Golden Drumstick

© Dennis Gay

Golden Drumstick

Uploaded: January 10, 2011


A brilliant yellow Isopogon anemonifolius (Broad-leaved Drumstick) clearly displaying the development of its flowers and drumstick cone.

Shot along the cliff top track in the Indian Head area of Crowdy Bay National Park near Laurieton, NSW, Australia on a warm and wonderful mid-spring day.

Canon EOS 40D & Canon 28-135 USM IS Lens: RAW, Manual settings of f/16 @ 1/250sec, 115mm, ISO 100, TTL pop-up flash, Hand held.
Lightroom 2.2 & Photoshop CS3.


Exif: F Number: 16, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/250 seconds, Flash: fired, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 115.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D


Dennis Gay January 10, 2011

THE MAKING OF 'Golden Drumstick':

My best Port Macquarie Panthers Camera Club mate and I were out on a springtime wildflower hunt in the park and as it happened we were at the right place at the right time in the middle of a great wildflower season. The number of varieties and amount of bloom were incredible. We were literally spoilt for choice.
This golden yellow Aussie native was just the specimen I was after to best display its beauty and structure. My main problem was in obtaining as much depth of field as possible while still blurring the background. The settings above used with the camera's TTL pop-up flash system gave me the exposure and I had to experiment quite a bit to find the best point of focus. The flash and Lightroom darkened the background for me.

For those who are interested you can find out more about these Drumsticks here:


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Gina Cormier level-classic January 10, 2011

Gorgeous!! Never saw one before!! #9153658

Douglas Pignet January 10, 2011

Beautiful lighting,colors and comp...Very well done #9153705

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe January 10, 2011

Excellent work Dennis! Jeff #9153841

Carla Capra Anderson level-classic January 10, 2011

Hi Dennis;
What a beautiful and detailed image of this Golden Drumstick. The flowers golden color is soft, lovely and intensified by the darkened background.
;) CC #9153902

Gary Lange January 11, 2011

Terrific image, well shot and edited. Beautiful!! #9156907

Dennis Gay January 13, 2011

A Big, Bright Aussie Summertime G'DAY to You *GINA*, *DOUGLAS*, *JEFF*, *CARLA* & *GARY*!!!!!

Welcome all to my Indian Head wildflower safari.
My utmost thanks for your very inspiring collective feedback on my unusual Isopogon study.

Dennis #9161048

Dennis Gay January 13, 2011

Sacre Bleu Monsieur Editor!

Many, many thanks indeed for awarding my wild Aussie flower a PICK!

Dennis #9161054

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic February 10, 2011

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round.


Lydia Williams level-deluxe February 10, 2011

Soooo unique! Well Done, Dennis. Congratulations! #9227395

Carla Capra Anderson level-classic February 10, 2011

Whew Whoo this is two....Congratulations.
;) CC #9227660

Dennis Gay February 10, 2011

Mon Dieu Monsieur Editor!!!!!

Merci, merci beaucoup for elevating my Drumstick to the FINALIST status. I am honoured.

Dennis #9228265

Dennis Gay February 10, 2011

Strike Up the Band *KAY*, *LYDIA* & *CARLA*!!!

Muchos, muchos warm Aussie thanks to you all for your combined well wishes, congratz and feedback for my Drumstick's success.

Dennis #9228291

Merna L. Nobile February 11, 2011

Black and White, Bright Colors, Full Frame or Cropped, it does not matter. You’re a winner! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna


Patrick Rouzes February 11, 2011

Incredible, Dennis! Congratulations & good luck! WTG! #9232193

Dennis Gay February 14, 2011

WoooooHooooo *SABRINA*, *MERNA* & *PATRICK*!!!

So good to see you all along the wi8ldflower trail at Indian Head.
I am flabergasted and thrilled by your collective inspiring congratz and massive feedback for my floral photography.

Dennis #9239051

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