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Members of the Macedon Ranges Photographic Society are showcasing the region in a six-week exhibition starting on Sunday.

The exhibition ‘The Ranges in Focus’ features prints captured in the Macedon Ranges, displaying birds, destinations and much more.

Displayed on the windows of Shop 27, Gisborne Village Shopping Centre, about 40 images will be on show from December 17 until January 7, with another set of prints on display from January 7 to 28.

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Twenty-two members are represented in the exhibition, showcasing their finest work for the public to enjoy, and purchases can be made through a QR code that will link buyers to the society’s website.

A digital display of all the printed images will also be set up inside the shop.

‘Spring in Woodend’ by Colleen Mahoney is one of many photographs on display at the Macedon Ranges Photographic Society exhibition at Shop 27, Gisborne Village Shopping Centre. ​

Macedon Ranges Photographic Society president Jeni Marinier said a fair amount of effort went into the prints including editing, composition, sourcing a location and best time of day/night for lighting.

“We do technical nights as well and that’s how we learn how to take photos – so it’s a long process and all the members who would have taken these photos would have had some form of learning along the way,” she said.

“Whether it was a tech night or whether they’ve done a class or whether they’ve actually even done a course – some are self-taught – there’s different ways that the members have learned.”

Ms Marinier said visitors would experience the Macedon Ranges from a photographer’s point of view.

“It’s given me an opportunity to get in my car and get out there and do something, rather than being stuck at home, and exploring because I’m not from this area,” she said.

“I’ve only been living here for 10 years, it’s all new to me, so now doing it through a different lens … it’s quite rewarding.

“If it wasn’t for photography, I really wouldn’t have explored.”

The society has more than 60 members who meet bi-monthly at Dromkeen in Riddells Creek.

The meetings allow members to engage in discussion, technical nights, meet guest presenters, experience member presentations and inter-club competitions.

Besides general meetings, the club also offers walkabouts and weekend photography trips.

The current age of members is 50 plus, but Ms Marinier said she would love to expand the age demographic to include late-teens.

Ms Marinier thanked the Community Bank Gisborne and District for its grant that contributed to the event.

‘The Ranges in Focus’ exhibition launches on Sunday with an official opening at 2pm.

If people are interested in joining and wanting to know more about membership, contact info@macedon-ranges-photography.org.au

The photographs will be live for sale on the website soon at macedon-ranges-photography.org.au

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