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“Spider Rock”

No matter where you are and  no matter what you are shooting, if you can and no matter how boring it may appear, if you have time,try spending an entire day in one spot.That’s not an easy thing to do as it is tempting to move on after a couple of hours as you think nothing is going to happen. This shot which was taken at Canyon De Chelly which is a stunning area and the highlight of this area for me was Spider Rock as seen in this picture. I drove such a long distance to see this place and I was not disappointed. It exceeded my expectations and it was here that I spent the entire day in one spot. I didn’t move!!! Yes and I mean I didn’t. I knew I was going to do this and where I was , was  close to a path where the general public ventured and where i was , it was just a 5 minute walk back to the car park.

I had taken with me plenty of water as the day was very warm and I didn’t want to leave all of my gear there on its own as one never knows with people if they are not going to be tempted to take your gear. In my experience in traveling, the keen traveler, the ones that are in your situation are to be trusted as they know what it is like to be in these situations where you might have to leave your gear on your own.98% of the people that you come across in your travels are awesome.

So I also took several empty plastic bottles and these were for peeing in which i did!!! Shock horror and I took these bottles out with me . This is something I do on a regular basis when I’m out and about traveling.

I stayed in this one area for for almost 8 hours and I will show you a series of pics which were all taken on the same day. It was extremely hot but in that time, I had awesomeskies, rain, thunder, lightning which gave me some of the most awesome shots that I could have wished for, and this was a result of just sitting there. I wonder how many people could sit in one spot for 8 hours with their cameras just waiting. I had no one to talk to but that didn’t matter as I had so much to take in and that was the really good thing in being in the one spot for 8 hours, I could take it all in, Nothing was a rushed and Spider Rock was the highlight of this park. I would love to go back there in winter one day. I hope you enjoy my 8 hours spent in this one spot. This is not the first time I have done this, nor will it be the last time and the end result, speaks for itself 🙂

 

 

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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  • Avatar Josh Levinson says:

    Wow… AWESOME image, Pete! I know how truly difficult it is to get a shot like this, with that stunning lighting and crazy sky. The 8h of waiting really paid off.

    And I absolutely love that you peed into bottles! Good stuff!

    • Avatar Pete Dobré says:

      Thanks Josh, the key is being disciplined enough to wait for the entire 8 hours and I have done this many times before and 90% of the time ,the results are so rewarding:)