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Macro Madness!

Get out those closeup lenses. It's time for Macro Madness!

To be clear, the idea is to focus on the "little things in life." This does not mean you must have a macro-focusing lens. In fact, the kit lenses of most DSLRs do a fabulous job these days. It does mean you'll want to wear some pants that can get down and dirty, because your knees will be brown and muddy. I guarantee it!

No, we're not meeting at the crack of dawn for once. Nice for those of us who could really use some beauty rest. We'll hope for overcast skies. But, if it is really sunny, we'll practice shooting macro subjects in the shade (found or made), and then we'll splash some reflected light into the area of the shaded subject. Sound fun? Join us!    (detailed directions below)

Directions from the Ijams website:

Ijams Nature Center is located at 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37920, approximately three miles from downtown Knoxville.

Please call[masked] if you need special assistance with directions.
From Downtown Knoxville via Gay Street

Take the Gay Street bridge south and turn left onto Sevier Avenue. Follow Sevier Avenue. After passing through two traffic lights turn left onto Island Home Avenue. Follow Island Home Avenue, which turns right by the entrance to Island Home Park. Follow green directional signs to Ijams., approximately 1.5 miles on your left.

From Interstate 40W
Take James White Pkwy Exit 388A
Continue on two left lanes down James White Parkway
Cross over the TN River and take the Sevier Ave./Hillwood Dr. exit
Turn Left onto Sevier Ave. (turns into Hillwood Dr.)
Turn Right onto Island Home Ave. (at bottom of hill)
Ijams is approximately 1 mile on the Left

From Interstate 40E
Take James White Pkwy Exit 388A
Merge onto James White Pkwy.
Cross over the TN River and take the Sevier Ave./Hillwood Dr. exit
Turn Left onto Sevier Ave. (turns into Hillwood Dr.)
Turn Right onto Island Home Ave. (at bottom of hill)
Ijams is approximately 1 mile on the Left


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  • Paul H.

    Thanks for your patience group. We will have something on the books for May. And a big outing in June! All coming after this weekend. I've been tied up working hard to launch a creative project called http://www.alivephoto.net/­ You might enjoy some of the talented photographers who have collaborated to make it.

    2 · May 7, 2014

  • Paul H.

    Perhaps we should get another macro day on the books soon. Perhaps even up toward the park as April begins to bloom... What say you?

    7 · March 17, 2014

  • Betty G.

    Sounds good to me.

    March 17, 2014

  • Shelley

    I love seeing all the posted photographs - some wonderful images were captured that day - everyone is so talented! I too learnt a lot and hope to come out again.

    2 · March 17, 2014

  • Mark H.

    Really loved today. It's great to see all the different ways people see!

    3 · March 15, 2014

  • Robert F.

    Really enjoyed meeting everyone today look forward to next meet up. Me and my wife both learned some things today thanks all for the gr8 advice.

    3 · March 15, 2014

  • Juan N.

    Great day to be out taking pictures

    1 · March 15, 2014

  • Emma H

    That was fun! Now I've got some ideas for some new toys I might want.

    2 · March 15, 2014

  • Eric F.

    wonderful people, really enjoyed learning from you guys

    1 · March 15, 2014

  • Michael W.

    Great meet-up today!

    March 15, 2014

  • Todd A.

    Would love to come if a spot opens up :o)

    March 14, 2014

    • Paul H.

      Todd, looks like you're in. It will be good to meet you!

      1 · March 14, 2014

    • Todd A.

      Likewise!

      March 14, 2014

  • Betty G.

    Paul, Rarity Bay would be a perfect place for dawn and lots of spring blooms, plus mountain and lake views in April, too.

    1 · March 13, 2014

    • Paul H.

      I think you're onto something...

      March 14, 2014

    • Betty G.

      I can send you dawn pictures. Our parkway is lined with flowering pear trees very eager to bloom. And the lake and the mountains can be seen from many, many vantage points. We also have a resident bald eagle. But who knows if we can get him to do his thing.

      March 14, 2014

  • Paul H.

    Anyone need a tripod? I can bring a couple extra if you're interested in trying one out.

    March 14, 2014

  • JO-YO

    I have to drop out, so hopefully someone can use my spot.

    March 14, 2014

    • Paul H.

      See you next time Jonathan.

      March 14, 2014

  • mike m.

    DAMN !!
    Have a family thing to do --result of 2 years on the road
    What/when is the next event?

    March 11, 2014

    • Paul H.

      No worries Mike. Still pending, but probably a couple next month. One closer to town, and probably one up in/around the mtns. Have any ideas? Post in the "suggested" tab above.

      March 13, 2014

  • Mark H.

    I am getting excited!!!!

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • mike m.

    I just got in last night from 2 years in California . I will be there
    I don't believe I've paid any dues yet

    March 11, 2014

  • Shelley

    Apparently I never responded in the affirmative for this event even though I put it in all my calendars. It also said originally that it was at 7 am. I guess I am losing my mind but hope to come to my first event soon.

    March 9, 2014

    • Paul H.

      Also, it does appear you are RSVPed Yes currently.

      March 11, 2014

    • Shelley

      Yes a spot opened up and moved me from the wait list to the "yes" list. thanks

      March 11, 2014

  • Bill C.

    I would love to come and share but we will be kayaking on the coast of GA with UT for Spring Break.. Maybe next time..

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Aaron F.

    I'm so excited!! I can't wait!!

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Betty G.

    Bill, you will be missed. Have fun kayaking.

    March 4, 2014

  • Betty G.

    Guess, what, Paul? Linda Riley is planning to come!!!

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Dale O.

    Haven't had my macro lens out for a while. Looking forward to the little things in life!

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Mark H.

    Sounds like a fun time. Looking forward to it.

    1 · February 16, 2014

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