Orpheum Theatre: Photo-op of the Grand Old Lady

  • January 4, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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Our last event at the Orpheum Theater was a success. All involved were pleased with how it worked out and Mr. Haynes liked our enthusiasm so we are welcomed back. This time we will not have a tour; rather, we will be allowed to roam freely and photograph the spaces for 2 1/2 hours; we'll have the whole place to ourselves. We'll get a chance to photograph the lobbies, the theatre, the back-stage, the basement, the dressing rooms, the mezzanines, grand staircases, colonnades, arcades, murals, and other details in Baroque and Moorish revival styles, such as golden ornament, plasterwork, stonework, coffered ceilings and many crystal chandeliers.

Above: Orpheum Theatre by Sebastien Panouille

What to bring

Bring a tripod and a wide-angle lens to capture the grandeur of some of the spaces. For those members who wish for more staged scenes, you can bring a studio light, but I cannot confirm the accessibility of power receptacles in the theatre though. As well, you can invite someone to model for you. Please contact me so I can coordinate the attendance.

The drill

As before, I think many of you would like to take photographs of the stage and the theatre. To avoid mishaps with unwanted bodies in frames and flashes this time, we'll organize ourselves a little differently. First, we'll all set up on stage and take a certain amount of time to take our shots. During this time, the doors will be closed so no one can come in or leave, risking someone's shot. The general lighting to the theater will be on, but there will not be any stage lighting. And because we'll have tripods with us, the use of flash will be prohibited at this time. When we're done with the stage, those who wish to exit can, and we'll move into the parterre to take shots of the stage for a certain amount of time. And when that's done, we'll move to the mezzanines above to take more shots of the stage for a certain amount of time. Members who invited people to model for them can do so during this time; in coordination with the other members. In any case, I'll be there to help out. Then we'll open the doors again and make it free to move around. All the other spaces during this lock-down, like the lobbies, will of course be free to roam.

Mr. Haynes will have other guides with him. If one wishes to enter a space but finds the doors locked and it isn't restricted, you can ask Mr. Haynes to give you access.

We would all like to have the chance to make memorable photographs, but please, let's be mindful and considerate of our group mates. If I am given complaints or I notice someone being inconsiderate, they will be told to leave the theatre.

The Walk-about

We'll meet at the Smithe St. Entrance (601 Smithe St, corner Seymour) at 11:45 sharp. This will give us time to group before we are let in at 12:00 noon. The cost for this event is a $10 donation per person, which goes to the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame; please bring cash. We will end the event at 14:30 back at the lobby. Afterwards, we'll head over to The Buzz Café & Espresso Bar (901 Homer Street, corner Smithe) and get a cupper so we can share photos and conversations.

The Aim

The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others a chance to participate.

The Après-Meet

Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.

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  • Julie

    Awesome, it was very nicely organized!

    January 8, 2014

  • kelly

    really nice way to spend a saturday afternoon...

    January 7, 2014

  • Margo D.

    Very well organized. It was a very exciting opportunity to photography such a beautiful piece of Vancouvers' history.

    January 5, 2014

  • Sharon

    There could not have been a better first outing for me with this group. I could have spent all day in the theatre and not run out of subjects to photograph. Thanks to folks for being friendly and especially to Dionysios for organising.

    January 5, 2014

  • Mike C

    Very well organized and a great opportunity

    January 5, 2014

  • Margo D.

    Thank you so much for organizing this adventure. Such a beautiful piece of Vancouver history.....now to process my images...:)

    January 5, 2014

  • Colleen

    Wow! this is exactly the kind of thing I would have loved to attend. Please make this one happen again. I will most definitely attend. I love the Orpheum.

    January 5, 2014

  • julian

    Great idea. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore this building

    January 5, 2014

  • John B

    Excellent outing; lot's of fun. Thank you for putting this together.

    January 4, 2014

  • Brigitte

    Thanks for organizing this event. Such a beautiful treasure in the city. Can't wait to go back :)

    January 4, 2014

  • Tharaka M.

    My first time with this group and the experience was overwhelming..!!! Very well organized.. Thanks a million Dionysios...!!!

    January 4, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Wow. I mean wow. That was such fun folks. Thank you for coming out to play and making it fun. I had a good time getting to know you all a little more and hope to see y'all at a future event. So let's see your stuff; post up to 8 photographs. Tell us a little about them, why you like them or don't like them. Ask us questions about composition or exposure and we'll try to help. Again, I think the event went very well and the people from BCHOF like us, so we'll do this again in the summer. In the mean time of course keep an eye out for more exciting and challenging events with us. Merci beaucoup et à la prochaine!

    3 · January 4, 2014

  • Natasha

    A really fun event. Thanks for organising, Dionysios!

    January 4, 2014

  • Jessica C.

    it was very well organized. I am happy to be there today. Thanks.

    January 4, 2014

  • Darrell M.

    Thanks for an excellent event. It was well run and very enjoyable. Thanks Deonysios for organizing this.

    January 4, 2014

  • Peter H.

    Awesome!!

    January 4, 2014

  • Mark S.

    Great day. Thank you for such a warm welcome to my first event. Can't wait for the next one.

    January 4, 2014

  • Mike C

    Excellent shoot. . Thank you

    January 4, 2014

  • Aya

    Well organized and great venue. Thank you for organizing this event!

    January 4, 2014

  • Margo D.

    Finally....I've been trying all week...:) Excited!
    Do I have to print a "ticket"?

    January 4, 2014

    • Dionysios

      No, no ticket. But please remember that there is a $10 donation to the BCHOF. See you there!

      January 4, 2014

  • Mark S.

    Si excitée to sttenf

    January 4, 2014

  • Mark S.

    Si excitée to sttenf

    January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay, now I think the software is just taunting me :(

    2 · January 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I just happened to look up in a moment of frustration from the 2 hour conference call I was on analyzing a budget spreadsheet at the very moment the phone lit up with the reminder. This is very like the sporadic reward system that makes gambling addiction such a problem. I don't know if that's Meetups' intention or not, but the stimulus/effort/sporadic­ reward sure looks similar.

      2 · January 3, 2014

    • Dionysios

      I hope your mood is more enthusiastic at the event though.

      January 4, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Hi folks. 1 day left! If you're plans or mood changes, PLEASE CHANGE YOUR RSVP, so that your fellow members have the chance to attend. If you don't show it won't be fair to them and I'll put you on my naughty list, seriously. Don't forget your charged batteries and your cards!

    See y'all soon.

    1 · January 3, 2014

    • Dionysios

      See you all soon! À bientôt! Again, don't forget your tripods, batteries, wide lenses and cards, and enthusiasm! And if you're plans or mood changes between now and a little later, change your RSVP, it's okay we'll see one another at a next exciting event. Cheers.

      January 4, 2014

    • Dionysios

      Oh, and don't forget to bring your $10 for the BCHOF.

      January 4, 2014

  • Candy

    Have no choice but cancelling due to a bad cold. Hope to see you in the next event! Have fun! :-(

    January 4, 2014

  • Mae

    I was SO looking forward to this one! But I'm going to have to bow out at the 11th hour :( I was taken out by a beginner snowboarder tonight who didn't know how to stop *groan* and I'm feeling some whiplash effects from it. Just my luck!

    I hope there will be another one in the future that I can take part in.

    Wish you all fun and looking forward to your photos.

    January 3, 2014

    • kelly

      Awwh, I hope your okay soon take care and cuddle up with your cat!

      1 · January 4, 2014

  • Sebastien P.

    I won;t make that one, leaving spot for others! see you on the next event!

    January 3, 2014

  • Lesley

    Sorry, a surprise guest has arrived in town & I will have to give up my spot.

    January 3, 2014

  • julian

    OK, I missed again one spot opened. This system is a bit frustrating when having to work instead of staring to your phone or PC all day long :)

    I hope I will be able to make it in another occasion. Have fun the lucky ones attending.

    2 · January 3, 2014

  • Dionysios

    So folks, there is one week until the event. How's everybody doing? Any questions?

    December 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If a spot opens up , could I invite a guest ( mostly into theatre arts rather than photography)?

      December 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay. Understood. . It's getting pretty busy even without the extras. Maybe another time.

      January 2, 2014

  • Sharon

    ....my goodness! I guess it also pays to keep checking whenever you have a moment.....very excited about this. Looking forward to meeting you.

    January 1, 2014

  • Brigitte

    Woohoo....guess it pays to stay up past midnight...just snagged an open spot. Very excited :) Thank you !

    1 · January 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm getting carpal tunnel issues by the frequency I checked the past 3, days! Grrrrr. But happy New Years to you anyways!

      2 · January 1, 2014

  • kurt

    Discovered the site tonight, and in joining this group tonight I am excited. In reading here, it appears its a group where everyone is excited and motivated. I see this event is filled up. what is the normal size of this group ? Sounds like a lot of interest. My other question is, It appears that whatever the size of the group for the event, that more arrive for the "event" afterwards ? Im very excited to learn more. My new NEX 7 has be perplexed. But the potential is great. last comment,, Sebastian, Nice photo.

    December 30, 2013

    • Kris M.

      Hi Kurt, welcome to the group. Please visit our 'about' page for an overview of how the group works http://www.meetup.com...­

      December 31, 2013

    • Kris M.

      See you at a future event!

      December 31, 2013

  • Andrew P

    I have an email that has reminded me that I am on the wait list. When i log into meet up and check the status it says that the meet up is full and that I am being notified of open spots.
    I am not sure how this works, did I miss an opportunity to attend?

    December 29, 2013

    • Stephen B.

      With you on this one rob. I have been on a number of meetups with first come first serve (in 3 different countries) and there has never been a debate like this which is proof enough that people don't find it fair, but queuing is universally understood and accepted.

      December 30, 2013

    • Kris M.

      Unfortunately there is no solution available within the meetup rsvp settings to appease our specific group needs. The current system being used is not perfect, we agree, but it most closely allows the meetups to be open to all while keeping no show's to a minimum. Stay tuned for an organizers announcement addressing the issue.

      December 31, 2013

  • Filomena R.

    That's just fine. Thank you for explaining.

    December 30, 2013

  • Filomena R.

    Since there are so many people why can't we have a second group set up after the first group is done. Rather than wait for another meet-up since this one is so popular? or stagger a larger group, half the people an hour later or something? Just askin'

    December 30, 2013

    • Dionysios

      We have a good relationship with the BCHOF so we'll be doing the normal Orpheum Theatre tour in August again, but also have photo-ops, like this event, on a yearly basis. That seems to be the understanding between the BCHOF and I. The event will run for about three hours. I can't host another for that duration right after nor do I have the time to host another soon after because I want to diversify the events during the month. I see that it's popular, but I'm also not going to increase the attendance numbers because with a small group photogs will have enough elbow room to do their thing, and so I can spend time with people and generally co-ordinate. How's that?

      2 · December 30, 2013

  • Garry

    Will there be ghosts this time?

    December 28, 2013

    • Dionysios

      I surely hope so. For sure.

      December 29, 2013

  • Sebastien P.

    Thanks for using my picture here! I really appreciate!

    December 27, 2013

    • Dionysios

      You're welcome. It's a beautiful and calm photograph and one of my favorites of the day.

      December 28, 2013

  • Dionysios

    I'm glad to see that there is enthusiasm for this event. So if you want to bring a light stand or a friend to model, please email me with the details so I can coordinate attendance. Merci!

    1 · December 10, 2013

    • Greg

      My neighbor plays loud music. I do not like it in the morning. I do not like it in the evening. Where is my lime margarita?

      December 20, 2013

    • Dionysios

      Perfect. I giggled loud at that.

      December 20, 2013

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