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Photo Tour / Day workshop of Monarto Open Range Zoo | Rhino Shoot

Australian Photography  Tours and Workshops of Monarto Open Range Zoo | Rhino Shoot

Monato Zoo photography tour - Elephant EndOne of the things that I love about the Pete Dobré Photo Tour/Day workshop of Monarto Open range zoo is that you get to go behind the scenes with the Rhinos. This is gold and here you are able to get those detailed shots as we have ample time to do so.

When shooting any animal, for me it is to tell the overall story, it is important to look beyond the obvious. For me nothing is off limits here as this is nature, it is how the Rhino is made and by shooting all aspects, you can put a very good story board together.

To give strength to any photo story that you wish to tell, you must look beyond the bigger picture and explore all aspects of your subject. In this series of pictures, these pictures tell you the story of the Rhino. It is through being a little different, seeing angles that you would not have seen before, that you will add strength to your pictures.

For this shot I waited for the tail to be across to get the shadow, the hair at the end of the tail, the shape it takes and off course through this action, you have no doubt that this is a female.


Never limit your photography to the obvious, have a point of difference in each shot you take and this is my point of difference knowing if it is male or female. I’m sure you are going to remember this shot, or even talk about rather than a traditional shot of a Rhino:)

When you train you eye to see beyond the whole being, then you will be rewarded with form, shape, texture and a new outlook in your photography which will open other doors for you.


If you didn’t know that this was a Rhino, it could be a number of animals. When you train you eye to see beyond the whole being, then you will be rewarded with form, shape, texture and a new outlook in your photography which will open other doors for you .

When I’m looking at an animal, my eye is constantly looking at all aspects of that animal and the thought that always goes through my mind is” If I met a person, who had never seen a Rhino before( in this case the Rhino but this applies to any animal that I photograph) what’s the best way that I could photograph it that give the best description of the animal through word pictures.? Hence I’ll shoot all angles and highlight aspects of the animal that will give you a greater understanding of it.


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So why did I include the wee shot. Well it was unexpected hence the shot is not composed well. It was just point and shoot. His wee comes out so fast and with such force. I’ve included this shot as you may have asked the question, ” how does a male Rhino wee backwards? Is not that the female? Well the male Rhino’s penis is very versatile as it can shoot in any direction. According to Geoff our guide the Rhino penis is one of the most penis’s out there.

You know when they are going to wee when they shuffle their feet. here he was marking his territory as the female Rhinos were in this area earlier on.

If you wana get up and close and personal with the animals, join me for the next one, on November the 19th 2016. There are just so many rewards on this trip and it is so nice to see people so excited and the massive smiles that are on their faces.

There are times when I set an exercise and you have to tell a story of the animal in 8 pictures. Next time you see an animal, tell a story in 8 images and see what you come up with. If you do it, I would love to see your pictures and see how you went with the exercise.




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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