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Photography group inspired by the rain

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Bundaberg Photography Enthusiasts Jodie Hall, Gerry Brookes and Denise Cauchi at the Botanic Gardens.

On a wet evening in Bundaberg CBD when most people are at home, a group of photographers hit the streets to capture the reflections and light patterns that such a night brings.

Bundaberg Photography Enthusiasts are a Facebook group that often get together for outings.

Started by Rowen Bestman in 2011, the group has grown to nearly 300 active members ranging from beginners to professional photographers.

Dianne Foley has been a member of the group for about seven years.

“I did a course before I joined the group, but it was good going out because everyone shared their knowledge,” she said.

“As much as photography, it’s social as well.

“It’s good to go out with a group because they keep you motivated. Every time you go out you usually learn something.”

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Bundaberg Photography Enthusiast member Dianne Foley's photo of the Bundaberg CBD on a wet night.

Photography group for beginners and experienced

Gerry Brookes is one of the group’s administrators and said anybody who had a love of photography and wanted to expand their abilities was always welcome to join.

“Those who are more experienced share their knowledge to help beginners develop their skills,” Gerry said.

“Outings are not just local trips; we have had a weekend away at Cania Gorge, Serenity Falls near Buderim and the Gold Coast to do waterfalls and national parks down there.

“We just had a really great local outing with Ben Revell who does wonderful nature photography.

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Bundaberg Photography Enthusiast Denise Cauchi, Gerry Brookes and Jodie Hall at the Botanic Gardens.

“That was really cool for the members and we had a really great roll up out to Barolin Nature reserve photographing frogs, spiders and even a snake.”

Gerry said group outings were open to everyone, from new photographers to experienced professionals.

“We pride ourselves on being a family-orientated group and welcome children and partners to come along,” Gerry said.

“We recently had an outing in the Bundaberg CBD to do some night photography with car trails and wet reflections.

“People love to share their photos and show others what they have achieved.”

After six years in the group, photographer Lisa McDonald Hooper said she had formed bonds and friendships that would last a lifetime.

“There is always someone that can give advice and ideas with photography and your camera at any time,” she said.

To become a member of the Bundaberg Photography Enthusiasts, head over to their Facebook page and send them a message.

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