|Message from Alexander Dudley
Hello, citizens of Earth, friends, photographers and naturalists!
Welcome to a sample of my Australian wildlife photography library. Amongst these pages are photos of Australian reptiles (including snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodiles), various marsupials (including Tasmanian Devils and Koalas), frogs and birds, that have been taken since I picked up my first SLR Camera in August 1984, so many of these are scanned slides.
I work and have worked widely across Australia as a zoologist, interpretation ranger, commercial guide and environmental educator. Sometimes I sell photographs. Sometimes I sell poetry. My wife Jane and I have produced two books showcasing my photography and poetry: "Faunaverse Australian wildlife in poetry" which was published in 2016, and "Faunaverse Wildlife in poetry Tasmania" which was the recipient of a Whitley Award from the Royal Zoological Society of NSW in 2019. See faunaverse.com.au for further details.
I am and always have been very interested in wildlife, especially reptiles and amphibians.
When photographing animals I don't do studio work, although I may handle some species, gently and carefully. Where possible I photograph the animal in situ as these animals are all part of the environment that I find them in. I find there is greater satisfaction in getting the shot "in the wild".
Equipment used in these galleries (not in chronological order) includes the following digital cameras: Nikon D200, D300, D5000, D7000, Fujifilm S2 Pro, Canon G9, Fujifilm F100fd, Fujifilm E550, Fujifilm F810, Panasonic LX-3, FT-3, Olympus OMD-EM5, OMD-Em5III OMD-EM10II, OMD-EM1II, and a Nikon Coolpix 5700. Lenses used include: 60mm Micro-Nikkor, a Nikkor 80-400mm AF VR Zoom, Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4, a Tamron 17-50 F2.8, an Olympus 40-150 F2.8 Pro, Olympus 60mm F2.8 Macro, Olympus 30mm Macro, Olympus-Pro 300mm F4. Flash units include a Nikon SB-800, manual flashes and slave flash. More recently for close up work I have fallen in love with the Olympus STF-8 macro flash unit. Scanned photos are from a Nikon F801, F90x, an Olympus OM-1 and OM-2 and a menagerie of lenses. Photos were scanned on a Nikon Coolscan LS-1000, a Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 ED and more recently with an Olympus OMD-EM5III coupled with a 30mm Macro.
Please do not use any of these images for publication or public presentation without my permission. You will otherwise be in breach of Copyright and I will pursue you, your family, and their descendants relentlessly. Apart from that I am a big softie and if you ask, I will not refuse any reasonable request. So contact me if you are interested in using these images or for further information about them or the animals depicted. They represent a lot of work!
In the meantime, remember Earth is a small place, and we share it with many other beings who also call it home. All the animals depicted here are tuned to a finely balanced community structure depending on (among other things) particular rainfall and temperature averages. The science supporting anthropogenic climate change is well-researched and the evidence that this is occurring and is a major threat to global and local ecosystems is very strong indeed. But even if it were a load of bunkum produced by a clade of conspiring zealots, surely, as the most powerful species on the planet, we have an obligation to take the role of stewardship seriously and limit pollution where we can?
May peace be your mission and compassion your guide.