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Light – Can You Wait?

In this little series of Light, I ask the question can you wait? Can you really wait? Many of us know the importance of light. We hear about it all the time but when it comes to the crunch, can you wait for the light to be right and to shine? 10 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour can make all the difference and transform a dull scene into one that is striking and breath taking.

In this series of  pictures the only thing that has changed is the light popping and the last image was cropped from the top. The clouds have moved a little but ultimately it’s just the sun making its way through the opening in the clouds to transform the scene into that we all long for.

For a photographer, it is our dream to have  a dark sky against an imposing landscape where the sun opens to radiate it in a way than one is lost for words.

On the workshops I’m like a broken down record where I talk about the light and  the importance of waiting and most would agree with that.However when it comes down to the bottom line in waiting for the light to pop when the weather  is cold, the winds are strong and all you want to is not be there where you can feel the cold through your bones- could you do it?.

These series of pics is a result of waiting and waiting and waiting when during the wait, one thought that it was never going to happen. Remember , the shot never comes to you, you have to go to it.

When you do go to the shot, you have to wait  for it to pop. Sometimes it works in your favour and there are times when it doesn’t . When it doesn’t go your way, it is always a good excuse to go back.

I think there is a lesson to be learnt here when the sun doesn’t go in your favour. It teaches us not to be spoilt people and that we can’t always get our own way. It also teaches us to appreciate it even more when it doesn’t happen  and to be thankful for what comes your way. It teaches us to treasure those moments that stir the soul and light the light up on all fronts.

Wait and you can be rewarded  and will be left with awesome memories.

For those who wait  and have been rewarded with this gorgeous light, well done to you and you know what I’m talking about here. There have been many a time when I have been freezing  and the body is saying, ” we need to go” but the mind is staying” we need to stay”. Mind should always win over the body. Light-Can you wait?



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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