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Ruskin Cave Photography Workshop

This Meetup will begin at the Renaissance Center where we will have a brief orientation about the plan for the day. The Renaissance Center is 15 minutes from Bellevue or 30 minutes from downtown Nashville. Then we will travel by car 10 miles to historic and picturesque Ruskin Cave Resort where we will have exclusive access to the grounds.

We will spend the morning at the covered Hummingbird Pavilion.  Participants will receive instruction on techniques to photograph Hummers including the setup of multiple Speedlites. The goal will be for each participant to take home stunning photos of the fearless little birds.

We will grill hotdogs and enjoy lunch with cool air inside the massive entrance to Ruskin Cave. This cave will seat over 1000 people!

After lunch, we will take our cameras inside Jewell Cave, also located on the grounds. Jewell Cave is a spectacular "show" cave which is closed to the general public. Gorgeous stalactites and rare cave formations abound. Foot travel is easy and the path through the cave is well lit.

Finish the day taking more Hummingbird photos during their late afternoon feeding frenzy. Or bring sandals to wade the gin clear waters of Yellow Creek and photograph the flora.

The scenic grounds offer many other photo opportunities from landscape to macro. Bring all your gear! Bring your swim suit and jump in the huge swimming pool.

The goal is great Hummingbird photos so the meetup is limited to only 6 participants. Facilities, instructor, some equipment and lunch is included.

While everyone is encourage to bring and use their own photography gear, a Canon 5D Mk3, multiple speedlites on stands and a remote release will be set up for all to use at the Hummingbird Pavilion. Bring a spare SD or Compact Flash card to take advantage of the camera and strobes which will produce photos that pop, like the photo above (taken at Ruskin).

More details will be provided to interested members who RSVP.


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  • Doug J.

    I want to thank everyone who came to this meetup. A fun group of hardworking photographers. I am sure everyone has some great pics to share.

    James has proven to me that a 4/3rd censored camera kicks butt! I want one!

    Karen LR took photos into the early evening. Her tenacity certainly paid off. Tim has traveled the world with his camera and is photoshop savvy. I look forward to seeing his pics. Angie is so nice and she gets super focused when its time to take photos. Karen B. got some great shots. I know because several of her pics were put on my camera card by my mistake! Big Mike! He is a real pro! I have some pics coming your way, Mike.

    Special thanks to Mike Gannon. Thank you Teresa G. for the slide show. Watch for another meetup soon. The subjects will be South American Dart Frogs! Thank you all for a great day! We will set up a gratis return trip to the cave in October.


    2 · August 11, 2014

    • James Q

      Thanks, Doug, for organizing the day. I had a nice time meeting you and everyone else, too.

      1 · August 12, 2014

  • Karen L.

    Awesome meetup! And a really great group of people too - nice to meet you all! :)

    1 · August 11, 2014

  • Karen B.

    I had a great time. What a friendly group of people.

    2 · August 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative.

    2 · August 10, 2014

  • Karen L.

    Really excited about this course!

    August 9, 2014

  • Pamela P.

    Sorry, too steep for my budget...Have fun to those who get to go! :-)

    July 26, 2014

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