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Light ! Why The Fuss?

Both Vicki and I  seem to harp on this subject don’t we? Why would that be? Light , why the fuss? Well the fuss is because it is so crucial. Many have heard us go on and on about how important the light is .The reason that we do go on about it , is because it is what makes or breaks your picture that you take. Sometimes, there can be a fine line between a good picture  and an outstanding picture. That fine line can be ” The Light”

For every picture that you admire, there would be many aspects of the picture that draw you to it. Some of these aspects you may not be aware of at the time. However when it is pointed out to you, it becomes obvious.

One of the key ingredients for a great picture that you admire will be the light in the image for 99% of the time . You may not be aware of that but if the light was average, your picture would be average as well.

Sometimes to get the outstanding light that has a lot of drama in the sky, you have to be prepared to get a little wet. When the weather breaks for a moment, you can be rewarded with the image below.

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When this image was taken, it was taken when we were on tour. We were really proud of the crew that we had on this trip. We said to them , that we could see a small break in the weather in the distance. If we could get there before that break comes, we would get an awesome and dramatic shot. To their credit, they took up the challenge. We say challenge because when we walked to this spot, it was raining and it stop for a moment, the sun shone for a brief time before it was hidden behind the stormy clouds. The rain then followed . Was it worth all of the fuss. Absolutely!

In the above shot, we didn’t have the rain to content with but it was a waiting game. We were driving back to for breakfast and I saw this in the distance. Both Vicki and myself said to the crew, breakfast is on hold at the moment . We explained to them what was in from of us. You couldn’t see the light on the sea stack as it was behind the clouds. Both Vicki and I could see a small break in the clouds and we knew, if we could be there and wait for the break to take place, we would be rewarded with a cracking image. The rest is history.

In both situations, the light is the key and it can be a fine line between a good shot to an epic shot with the light. If you are prepared to endure the elements and wait, then the rewards can be epic!

That is how we operate our workshops. We are flexible as it is always about the light. By being aware of the light, being flexible in how we operate our workshops, you the guest will get more out of it and will walk away with epic shots if the light is there waiting for us to follow it.

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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