© Dennis Gay


Uploaded: September 08, 2010


This group of Hypholoma fasciculare (Sulphur Tuft) look so much like a group of spectators at a football match.

This close-up fungi photograph was made along the trail at the Swan's Crossing camping area in the Kerewong State Forest, west of Kew, NSW, Australia.

Canon EOS D60 & Canon 28-135 USM IS Lens: RAW, Manual settings of f/27 @ 1/250sec, 115mm, ISO 100, Tethered Vivitar 285HV flash unit, Hand held.
Lightroom 2.2 & Photoshop CS3.


Exif: F Number: 27, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/250 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 100, FocalLength: 115.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS D60


Dennis Gay September 08, 2010

THE MAKING OF 'Spectators':

After a few days and nights of rain I was on a Sunday outing with an intrepid group of photographers from the Port Macquarie Panthers Camera Club. We all prayed for a rainless day and our prayers were heard.
I had just returned from a circuit of the track and bagged some great shots when someone called me down to the creek to show me some fungi they had found. As it turned out they were in poor condition and not worth the pixels or battery power but when I turned around to go back to the picnic site I spotted this interesting little group sheltering cosily between two logs.
Having had previous success in using my Vivitar 285HV flash unit tethered off camera to emulate low angled sunlight I decided to use the same approach on this shot with a very pleasing result.
If the flash, no matter how low and diffused, still cast hard shadows behind or beside the subject, I turned my camera on its side and also used the pop-up TTL flash for fill light. The exposures were regulated by adjusting the aperture from f/22 to f/32.


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Carla Capra Anderson level-classic September 08, 2010

Oh my, Dennis, you are ever so clever.
I don't know that I would have thought to turn my camera on its side and utilize the on board flash. I'm tipping my ball cap to you. Great image.
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Dennis Gay September 09, 2010

Strewth *CARLA*!

Welcome back to my Swan's Crossing fungi safari.
Mega thanks for your mega inspiring feedback on this miniature rainforest scene.
Yup! Never forget that your camera works in four cardinal positions and in all the ones in between as well. 8-)

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Dennis Gay September 09, 2010

Many, many Aussie thanks to the Editor for awarding my little crowd of fungi a PICK!

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Carla Capra Anderson level-classic September 10, 2010

Congrats, Dennis! #8892184

Dennis Gay September 10, 2010


Lotsa Aussie thanks for your uplifting and supportive internetical, international congratz for my fungi's EP.

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Dianna Murphy September 14, 2010

The light is beautiful. Great work. #8900398

Dennis Gay September 15, 2010

Carumba *DIANNA*!

Delighted to see you crawling around in the leaf litter chasing fungi on my Swan's Crossing safari.
Muchos gracias Senora for your inspiring feedback on my group shot.

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Carla Capra Anderson level-classic October 15, 2010

Congratulations on your Finalist Award!
;) CC #8968354

Dennis Gay October 15, 2010


Maaaaany Aussie thanks indeedy to the Editor/Judges for awarding my little group of spectators a *FINALIST* badge.

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Dennis Gay October 15, 2010

Blimey *CARLA*!

Lots 'n' lotsa Aussie thanks for the encouagement and support of your bubbly congratz.

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Lydia Williams level-deluxe October 16, 2010

Wow, awesome fellas here....Congratulations Dennis! #8974231

Dennis Gay October 17, 2010


Great to bump into you both along the Swan's Crossing track on my fungi safari.
Heaps big thanks x2 for your most stimulating feedback on the shot and for your effervescent congratz for the Finalist status.

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