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Perry's Water Gardens - Franklin, NC

"Perry's Water Gardens - Franklin, NC"
Perry's Water Gardens

Interested in shooting flowers? This may be the trip for you!

I just spoke with Perry's and my contact stated that while the height of the season is actually early in July we should still have plenty to photograph on the date we have planned. For anyone that is planning on driving up that wants to caravan or share rides we will meet b/t 6:45 & 7AM the morning of the shoot on the north side of town near 85. A good meeting location is the Super Walmart which is located between Satellite Blvd and 85 on Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd NW. If you want to share rides with someone in the group just post a comment and make arrangements!

Address for Walmart is:
3245 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd NW, Suwanee, GA 30024. ...or you can just head up on your own and meet us at approximately 9 AM on the grounds. The drive is approximately 2 hours. I will probably stay till mid-afternoon but anyone is free to arrive and depart on their own schedule of course. All photographers should plan on making a modest donation for gaining access to the grounds.

From their web site: "The best time of day to view our Nymphaea (water lilies varieties) is 10 am to 2pm whereas many varieties don?t begin to open until between 9am and 10am and like wise begin to close slowly after 2pm. Our Nymphaea (water lilies) begin to bloom early April and began to decrease blooming in early September. The same time of day applies also to our Nelumbo (Lotus varieties) they open and close their blooms also."

Before visiting consider using sunscreen or bug repellent, bring refreshments especially during the heat season. An umbrella for shade while walking is nice and needed for the pop-up rain shower.

Ideas for gear you may want to consider bringing: Tripod, macro lens, tele/zoom lenses, extension tubes (if you have them), close-up filter, polarizing filter, flash, flash cord, diffuser, etc. I would also recommend bringing plenty to eat and drink. Perry's does not sell food or beverages. My sample images:
lgossphotos - Perry's Water Gardens

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  • Lisa D.

    Thanks again to Lee for organizing this meetup. The flowers at the garden were amazing and I loved having the opportunity to photograph them up close and personal! Great group of people in attendance... thanks for all the pointers I got... esp from Stephen and Maurice! After seeing some of the pictures others posted, I'm really looking forward to the next trip to try out of some these great composition ideas!

    August 9, 2010

  • Glenn T.

    Great job by Lee, thanks so much for leading.

    August 9, 2010

  • Dale F.

    This was a great shoot! It was technically challenging, so we got lot's practice with tough shooting situaions, but the subject matter was compelling enough that it definitely worth the effort. Couldn't have asked for a better day to shoot cool stuff and get a great photo workout.

    August 8, 2010

  • Lee G.

    This was a productive shoot with lots of fun people! Thanks to everyone that came out. Looking forward to seeing everyone's images as they get posted!

    August 8, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first Meetup and I LOVED it! The weather was beautiful, and the garden was amazing. Everyone was really friendly and I got some great advice (Thanks Marti!) Totally worth the drive up!

    August 8, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    great outing-nice group of folks of varying abilities and interests. everyone helped out and made for a fun and great shoot

    August 8, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a great group of people and I highly recommend this Meetup group.

    August 8, 2010

  • Eileen S.

    AWESOME! Loved it! Thank you Lee for driving. I would have never found this place on my own.

    August 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I LOVED this place.. Excellent all around.. Nice day.. and beautiful (and not too long) drive up there.. and very happy with the shots I got!

    August 7, 2010

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