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It's ok to shoot as it is | Australian Photography Tours and Workshops

There are moments that come  when you least expect them to.On this occasion I was out with my friend Jaime and we were needing one more location that she needed to shoot for her assignment .I suggested the sticks down at Port Willunga.These are a favourite location for photographers world wide.

When we arrived the changes that took place above us  were more dramatic than we had hoped for. When we first arrived, there was high level cloud and in the 4 hours that we were there, God put on an amazing show where the skies were churning above us, growing bigger, darker, splitting apart and the colors were bleeding into one .The formation over this period was nothing short of sensational and even that word doesn’t do justice to what was taking place above us.

It was a good lesson for Jaime as she  was at the time a student of photography and the best lessons of photography are best spent out in the field. There is no substitute for being actually out there in the field and the best way to learn anything , is always hands on!!!! So this was a special evening spent at the sticks. The most common shot people take here is to have the water blurring  along with the  skies etc

I wanted to be able to get away from that as it is so done to death at this spot . How many jetties do we see where the jetty is centred in the middle of the frame and the water and the skies are blurred.What was once different now becomes the norm and predictable.

I wanted to show and teach Jaime that there is more to blurring water . There is nothing wrong in capturing what you see and if the conditions are right, it’s as dramatic as blurring the water and skies. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong in blurring the waters etc but somehow I can’t help but think that unless we (photographers ) do something to the image that the eye doesn’t see, that it’s not a  compelling image on its own.

We took so many pictures, not because we wanted to over kill what we were shooting but the changes of the scene would actually turn the scene into another day!!! It was like having 5-6 days in one day.So these images are taken on the same day and if I had the space, I could have posted so much more showing the radical changes over a 4 hour period:)

Remember , it is ok to shoot what is there!! But I dare you to be bold and shoot what is naturally there and dare to be different and capture what the eye sees.:)


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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