Member of the Camera Club enjoyed the Bunya Mountains Retreat Back, standing L-R: Paivi Lobigs, Frank Posch, Claire Hammond, Cheryl Murphy and John Murphy, Maree Davies. Middle, sitting L-R: Mary Boyce, Cathy Reed, Ingrid Chennells, Wendy Heaslip, Jacquie Cross. Front, sitting L-R: Julie Hartwig (President), Sue Mason, Leigh Reinhardt and Greg Reinhardt.
By Julie Hartwig, President, Tin Can Bay Camera Club
In September, 15 Tin Can Bay Camera Club members packed their camera bags and headed for the Bunya Mountains for five days of fun and photography frivolity.
On the way to the Bunyas, we stopped at the Wooroolin Wetlands near Kingaroy, but with the drought and lack of rain, these were more “drylands” with not a drop of water remaining in the wetlands.
Another stop was made in Kingaroy to photograph the massive peanut silos.
While it was early spring, it was bitterly cold with a gusty gale-force south west wind blowing.
Despite the chilly temperatures, the weather was fine with clear, though smoke-filled skies from bushfires burning further south on the Sunshine Coast, Scenic Rim and Granite Belt.
Members spent the week enjoying the national park photographing birds, nature and landscapes.
From tiny forest birds such as Eastern Yellow Robins, Fairy Wrens, Bowerbirds, King Parrots, Rosellas and Currawongs, to butterflies and roaming wallabies with their joeys, no one was disappointed by the diversity of subjects on offer.
Members also participated in organised workshops, including Window Light Portraiture, Still Life by Window Light, Lensball Landscapes and Lensball Light Painting.
At every annual retreat, a challenge subject is chosen and retreat participants are asked to submit one photo – their best or favourite – of the subject. This year’s challenge subject was “Joeys” which ensured everyone spent time chasing joeys to get their best photo.
As usual, an enjoyable and relaxing time was had by all and everyone is already looking forward to our 2020 Retreat.