Finding Motivation

What inspires us to get out with our gear and do what we love, capturing images? Where do we find our motivation? Like many artists I sometimes lack the get up and go to just head out with my gear and shoot. What would I shoot? I can’t think of anything of interest to photograph. The light isn’t right. It’s raining. I’d rather sit at my computer and work on images.

Race to the Ball

Race to the Ball

Familiarity with the area gets in the way of going shooting. When I’ve returned from our travels that is the feeling I sometimes get. I’ve ‘seen it all’ and nothing here really motivates me to be creative.

Over the years, I’ve found inspiration in shooting special events. The Kelowna Apple Triathlon and the Vernon Winter Carnival have provided me great opportunity to be creative and capture the essence of the event.

Years ago, in the early 1970’s I was able to slip into the staging area at the Williams Lake Stampede. I just minded my own business, kept my head down and shot images of the events as they occurred around me. Today, security guards would make that kind of entry impossible.

Being able to climb the coral fences and feel the action so close to me was exhilarating to say the least. Cowboys preparing for the ride of their lives, cattle roping and the speed of the barrel races was such a frantic scene. Rubbing shoulders with riders and being close to the livestock was very exciting.

Two weeks ago, I finally satisfied one of my long awaited event shoots, a polo match. Kelowna’s polo club plays on a field near the airport. On the August long weekend teams from Alberta and the lower mainland met with the Kelowna club for a weekend of matches.

Like the Williams Lake Stampede I was able to get close to the event, right on the sidelines. I did not have to dodge a security patroller. I wandered around the horse trailers, saw the horses and riders prepare for their matches and captured the action as it galloped past me. Speed and power – amazing!

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  1. John bradley September 15, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    Great stu I remember the Williams lake event. Where the real cowboys hang out. John

    • Stu Dale September 24, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      You might have been with me when I was there.

  2. Gary September 25, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    Great action shot, Stu!

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