Feeling Blue

© Dennis Gay

Feeling Blue

Uploaded: September 20, 2010


The beautiful blue petals of this Australian wildflower, the Thelionema caespitosum (Tufted Blue Lily) makes a lovely contrast to its golden yellow tufted stamens.

This close-up wildflower study was made along the Ocean Drive Fire Trail in the Queen's Lake Nature Reserve at North Haven, NSW, Australia on a warm spring morning.

Canon EOS D60 & Canon 28-135 USM IS Lens: RAW, Manual settings of f/5.6 @ 1/500sec, 120mm, ISO 100, Hand held.
Lightroom 2.2 & Photoshop CS3.


Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/500 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 100, FocalLength: 120.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS D60


Dennis Gay September 20, 2010

THE MAKING OF 'Feeling Blue':

My best Port Macquarie Panthers Camera Club mate and I were on a planned day trip scouting our favourite locations for this year's display of spring time wildflowers and we were not disappointed as we found many lovely specimens of a variety of species, none more beautiful as the Tufted Blue Lilies.
The sky was almost completely covered with thin high altitude cloud and the light was diffused enough and the texture of the petals to allow me to use natural light. Even so the light intensity increased as I was preparing to make this shot so a higher shutter speed was required. This also overcame the slight movement of the stem caused by the breeze.
This flower was well isolated and the lens created the lovely creamy smooth bokeh.


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Carla Capra Anderson level-classic September 20, 2010

Hi Dennis;
You have masterfully described this lovely image. I especially like the flowers vibrate coloring and the shimmery petals.
;) CC #8919752

Merna L. Nobile September 20, 2010

Hi Dennis: This is a rich and delicate flower and it is actually wild, how fortunate you are to have this beauty returning each year all on its own. You have captured it and the entire splendor for us to see. Thank you. Merna #8919761

Arthur Bohlmann September 20, 2010

Very nice image Dennis. Great detail, color and composition #8920169

Dennis Gay September 20, 2010

A Happy Aussie Spring Day to you *CARLA*, *MERNA* & *ARTHUR*!!!

Welcome all to my wildflower safari along the fire trail.
My warmest dinki-di Aussie thanks for your great combined feedback for this li'l blue beauty.

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Dennis Gay September 21, 2010

Ohhhhh Yeah!

My max Aussie thanx to the Editor for awarding my blue beauty a PICK!

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Carla Capra Anderson level-classic September 21, 2010

Congrats, Dennis. #8922532

Dennis Gay September 22, 2010

Hey *CARLA*!
Thanks heaps for your international, internetical cheery congratz for this EP.
D! #8923080

Carla Capra Anderson level-classic October 15, 2010

Congratulations on your Finalist Award!
;) CC #8968300

Arthur Bohlmann October 15, 2010

A very big CONGRALUATIONS Dennis #8968872

Lydia Williams level-deluxe October 15, 2010

Wow, Dennis...this one sure stands out...well done, Congratulations! #8971109

Dennis Gay October 15, 2010


My ultra, mega, max Aussie thanx to the Editor/Judges for awarding my brilliant blue wild lily a *FINALIST* badge.

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Dennis Gay October 15, 2010

Well Knock Me Down with a Feather *CARLA*, *ARTHUR* & *LYDIA*!!!

My warmest and sincerest Aussie thanks to you all for your hearty, cheery, chirpy CONGRATZ and for your combined uplifting and encouraging feedback on my li'l lily.

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Merna L. Nobile October 16, 2010

Every month, with our camera in hand, we go out and find what we hope will be the “winning photo.”
Those of us that don’t get recognized, just continue to search for that special image, until one day the Congratulations come pouring in from some of the best artist and friends anyone could image.
So to the Better Photo winners for the month of September, I congratulate you on a job so well done.
My very best to all of you, Merna Nobile

Dennis Gay October 17, 2010

Merry Be *MERNA* & *SABRINA*!!

My max Aussie thanx x2 for your combined uplifting and very encouraging feedback and chirpy congratz for the wild lily study and the Finalist status.

Merna: You hang in there girl. Learn as much as you can, study the work of past and present masters, join your local camera club and most important of all, experiment and practice, practice, practice. 8-)

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