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Old Theatre – From the Archives

Palais Theatre Box Office 1

I considered not doing a blog post today, I had no idea what to do. I painted some new canvas’s today so I would have some new backdrops, well different ones.  I was going to do a still life, but I got caught doing a jigsaw puzzle with my daughter and the still life just didn’t happen.  We did, however finish the puzzle.

I thought, I hadn’t been through my negatives for awhile so here are some old images for you and in some ways really go well with yesterdays post.

This is the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, I believe is still there.  A stunning building.  I would have taken these photos around 1997 or 98.  I love this image of the theatre.  It was taken very early in the morning.  You can see the sun shinning on the building, but there are clouds in the background.  I think it is good how the light is reflecting on the building.

This images was taken at the same time, but from the other side.  The sun has gone away and the building looks very flat and the image doesn’t work.  I thought you should see it for that reason, but also so can see the theatre from the other direction.  I wonder how much better this would have looked if the sun was still out.

The iron work around the box office area is fantastic.  You can see from this image that the sun is low in the sky, otherwise the box offices would not be lit up like they are.  If there had been no sunlight I think you wouldn’t see the detail that is there.

I gotta say, I love this image.  There is something about it that I think is just brilliant.  I have always like it.  I didn’t like the sign at the end of the columns.   It had some advertising on it and I found it distracting, so I got rid of it.  I think that is one of the best things about digtal.

The sun was still rising and it has made this shot possible.  If the sun had been up a little more then the box offices would have been in shadow and you wouldn’t see the detail in the them.  It is always a good idea to think about your subject and which lighting will provide you with the best image.  Which way does it face, should you use early morning light, or late afternoon light.  What type of image are you going for.  Planning is very important.  If you want to see more about it check out this post

These photos were taken with black and white film.  Kodak T400.  I liked that film because you got black and white photos but without all the hassle of previous films.  You could just take it to your lab and they would process it as if it were colour and then print them.  Great.  Well it was back then.

  1. I totally agree about that last shot…the long shadows behind the columns, and the orning sun on the front give it nice depth…
    It’s a beautiful old building, too.

    January 29, 2012
    • It is, and thankfully they haven’t tried to redevelop it, I think. I will have to go for another wonder down there early one morning.

      January 30, 2012
  2. I love your description. A lesson in itself!

    January 30, 2012
    • Thank you, hopefully I am helping others.

      January 30, 2012
  3. I really like the shots of the box office too. Terrific.

    January 30, 2012
    • I’m with you. My favourite is the last one.

      January 30, 2012

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