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.
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.
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 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.
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.