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Blazing the trail in America | Australian Photography Tours and Workshops

While I was traveling this amazing land, I had the pleasure of traveling with Valerie Millet, an emerging and extremely talented photographer in America .We traveled for some time and one of the things I was hoping to pass onto her is always be prepared to be flexible. Never stick to your set routines, be prepared to go out of your comfort zone.

When I travel, I might have in my head an end destination but I never have a set time when I have to be there by. I always get side tracked when I’m out in the field and on this day that we were traveling to Page. I had been observing the awesomeskies above me for some time.My friends who know me well, know about my love affair with God’s awesomeskies. I was looking for a location where we could make the best of these wonderful skies that God was throwing our way.

Then I saw this Rock and later found out that it is called Lone Rock. Poor Valerie at first most likely thought I was a crazy man as I quickly swung the car around and headed for a turn off that took us to this Lone Rock.Mind you I nearly got bogged in the soft sand as the Motor Home that I had hired for the trip, was no 4 WD car at all, but it was a small down hill slope and there was no real issue.. Was worried going up but we found another route and all was good.

Once we had got down to the waters edge I was like a little kid as what stood before me was this impressive sky which I just loved. There was only one issue, there was a lady in  speed boat just sitting in the water. She was waiting for her male friend to tell her where she should dock the boat. After waiting for a while, I decided to ask nicely, if she could move out of the way. Had to be quick with the pictures as we were shooting wide, it wasn’t long before the boat drifted back into the picture.

That’s one thing I’m always up against, when you are shooting extremely wide , the average person has no idea how wide is wide and I think at times they think you are being difficult when you ask them to move way way back!!! There have been times when after the shot, Ive asked the people in question to come up to my camera to look through it so they can see how wide is wide.Most are amazed and shocked.

This shot came about  because I was fexibale, I wasn’t hell bent on making Page by a set time.You just have to run with what is happening at the time around you, don’t by pass it, go to it as there may be no other time you see this.Be flexible and if you can live like that, you will be rewarded with the unexpected like we were on this day:)

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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