Australian Shadows - Shadows of Semi-wild Australia Collection

An ongoing series made up of familiar Australian shapes using wildlife silhouettes. A silhouette gives the opportunity to pare back complexity of wildlife photography and concentrate on the artistic elements of each image. By using the negative space of the sky, I can than concentrate on composition, line, shape, colour and the moment.
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“Rural Silhouette I”  Happy National Tree Day Australia! I probably should be sharing a photo to do with a tree…here’s a sheep instead…it’s kind of appropriate if you consider a majority of Australia’s land was stripped of trees for grazing.  Anyway last weekend I spent a good part of my Sunday lying in sheep poo in the middle of a treeless paddock. I did this to get some photos of Galahs and Corellas in big flocks that were feeding on remnants of scattered grain left behind by sheep. Not…

“Rural Silhouette I” Happy National Tree Day Australia! I probably should be sharing a photo to do with a tree…here’s a sheep instead…it’s kind of appropriate if you consider a majority of Australia’s land was stripped of trees for grazing. Anyway last weekend I spent a good part of my Sunday lying in sheep poo in the middle of a treeless paddock. I did this to get some photos of Galahs and Corellas in big flocks that were feeding on remnants of scattered grain left behind by sheep. Not…

"Mob in the Fog"  Fog is hard to work with, it’s flat, often it’s easy to over expose and auto-focus doesn’t perform well due to the low contrasts. However I love to get out in it whenever given the chance, it gives an opportunity to put negative space into a composition, which I strive for in my work.  This particular morning, was an exceptional one because the fog was thick and the sun was shining bright. I had to drop a relative off to the airport for an early flight, I threw the camera…

"Mob in the Fog" Fog is hard to work with, it’s flat, often it’s easy to over expose and auto-focus doesn’t perform well due to the low contrasts. However I love to get out in it whenever given the chance, it gives an opportunity to put negative space into a composition, which I strive for in my work. This particular morning, was an exceptional one because the fog was thick and the sun was shining bright. I had to drop a relative off to the airport for an early flight, I threw the camera…

“Magpie Sunset”  This Maggie doesn’t mind a good sunset. It seems as though the beauty that Mother Earth has to offer is universally admired by all.

“Magpie Sunset” This Maggie doesn’t mind a good sunset. It seems as though the beauty that Mother Earth has to offer is universally admired by all.

Eastern Grey Kangaroo bouncing through the morning fog on the floodplains of Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia.  #JoshBett #JoshBettKangaroo

Eastern Grey Kangaroo bouncing through the morning fog on the floodplains of Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia.

"Rural Tsunami" This image may look over saturated, but it’s almost exactly what came off my camera sensor. It’s portrays a wave of dust that I witnessed, created by someone driving down a dirt road at the perfect time of day. I immediately pulled my car over and watched the dust as it rolled through a paddock looking a lot like a tsunami, creating an eerie yet beautiful scene. It was such a sight that another car stopped to watch it with me. Luckily I had my camera handy to share it with…

"Rural Tsunami" This image may look over saturated, but it’s almost exactly what came off my camera sensor. It’s portrays a wave of dust that I witnessed, created by someone driving down a dirt road at the perfect time of day. I immediately pulled my car over and watched the dust as it rolled through a paddock looking a lot like a tsunami, creating an eerie yet beautiful scene. It was such a sight that another car stopped to watch it with me. Luckily I had my camera handy to share it with…

Meet ‘Chopper’ he is a big buck that rules the mob of roos that I often hangout with. (I call him Chopper because he has a split right ear)  I love his pose in this photo, he is leaning back and having scratch of his belly as he takes in the serenity…or maybe he is holding a beer?  Wagga Wagga| NSW | Australia  #JoshBett #JoshBettKangaroo #JoshBettShapes

Meet ‘Chopper’ he is a big buck that rules the mob of roos that I often hangout with. (I call him Chopper because he has a split right ear) I love his pose in this photo, he is leaning back and having scratch of his belly as he takes in the serenity…or maybe he is holding a beer? Wagga Wagga| NSW | Australia #JoshBett #JoshBettKangaroo #JoshBettShapes

Deer are not native to Australia and uncommon in the nature reserves that I frequent. Moments before I captured this image, my wife said to me that I’m “good at spotting Kangaroos, but hopeless at spotting Deer” literally seconds later I halted her and pointed out three young buck Fallow Deer. They stared at us briefly before jumping through some damaged fencing.  Husband- 3, Wife - 0 :)   Later that night I kicked back to watch a documentary that I’ve wanted to see for years. “Cave of…

Deer are not native to Australia and uncommon in the nature reserves that I frequent. Moments before I captured this image, my wife said to me that I’m “good at spotting Kangaroos, but hopeless at spotting Deer” literally seconds later I halted her and pointed out three young buck Fallow Deer. They stared at us briefly before jumping through some damaged fencing. Husband- 3, Wife - 0 :) Later that night I kicked back to watch a documentary that I’ve wanted to see for years. “Cave of…

"Winter Roo"  This image reminds me that water is the elixir of life.  One may not associate water with this image, however I do because at the time I captured it, I made a conscious decision to be more aware of my surrounding environment and note how the seasons affect the chain of life. I did this and continue to do so in the hope of better understanding the habits of wildlife in my local area, hopefully resulting in more interesting images to share with you. It’s just a change of mind…

"Winter Roo" This image reminds me that water is the elixir of life. One may not associate water with this image, however I do because at the time I captured it, I made a conscious decision to be more aware of my surrounding environment and note how the seasons affect the chain of life. I did this and continue to do so in the hope of better understanding the habits of wildlife in my local area, hopefully resulting in more interesting images to share with you. It’s just a change of mind…

“King of the Hill”  Here’s my ol’mate “Chopper” with a more pronounced spit ear. If you missed the first post of Chop; he is a big buck that rules the mob of roos that I often hangout with. His split ear shows that he earned his place as the dominant male in a brutal fight. He rules a small grazing area on top of hill which is ideal for silhouette photographs like this. There is another large male in this small mob of about 15, so it is only a matter of time until there is another challenge…

“King of the Hill” Here’s my ol’mate “Chopper” with a more pronounced spit ear. If you missed the first post of Chop; he is a big buck that rules the mob of roos that I often hangout with. His split ear shows that he earned his place as the dominant male in a brutal fight. He rules a small grazing area on top of hill which is ideal for silhouette photographs like this. There is another large male in this small mob of about 15, so it is only a matter of time until there is another challenge…

"Magpie Sunset 2"  Here’s another Magpie that doesn’t mind a good sunset. The sharp beak is very defined in this silhouette. For those not familiar with the Australian Magpie, it is a bird feared by many here in Australia, because during their breeding season the male Magpies become aggressive and swoop those who approach their nests, but only when there are chicks in the nest. Despite their fierce reputation, there are many lovers of the humble Magpie.  Personally, I love “Maggies” and I…

"Magpie Sunset 2" Here’s another Magpie that doesn’t mind a good sunset. The sharp beak is very defined in this silhouette. For those not familiar with the Australian Magpie, it is a bird feared by many here in Australia, because during their breeding season the male Magpies become aggressive and swoop those who approach their nests, but only when there are chicks in the nest. Despite their fierce reputation, there are many lovers of the humble Magpie. Personally, I love “Maggies” and I…

“Venus, River Red Gum and Roo”  Head over to my FB page @JoshBettPhotography to see the camera settings used and get a better feel for how massive this tree is in the uncropped version.  I’m really excited to add this one to my silhouette series. I was happy that I was able frame a roo under a big old River Red Gum tree to give some scale, but I was also lucky enough to have Venus in the background, which adds another whole dimension to scale!  According to the NSW National Parks & Wildlife…

“Venus, River Red Gum and Roo” Head over to my FB page @JoshBettPhotography to see the camera settings used and get a better feel for how massive this tree is in the uncropped version. I’m really excited to add this one to my silhouette series. I was happy that I was able frame a roo under a big old River Red Gum tree to give some scale, but I was also lucky enough to have Venus in the background, which adds another whole dimension to scale! According to the NSW National Parks & Wildlife…

“Kangaroo Shadow”  Just another Kangaroo silhouette for the shapes series I’m working on, the series has evolved and I’m now thinking of titling it “Shadows of Semi-Wild Australia”. The series is made up of familiar Australian wildlife shapes using silhouettes. A silhouette is a simple technique in photography, capturing wildlife silhouettes in their natural habitats is not so simple. The idea is to pare back complexity of wildlife photography and concentrate on the artistic elements of each…

“Kangaroo Shadow” Just another Kangaroo silhouette for the shapes series I’m working on, the series has evolved and I’m now thinking of titling it “Shadows of Semi-Wild Australia”. The series is made up of familiar Australian wildlife shapes using silhouettes. A silhouette is a simple technique in photography, capturing wildlife silhouettes in their natural habitats is not so simple. The idea is to pare back complexity of wildlife photography and concentrate on the artistic elements of each…

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