On Stage

© Dennis Gay

On Stage

Uploaded: November 14, 2010


The beauty of an Australian native Tripladenia cunninghamii (Bush Lily) caught on stage in the spotlight beam of dappled forest light.

This pretty floral close-up was made along the Perpendicular Point track in the Kattang Nature Reserve near Dunbogan, NSW, Australia on a very warm but windy late spring day.

Canon EOS 40D & Canon 28-135 USM IS Lens: RAW, f/5.6 @ 1/125sec, 115mm, ISO 100, Hand held.
Lightroom 2.2 & Photoshop CS3.


Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/125 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 115.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Dennis Gay November 14, 2010


My best Port Macquarie Panthers Camera Club mate and I were out on a Saturday safari at Kattang on the lookout for flowers, bugs or fungi to add to our collection.
We had done the Flowerbowl Circuit with little success so decided to head out towards the point to see if our luck would change. It sure did!
First we came across a newly emerged Cicada, then many of these Bush Lilies and finally a large and interesting Bolete fungus.
This single bloom really caught my eye as it stood bathing in the fleeting light shining through the forest canopy.
I wanted to keep the spotlight effect including the shadow so flash was out of the question. As my lens only opens up to f/5.6 at the focal length I had to use, I used the camera's Spot metering to ensure the flower was properly exposed and let the shadows look after themselves. I did not have to worry though as the subdued shadows made a great contrast as well as adding to the 'on stage' effect I was after. Only minor tweaking during processing for this one.


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Dennis Gay November 16, 2010

Och Aye the Noo!!!!!

Lots 'n' lotsa warm springtime Aussie thanks to the Editor for awarding my performrng Bush Lily a PICK!

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Robert Jensen November 17, 2010

Great eye Dennis - love the comp and shadow #9045667

Dennis Gay November 18, 2010

Welcome to Kattang and my Nature safari *ROBERT*!

Thanks heaps for your international, internetical GE Award and your encouraging feedback on my Lily portrait.

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Carla Capra Anderson level-classic December 13, 2010

Stunning, Dennis!
;) CC #9097212

Dennis Gay December 13, 2010

Well chop off me legs and call me Shorty!!!!!

My max Aussie thanx to the Judge/s for elevating this lovely Bush Lily to FINALIST status. I am honoured.

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Dennis Gay December 13, 2010

Aloha *CARLA*!

Muchos Aussie thanks for your "Stunning" wrap and uplifting international congratz.

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Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic December 13, 2010

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9100029

Lydia Williams level-deluxe December 14, 2010

A beauty, Dennis...congratulations on this fantastic catch! #9102763

Dennis Gay December 15, 2010

Yowza! Yowza! *NANCYJ* & *LYDIA*!!

Sweet of you both to join me on my wildflower safari.
Heaps big thanks (x2) for your combined great wrap for my lovely Lily and for your double barrelled congratz.

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Merna L. Nobile December 15, 2010

It is my honor to congratulate and celebrate your award for November, 2010. Merna #9107186

Dennis Gay December 15, 2010

G'day *MERNA*!

My mega Aussie thanks for sharing the joy and for your uplifting internetical congratz.

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