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America's Fall | Photography Tours and Workshops

The light is ever changing, the seasons begin to merge until one fades and another begins. Leaves dance until they fall, they swirl in the air, flutter with a slight breeze and are ripped from their branches with strong winds and dance on top of the running waters .The colors burn with such intensity and this is the mark of  “ The Fall” here .

Shooting “The Fall” was a highlight. It is such a big event and not just for professional photographers but non professional photographers as well . Both groups go chasing the colors of The Fall.

Its like  a drug feeding the spirit of the photographer as they blaze the trail in search of that elusive shot.I have to say , at  and saw the intense color, the vibrance, the mountains that seemed to be  on fire with the amazing arrangements of yellows,it was like a symphony reaching its climax where all the colors were bleeding  into one.

I kept getting so excited about the mountains . These were inspiring and left such an imprint. As I stood before some of the fine examples of Gods creative work, I  reflected on Jeremiah 32:17 where it says”Ah Lord God you have made the  heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you”

We are finite beings, God is not and I’m amazed when people want to question the existence of God and what He has done when they themselves are finite in their understanding. It can be at  times the mark of human arrogance, just coz we may not understand therefore it didn’t take place!! God is God and the fact that He brought this all into being , shows he is God.

For me ,communion with God is out in the field amongst His creation , for me it doesn’t come from taking communion in the church building, thats too rigid and stayed in its way for Pete-I’m not saying its not meaningful for those who do it, but for Pete, it does nothing for him at all. It rarely has but when I’m on my own, or even with others, my communion with God is being amongst all that He has created. Nothing pleases me more to feel His awesome nature, His presence while reflecting and standing before Him in his creative acts which are all around me.

So shooting this series of shots was simply awesome and there are no words that can describe it. The good thing  about the Fall shooting, it was not our last. Little did we know that we both were going to be treated to something exceptional and special. That comes in Part 2 of The Fall”.

The other thing that I learnt about their fall is that there “ Fall” spreads out for some time as the weather varies greatly  from State to State, hence The Fall of the leaves varies in the times it drops. It’s like the Fall has this extend period of time which makes it such a treat for photographer in the USA.

In the past I have spoken about waiting, waiting for that moment for the light to do its thing. That is what I did.

If you can ever time your trip to chasing Fall colors in America, you will be blown away and I fully understand why people do it. If you have never done it, you will never understand.:)



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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