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You Often Hear This… Just Wait

You have heard me say this so many times in the past and you’ll see other examples of the above as time goes on. People often will state that’ wow you must have a really good camera’ and you know that I have quoted that before. The camera has nothing to do with the composition of the shot, has nothing to do with being prepared to wait, has nothing to do with your own perception of what is happening around you, has nothing to do with getting up early for sunrise   and the list is endless.

All the camera does is to become that tool to capture what is before you . You have to know the know how, you have to understand how light and composition works and you have to have the knowledge that will improve your photography. The camera cannot do that for you.

In this short blog I just want to stress the importance of being prepared to wait and it is through the waiting that you can often capture something better than you did in the outset.

In this series of shots, the first shot that I took was a shot to record the event just in case the two zebras would simply run into the bush. As they were used to being watched , I said to the guide that I want to stay longer as I was hoping to capture an image that was more engaging and less distant.

The shot above was that shot to capture a moment when the foal was feeding. When you come across something like this you have no idea how long the foal will feed for. Once the shutter was pressed I was waiting for a moment that would be more engaging and that came a few minutes later when the mother made eye contact with the camera.

The image below although not directly looking at the camera still is an engaging moment as the mother appears to be looking out for your young foal to make sure they are no nasty predators lurking in the bushland

These shots where taken not because I had a good camera but rather they were taken as I know the importance of just waiting and not being in a hurry. It doesn’t have to be in Africa, its doesn’t have to be in wildlife, the same applies what ever you are capturing  and no matter what the subject, if you are prepared to wait, you will be rewarded most times.

In your waiting , if you still don’t get that shot you were hoping for, it will make you appreciate that moment when you do finally get it and you will also appreciate other images from other photographers as you will know that a lot of the time, it just doesn’t happen.

To get that shot ,you really need to be self discipline in waiting, it is as simple as that, just 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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