. Buena trabajo.
jrleborgne (1554) 2005-09-29 6:19
simply splendid !
Teten (582) 2005-09-30 9:33
Wow jon, amazing shoot, you got a really beautiful picture, great colours, perfect speed and good frame. Well done!!
klyee75 (778) 2005-10-04 21:09
Good captured and nice background. Beautiful, colors are splendid and make the shot very attractive. You have got here a perfect DOF, flower is very sharp and clear
rabani (9645) 2005-10-19 21:22
Capturing just about anything in motion or in action, at work pretty much a lot more interesting and informative than just simply still.Focusing is sharp here and the backlighting so defining the petals.The blurred bees coasting to land around the lily just add that more interest.
rajhema (1871) 2005-11-04 16:07
Remarkable textures and colors. The flower is very sharp and perfect subject. Fantastic picture. It goest into my favourites.
crystal69 (309) 2005-12-02 0:06
Mr.Jonathan you took realy nice shot with color and sharpness.
ayobami (1353) 2005-12-07 8:50
Wow! Great shot, I love the motion of the bees that you've captured yet the perfect detail and focus on the flower. Great colours and wonderful image overall!
rjacobson (0) 2005-12-23 16:17
Bonjour, beautiful photo for sure.
Nick674 (58) 2005-12-23 16:23
Beautiful, looks like there's a little fire inside. Very well captured...Nick
benkrut (2407) 2006-01-09 1:10
Absolutely amazing... I don't know probalbly enough words in English to describe how I like this picture.
anew (582) 2006-02-19 13:17
Perfection...frozen in time...
Albrecht (11281) 2006-03-01 9:33
Great shot and very well timed with good DOF and beautiful colours.Well captured moment.
melody_garden (170) 2006-03-25 17:39
It's really enjoyable to see this photo. Pretty good work! Sharp and neat and vivid...marvellous! The lily is very well captured. And three bees came at the same time is just amazing! I was always trying to get a dynamic plant shot such as bird and bees within, but found it really difficult.
Anyway, congratulations for this nice shot and TFS, good night,
stazek (59) 2006-03-25 18:08
veronika (6052) 2006-04-05 10:01
hi Jonathan, lovely picture! i dont like insect too much,but here it is different,wonderful! :)
dipankar_24 (46) 2006-04-21 2:07
Excellent shot, vibrant colors & sharpness makes it a beautiful frame.
great shot & thanks for sharing.
MLINES (12516) 2006-05-12 0:30
Wellcaught moment in the life of the flower. The clarity of the bees is surprisingly good. Well displayed. Murray.
abulafia (4900) 2006-05-26 6:02
what a great close up of the busy bees.
The colours on the flower are great. It is a good choice to make the flower the focus point, and then just let the bees be a little blurred.
Mistral (15402) 2006-06-17 14:31
it's a great pic!
I use the same equipment but, sure, I'm not able to get such cleanless and sharpness of image. What's your secret, then?
chaity (1539) 2006-08-19 3:22
Hi Janathan, saw this photo in TE main page and the colors just attracted me. Good colors with the blur background.
branley (3681) 2006-08-19 14:25
stunning photograph, vibrant colours, sharp & detailed. What more can I say.....fantastic.
rajiv_077 (1412) 2006-08-24 7:39
Just amaging shot, I never see this type of shot.
iGirl (1223) 2006-08-30 11:26
Hi Jonathan, beautiful selective focus, nice vivid colors, great sharpness and lighting! I like how the three bees sort of form a curving line leading my eye into the flower. Thanks for sharing!
ruisc_pt (10890) 2006-09-23 9:07
Well Everything is said...
Waht will happened with the highest speed possible :)?
crettaz (2767) 2006-10-02 2:11
Très belle photo. Les couleurs sont vraiement extraordinaires et la netteté sur la plante est impressionante. Du grand art !
waidas (130) 2006-10-04 8:34
So impressive image !
janajda (16) 2006-11-03 14:30
I think, that it´s really nice shot!! I like it
Iuli (838) 2006-11-03 16:11
Straight to my favorites. I hope you won't mind for not getting anything else out of me. This shot is just perfect.
AnaFrantz (636) 2006-11-12 17:57
Amazing shot, colours and definitions are just surreal! Bravo
Sp7 (183) 2006-11-29 10:22
Excellent work. The colour, the flying bees everything. just perfect. regars silvio
uccia84 (720) 2006-12-10 16:52
bella macro..bei colori..complimenti !
zumoduvas (2069) 2007-02-23 17:49
Excellent picteure, nice composition and colors.
amell (26) 2007-03-19 22:23
beautiful capture... GORGEOUS COLORS!!!
Emiel_Skyfreak (3002) 2007-06-11 8:27
Wonderful photo with a very well working DOF. The colours are absolutely sublime, the different tones of purple on the flower are very nice. High grade of detail with fine sharpness. Good composition and crop with the flower slightly off center. I like the motion blur on the bees. Very well performed macro shot!
sreeharig (211) 2007-07-19 9:32
mikeo (12129) 2007-07-25 14:21
capicua (4) 2007-07-26 19:11
Out of this world!
Ivolo (36) 2007-08-24 13:34
Rien de plus
Felicitations les plus sincéres
neruda (4626) 2007-08-25 11:40
Hi, Great colors, sharpnes and minimal DOF.
I like so much it..
mcenteesalas (1618) 2007-09-02 3:52
WOW wonderful shot, such a good clarity, very professional, well done and thanks for sharing.
picardo (2459) 2007-10-09 15:09
simply fantastic.. everything is perfect!.
bigric (2873) 2007-11-19 15:52
Just the flower on its own is beautiful let alone having the bees as well.
sweet_universe (1697) 2008-06-10 10:45
Very very good definition.
chirasak (2) 2008-06-15 7:59
very nice picture perfect focus and three little bees, plus blur background you have great shot
cerenguven (204) 2008-07-23 22:26
woooww! very nice shot. Thank you for sharing it.
Recently, many scientists are saying that bees are getting lost because of different reasons such as global warming, toxic chemicals, etc. A few days ago, on National Geographic channel I watched a program which was about bees getting lost. I learned about something strange and funny. I think it was in China, a part of it, all the bees got lost and villagers created "Manual Pollination System". Yes, that's true! They were doing bees job. One by one they were doing pollination to the flowers on the fruit trees. Villagers were saying it's a very hard job and they don't know for how long they can continue doing it. A person can manually do it approximetly to 30 trees but only one bee can do it to hundreds of trees. Therefore, this is a very meaningful photo of them. There they are worker bees, doing their job for free and perfectly!
Marianna_grk (85) 2008-10-04 4:53
Hi Jonathan!! amazing picture and colors!!! Great job. Keep working!
taner (209) 2009-02-21 1:26
it is a great capture. colors are womnderful!
alin-m (3716) 2009-08-25 0:12
Beautifull immage.One of the best picture in the world.Best regards.Alin.
flatwin (2181) 2009-09-23 23:37
tres belle prise de vue des abeilles en approche de la fleur pour collecter le pollen
les couleurs sont superbes.
zybsan (118) 2010-04-11 13:29
Such nice colors ! And timing ! Awesome !!
svefay (808) 2010-07-20 23:11
perfect macro shot,bravo...
caritoantologia (53) 2011-06-03 17:47
AMAZING!! I love it!!!!
kaderbey (117) 2011-11-06 9:44
Your colors are so beautiful.
Thanks for sharing!
deepakbhutra (27) 2013-03-21 13:15
Bravo! The clarity is unbelievable.
- Copyright: Jonathan Wilson (jbweasle) (9373)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-10-13
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 1:3.5-4.5 DX
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Aquatic Flowers and Plants, Pollination, Your Favourite Pics, My favorite photos (3) (Gatti Matti), francio64 (Macro) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-11-13 11:46
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