Birth & Dark.

Copyright Emma Wilson 2013.

Copyright Emma Wilson 2013.
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Summer 2020
Contest Finalist in Cattle Photo Contest
Absolute Masterpiece
Superb Composition
Top Choice
heathermchenrywilson rebeccaharknes Elliott-Crampton christelkeijzer karenbchris debbiew1 nyeinnyeinhtike +68
Outstanding Creativity
_Charna_ cliffordalexander sherie shannonrienholtz klinker44 brucesharock Ruthemon1 +55
Peer Award
aliceforrallies DEBOLINA_MOITRA HPryor Rockfellow Isshin Skykink joaolavadinho +53
Magnificent Capture
photosdude sharonhearn Dee02 Father-Of-Thor Cozmoky sallythecat ToddGirouxPhoto +25
Superior Skill
lorenzoberardinetti A_B_digital fawnparker hyycam mbernholdt Inquinata itstns +19
Exceptional Contrast
shirleymcconnell dodyherawan davidbswanson orlandodelbert sheleentheron MiMixtwo sonyarhamby +19
Jaw Dropping
anselmmclorren terrytong estervandermerwe Andrevt oldtrafford yahna leroi +16
All Star
picsofmyworld Litt reburndesign DaylightReader SoulSunflower gaynorhenry morganfinch +15
Ulisse ToniHollowayPullum shah1333 Barillas


reidgriffith pilapix _Charna_ AlexDenham kayceekhor joaolavadinho julierae +2

Top ClassTM

Anything Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Unique Sceneries Photo ContestTop 10 class
Unique Sceneries Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Unique Sceneries Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Our World At Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Talent AwardsTop 20 class
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Into The Night Photo ContestTop 10 class
We Love Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class
We Love Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Our Natural World Photo ContestTop 10 class
Our Natural World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
World At Night Photo ContestTop 20 class
World At Night Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
ViewBugs Best Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
ViewBugs Best Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
ViewBugs Best Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Cattle Photo ContestTop 10 class
Cattle Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1


92 Comments | Report
MissSandy PRO+
MissSandy October 21, 2013
Amazing capture! Lighting, timing, wow!
ranger4000 October 22, 2013
Awesome shot, so poignant and beautiful
jleiweke November 12, 2013
tissa7 November 13, 2013
I absolutely love it!
AmrutaMachetty November 13, 2013
robertspolander November 13, 2013
That has desktop background written all over it. Tells a really beautiful story all on it's own! Congrats.
AlanJakarta PRO+
AlanJakarta November 13, 2013
Wonderful shot of a beautiful moment. Congratulations.
cilla8 PRO
cilla8 November 13, 2013
Awesome capture!!
Tripod November 13, 2013
Amazing shot!
elfiedwards Premium
elfiedwards November 13, 2013
Emma, this is one of the best I have seen in a long time!! Pure, emotional, just wow, CONGRATS!!!!
LeeBennett PRO+
LeeBennett November 13, 2013
Absolutely amazing! Great lighting, excellent contrast and so much said! Congratulations on you feature!
vinay8484 November 13, 2013
lynnsnow PRO
lynnsnow November 13, 2013
I teared up. Beautiful.
Celtic November 13, 2013
great!! Congrats!!
debhall PRO+
debhall November 13, 2013
OMG! What an absolutely beautiful capture! Congrats on your feature...so well deserved!
lucyar01 PRO+
lucyar01 November 13, 2013
fredgoff November 13, 2013
iceman2 November 13, 2013
Beautiful capture.Congrats!
WileKyK PRO+
WileKyK November 13, 2013
Wonderful shot! Congratulations on your Feature!
lynnemk November 13, 2013
Incredible lighting such a special moment to capture. Hats off to you.
FrankSomma PRO+
FrankSomma November 13, 2013
Special Emma!
princessdi6305 PRO+
princessdi6305 November 13, 2013
Beautiful capture, congratulations!!
Juliamclean PRO+
Juliamclean November 13, 2013
Absolutely the sweetest picture ever......beautiful capture.....CONGRATULATIONS,!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
MaryAnne306 November 13, 2013
Stunning capture. Congratulations on being featured!
taffiedolson PRO
taffiedolson November 13, 2013
just amazing photo
mailsmc November 13, 2013
Perfect shot! Congrats on your feature!
barbarabrock PRO+
barbarabrock November 13, 2013
Awesome capture.
drakkardarkblade November 13, 2013
congrats, fantastic, please check out my works
mdunlap1122 PRO
mdunlap1122 November 13, 2013
Outstanding shot!!!
rmr731 PRO+
rmr731 November 13, 2013
Fantastic capture! The light is perfect. Congrats on being featured!
darrellgillenwater PRO+
darrellgillenwater November 13, 2013
beautiful shot
PhilipCarnevale November 13, 2013
Absolutely breathtaking! Congratulations and it is well deserved!
SarahCaldwell PRO+
SarahCaldwell November 13, 2013
Fantastic shot!...Congrats on your feature
ann11 November 13, 2013
Wow! Wonderful pov and lighting!! Having grown up on a farm, I found this capture extremely touching.
billndotnet November 13, 2013
Beautiful. Well done.
PhotoAlaska November 13, 2013
nice one
cmorisset PRO
cmorisset November 13, 2013
Amazing, bravo and well done!
polynator November 13, 2013
nicken PRO
nicken November 13, 2013
Beautiful. It says it all. Congrats
inge_vautrin PRO+
inge_vautrin November 13, 2013
Amazing capture! Congrats!
MattRoffePhotography November 13, 2013
totally stunning.. my fav picture on here by far.. congrats.. this is a total masterpiece photo.. perfect lighting, stunning composition and creativity, a wonderful moment in time captured to perfection.. very jealous.... a photo you should be hugely proud of.
melodyesweetin PRO
melodyesweetin November 13, 2013
Congratulations on this "Magnificent Capture" !!!!!!
melodyesweetin PRO
melodyesweetin November 13, 2013
Really wonderful gallery, I'll be back :)
MareeCardinale November 13, 2013
Truly beautiful Emma!
PhotoLux November 13, 2013
Remarkable shot. Excellent lighting.
hsgriffinphoto November 13, 2013
oh my This is amazing!!!! so beautiful! captures that special moment perfectly.
pranab November 13, 2013
Wow..........What a Pic!
ShutterBug76 PRO+
ShutterBug76 November 13, 2013
very nice shot
hazelmansell-greenwood November 14, 2013
fantastic atmosphere and so so thought provoking.
BrianpSlade November 14, 2013
It's only when you see the larger version other than the thumbnail that you really get to see the power and beauty of this exquisite piece of work.
An absolutely outstanding capture well worthy of any award in my opinion....well done and congrats!....Brian
WayneRoss November 14, 2013
You captured the first moments of life so wonderfully!
jojoxena November 14, 2013
A moving capture,I'm witnessing something special,thank you!
GBloniarz PRO+
GBloniarz November 14, 2013
Exquisite ! Congrats!
JHPhotos PRO+
JHPhotos November 14, 2013
Wow, excellent shot!
1Ernesto November 14, 2013
The context of this picture is moving and made even more so by the point of view.
gopalakrishnan November 15, 2013
great shot
gopalakrishnan November 15, 2013
great shot
Wayne_Sr PRO+
Wayne_Sr November 16, 2013
Fantastic shot, Congratulations on your featured image..:~)
stephenthompson November 28, 2013
Inspirational shot.... One of the best photos I have seen in ages...well done ;)
dougkamm December 01, 2013
Awesome Pic!
LeighAnnC December 18, 2013
What an amazing capture! It is quite stunning!
kunalbais January 08, 2014
Great lighting
TammyN January 10, 2014
Wow, amazing photo. I'm lost for words.....
chrisgiordano January 22, 2014
Beautifully captured...
geopapa November 10, 2014
Well done!!!
patriamitrano November 12, 2014
Love it! Congratulations!
digitalbarn November 13, 2014
Great shot! You had to be there just at the right moment... so beautiful!
chrissy2rn November 18, 2014
You have my vote!
emmawilson November 26, 2014
Thank you very much!
CaroMailly PRO
CaroMailly November 24, 2014
Amazing, so beautiful BRAVO
sweetpea72 November 28, 2014
this is amazing...Congrats! ")
Shulie1 November 28, 2014
Beautifully done!
lmsusin November 28, 2014
Congrats, this is Beautiful!!
muresmaria November 29, 2014
This is a photo that gives you a sense of life and love and also a vibrant reality check. It has it all. I would be very happy for this to win.
RhondaMcD November 29, 2014
Late at night, new life is born. Beautiful silhouette. Congratulations.
jeevi1984 November 29, 2014
pattack November 30, 2014
Should have come first!!
-OUTDOOR-PHOTOGRAPHY November 30, 2014
Amazing shot.....
annharris November 30, 2014
Stunning capture!
barbarabrock PRO+
barbarabrock December 01, 2014
Wonderful...Rolling through the finalists, yours was the first I clicked on!
jconfer December 11, 2014
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and i think you captured all of them!
Amazing Shot!
garysissons PRO+
garysissons December 18, 2014
Hi Emma this is a great photo, it has emotion, light and composition. I love photo's that make me have a response this is one that makes me want to stop and take a few minutes to take it in. Congratulations on a great capture.
lindywalker January 17, 2015
beautiful capture!
randybrown PRO+
randybrown February 10, 2015
A "wow" capture.
Nansee February 19, 2015
subhashdasgupta February 19, 2015
Superb extraordinary
jan1 March 05, 2015
Amazing =)
sarahallegra PRO+
sarahallegra March 06, 2015
This image truly takes my breath away. What an incredible story it tells with just a single image! Well done!!
michaeltillman PRO+
michaeltillman March 07, 2015
This is a one of a kind silhouette in sepia tone, with an over all luminous outline from the moon. This shot is a really nice. Congrats on your award.
DaylightReader PRO
DaylightReader March 12, 2015
Such a tender moment beautifully articulated.
TheoShilton PRO
TheoShilton April 12, 2015
Great work Emma!
Ms_Muensterlaender April 20, 2015
The wonder of life... Thank you for capturing this moment so beautifully! Amazing shot, can't say enough good things about this. Definitely stands out as one of the very best of all here.
emilydubois August 12, 2015
Incredible!!!! I love it!!

Behind The Lens

I took this image on my family's dairy farm in South Gippsland, Australia.
It was late at night - maybe closer to 10pm. It was raining hard and very difficult to see, not to mention just how cold it was!
Due to the time of day (night) I had equipped my flash, intending on trying to make the most of this particular birth. However, I hadn't charged all the batteries properly (oops!) and in my rush to get out there, didn't have my spares. This image was taken while the flash was dying, and thus didn't fire. The backlights you see are actually the headlights of our ATV, masked by the steam coming from little Silver.
The only real equipment I used for this shot was my trusty Canon 5D Mark II and a EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. I did have my flash mounted on my camera, but as I said above, it didn't fire. I shot this handheld, as something as foreign as a tripod was likely to frighten the cattle.
At the time of this photograph I was still in university studying photojournalism. We had been given a class assignment to write about an event and immediately my thoughts went to the fact that it was calving season and just how much I loved helping/being around when all the babies are born. This image was shot as part of a series telling the story of Silver's birth that night.
There was minimal post processing involved in this image as I prefer to take a more photo journalistic approach with the majority of my work. There were some minor brightness/contrast adjustments made in Adobe RAW, but otherwise, that's it!
In my camera bag
I usually carry around a LowePro Slingshot bag (compact and can hold SO MUCH stuff!) and in it I have... My Canon 5D Mark II EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens 2 - 3 spare batteries 2 spare memory cards Remote shutter cable GoPro Hero 3 + a couple accessories Small bag of animal treats (depending on where I am) Small digital sound recorder I also normally carry my tripod around with me, too.
My advice is to be patient. Don't worry about looking down at your camera - make sure you're familiar with your equipment or you might just miss "the" moment. Animals can be a little odd around people they don't know, so be respectful, and keep your distance if you need to - especially around a mum giving birth! Overall, just have fun, relax, and play around with what you're doing.

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