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America's Fall | Photography Tours and Workshops

As previously mentioned, America’s Fall is hard to put into words and unless you have been there, you can be forgiven if you don’t understand all the hype that surrounds this event as it is very big over in the States. You don’t have to be a photographer to appreciate the wonder of this time of year.

Back in Australia, for those who know me well, they know that I’ll always return to a place many times until I see it in the right light, to capture the essence of it .Sometimes I will do many trips in order to achieve this.

That’s why when I run my photographic workshops that are  a week to 10 days , I rarely stick to the itinerary. I’m always chasing the light, to give people to best shooting conditions of the scene. I still cover the itinerary in my photo tours, but it is never in order as you see it written down because as being  photographers we need to be flexible.

Maroon Bells I have read and I have been told is the most photographic Iconic landscape in all of America. Having been there several times on my trip to the States in 2012, I totally understand why.I had two visits to this awe inspiring region. The first was to capture the fall to the waters edge and to see the colors bleeding into one .I was told that normally there is snow on the mountains and on my first encounter this was not the case.

I have also been told and have read that given the iconic status of Maroon Bells, you are battling to get a vantage point  to shoot. On my first trip, this was not the case, on the second trip, it wasn’t hard to get a spot but there were a lot more people there and there was tension between some with was sad. Over all ,given the amount of people there, most were well behaved but there were some who were pushing their luck in squeezing in for the shot to the point of blocking people out  who had been there hours before hand!

So why shoot a place that has been shot to death before. Well I know that I have been told by others that they don’t go there or other places where so many people have been before as it is no different to what is being shot all the time. I think that attitude is sad as its not about something been shot a million times before, its about your experience there, your interpretation on the subject matter, your ability to see things in a new light, your bent on things and standing before the Maroon Bells and allowing the wonder,the delight , the awe to sink in.As  walked down the path, I’ll never forget the many emotions that ran through me while I was there.

I think  you cut yourself very short if you don’t see something that is iconic just because it has been shot so many times before.

I stood there in awe and reflected on the times that people have been coming here and how we have all walked the same path and maybe have looked at it all so differently.  All of share the  same adoration as you stand and gaze.

When you stand before this place, you can’t  help but be awe struck of the immense beauty and then I looked around me and saw all the different people that come here. There were skinny people, fat people, plum people, people with perfect figures, people from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, even an Australian, people for Africa etc and when people travel to these far and reaching places , they forget their differences and are drawn to this area by its beauty . They come to admire, to experience what I believe  what God has put together.” ..who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength.” Psalm65:6  🙂





Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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