Backstage At The Bushnell

I'm excited to offer our member a special tour of the Bushnell Theater. Built in 1930 by the same architects as Radio City Music Hall 2 years later, there is a lot to photograph from the Art Deco interiors, Dale Chilhuly Sculpture, the backstage area itself as well as other interesting surprises for many of us.

I've arranged for a tour group that will point out the special features and history of the two theaters (Belding Theater that opened in 2001) that will allow us time to photograph the details and different perspectives since we will be allowed in areas that the general public never gets to see.

NOTE: Please plan to arrive about 10 or 15 minutes early because the tour guides will start at 12 Noon because there is an event going on at 1 and we will have a chance to photograph the Chilhuly chandelier before it gets crowded.

There will be parking across the street at the State Office Building

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  • Venu

    Wow! Great pics of the Bushnell. I am a just little disappointed that I had to miss this here. But here a a few pics, from among the hundreds, that I captured around South West Florida. It was bright and sunny and a war 80F :-) http://www.flickr.com/photos/34288079@N08/sets/72157633001974851/

    March 17, 2013

  • Anna W.

    Hello fellow photogs. Does any remember the name if the lovely Bushnell staffer who welcomed us yesterday? She introduced our tour guides. Please let me know if anyone got her name. Thank you.

    March 11, 2013

    • Ira D.

      Her name is Wendy.

      March 11, 2013

  • Ray

    Very good outing! Nice t see such a turnout. Thanks, Ira.

    March 11, 2013

  • Janusz

    Excellent we have lot to shoot very interesting tour Thank you Ira

    March 11, 2013

  • Belinda S.

    Outstanding. So much to shoot. The more I looked, the more you saw to shoot

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • Sue K

    Terrific meetup. Thanks Ira, you've done it again!

    March 11, 2013

  • Rich

    Great tour and company.... four hours and every minute was fun! Thanks for hosting Ira.

    March 10, 2013

  • Sharon

    so, so sorry for the last minute - my mom ended up in the hospital and will need surgery tomorrow. :( have fun, hope someone can fill the spot last minute.

    March 9, 2013

    • Sharon

      Thank you so much! she broke her leg in two places falling on the ice. Surgery today and she is doing ok.

      1 · March 10, 2013

    • Sharon

      Photos look great though - I am so sorry I missed it!

      March 10, 2013

  • Lance J.

    Great tour of a very interesting location. Thank you Ira for putting together a wonderful afternoon.

    March 10, 2013

  • Anna W.

    Great meet-up. Thank you Ira and Bushnell.

    March 10, 2013

  • Pat

    Very interesting. Thank you for a new experience.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tour was very good. Thanks Ira for arranging this. Had such fun chatting and snapping!

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup terrific tour and they gave us a good amount of time to shoot!

    March 10, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Excellent! Got to see and learn things I never knew.

    March 10, 2013

  • Ira D.

    Interesting, informative at the Bushnell Memorial and Belding Theaters. We didn't miss a thing from the projection booth to the stages and the Chilhuly Chandelier.

    March 10, 2013

  • Warren

    Please remember to post no more than 12 photos per person.

    March 10, 2013

  • Lance J.

    Looking forward to the tour tomorrow. What are the prospects for lighting. Will there be any opportunity for natural light shots inside?

    March 9, 2013

    • Sue K

      Did we find out if tripods or monopods are ok?

      March 10, 2013

    • Lance J.

      I believe the position on tripods was negative due to the number of the group and the pace of the tour

      March 10, 2013

  • Ira D.

    Thanks to all our members for taking the time to let us know that they won't be able to make it.
    It opened up a enough slots, so that everyone who wants to go, will be able to fill those slots.
    We try to make everyone happy and offer some interesting and unique opportunities for the photographers, both newbies, and experienced.
    Please post your best images to a the Photos section so we can all share the experience.
    It's not a contest, so everyone can post some of their best photos from the event.

    1 · March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm sorry that I have to cancel, however, someone else will now get to go to this!

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, I got in. I didn't think I would so I made plans to ski. Freeing up my spot for another wait-lister. Have a great time!

    March 9, 2013

  • Warren

    The waiting list is down so I've opened up the RSVPs with the expectation there will be several more changes before Sunday. Once the wait list reaches 6-8, I'll shut it down.

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone up for a new facebook profile pic while we're there? I want one, so dress up and look for me so we can shoot each other too.

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds really interesting! Too bad that I joined yesterday, otherwise I would go. I am looking forward to the next Meetup. Hopefully I can make it! =)

    March 8, 2013

  • Mindy Joy R.

    I won't be able to make it. Hope that a wait-lister will be able to take advantage of this great photo opportunity~

    March 8, 2013

    • Ira D.

      Thank you Mindy. I'm sure the next on the list appreciates it.

      1 · March 8, 2013

  • Dot

    I can't attend either - my father-in-law is in the hospital, so weekend is now up in the air. Glad someone else can move up off the waiting list. Can't wait to see the photos.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A conflict has come up for me. Glad someone else can attend.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't look like I'd get in, so I made other plans. Enjoy!

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Phew - thanks Warren for the reminder!

    March 4, 2013

  • Warren

    To all the attendees: PLEASE REMEMBER to ADJUST YOUR CLOCKS! This is the first Meet-up for Daylight Savings time and if you don't spring forward you'll get there an hour late. I don't think Ira is going to wait on you, so make your plans accordingly.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Venu

    Ira: I am afraid I cannot make it as I am gonne be at a warm and sunny beach down South :) Enjoy!

    1 · March 3, 2013

    • Ira D.

      Don't forget your camera ! Warm, sunny beach?

      March 3, 2013

    • Venu

      sure my camera goes with me..yes.. 80 deg F.. and sunny... :)

      March 3, 2013

  • Mark H.

    This sounds awesome.

    March 3, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Sorry for the short notice, but I can't make it.

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How can we see the order of who's on the waiting list?

    February 28, 2013

    • Mark H.

      Jessica, they're listed on the right side column, underneath those who are attending. It currently shows 40 attending, 11 on the waiting list and 3 not going.

      February 28, 2013

  • Warren

    Correct, the limit was increased to 40 according to info provided by Ira. There were also a couple of drop outs, including one member who quit the group.

    February 27, 2013

  • Sue K

    Ira, how long is the tour? Is it over by the 1:00 event?

    February 26, 2013

    • Ira D.

      I think it'll run close to 2 hours.

      February 27, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Are tripods allowed?

    February 26, 2013

    • Ira D.

      I don't know Mark, but I'll check on it and let everyone know. It may be difficult with the size of the group and the timetable we have to deal with.

      1 · February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we meeting in the Bushnell or Belding lobby?

    February 25, 2013

    • Ira D.

      Bushnell Memorial at 11:45 AM (The old building)

      February 25, 2013

  • Ira D.

    I've closed reservations for the Bushnell Meetup since we are very limited to 35 people due to requirements of the Bushnell and getting a tour of all of the features.

    We hope to have another meetup at a later date.

    We will be contacting the first 35 signups and see if there are any cancellations. If there are cancellations up to the last week, then any waitlist members will be contacted by email that they are in the group of 35. It is important to be there around 11:45 AM, so the tours can go at 12 Noon Sharp. There are events going on, so they require a tight schedule and limited our group.

    This special meetup is for paid members only.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    February 25, 2013

  • Janusz

    Hi everyone. I new to this group and I wish that maybe we could have another tour of the Bushnell Theater in future

    February 20, 2013

  • Paula D.

    Can't make it, I'll be skiing. This sounds like a good shoot! Have fun!

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks my first Meetup.

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds awesome!

    February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to my first Meetup.

    January 30, 2013

  • Warren

    Sorry folks. Vicki and I are looking into how this happened and will try to make sure it doesn't happen again. As attendance for this event is limited, we are not allowing guests for this event per our written policy in the read me you were all sent links to a few weeks ago. As such, the reservations have been changed accordingly. If this affects your desire to attend this event, please feel free to change your rsvp. Again, this should not have happened to begin with and we are looking at the how and why we got into this situation so we can insure it doesn't happen again.

    1 · January 30, 2013

  • Belinda S.

    Looking forward to some great photo ops.

    January 30, 2013

  • Ira D.

    NOTE: We've reached our sign up limit of 35. Since it's early, please change yourRSVP, if you find you can't make it.

    We will take a couple of STANDBY's.

    This is the fastest sign up for a photo op I've ever seen since i've been a member. Thanks to all of you.. Stay tuned for any changes or new .spaces that open.

    And, please post your photos after the meetup.

    January 30, 2013

  • Mark H.

    This sounds awesome.

    January 29, 2013

  • Ira D.

    We are limited to 35 people for the tour.
    We will wait list, but they are limited.

    January 29, 2013

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