Day 63 – Orange Hall   12 comments

Built in 1903 by its members, the Orange Hall is the local meeting place for the Orange Order, the purpose of which is “to bring together the ‘Protestants’ of various denominations – Episcopalian – Presbyterian – Independents – Huguenots – Quakers – into one homogenous grouping to maintain their Protestant religion and way of life and as a distinctive affirmation that they intended to hold fast to the freedom of religion”.

The earliest records of an Orange Lodge in Canada date back to 1783 in New Brunswick though the institution was only officially established in 1796. The Order, based mainly in Ireland, is named for William Henry of Orange who in 1689 was crowned King William III of England alongside his wife, Queen Mary II. Members of the lodge promise to “remember and hold sacred the name of King William III, Prince of Orange, for his military victories which furthered the cause of civil and religious liberty for all mankind”.

The Orange Hall continues to be actively used by its members.


12 responses to “Day 63 – Orange Hall

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  1. I love the smoke! As a child, the Orange Hall was a fire and brimstone kind of place for me. It’s probably much calmer now. My grandmother celebrated Orangeman’s Day, July 12, and got in a bit of a panic if the tiger lilies were not in bloom by then. We were also forbidden from wearing green on St. Patrick’ Day (at least when she was in town). Long live religious tolerance. You’re doing some great exploring, Mike. Keep ’em coming!

  2. I am really liking this series Mike! Interesting composition with the stairs being cut off but, I really think it works giving the “old feel” processing. The smoke coming up really adds a great touch. 😀

    • Hmm, maybe I should have worked harder to keep the stairs in, but I kind of like the way they lead into the photo from the front left. Honestly, the perspective here was a bit tricky – the building is in very close quarters with a huge snow pile and I had trouble getting any further back. As a result the building was a bit distorted from the wide angle. While the stairs were entirely in the original shot, perspective correction brought them forward and slightly out of frame.

  3. Oh my goodness. Great composition and the whole thing is just about to take off! AND the preacher will come out onto the little bit at the top of the stairs (it’s calling for it) and turn into an Alien!

    It’s great fun, a fabulous photo, and now that I’m getting it, brilliant use of HDR.

  4. Ok, I have an amateur question, but as I help organise Chris’s band photoshoots, I’m keen to know. What is HDR in non-photographer’s terms? If I wanted to suggest to a photographer to come up with this kind of tone (which makes the sky look amazing in your image), what would I say?

    The photographer is proposing a location at Point Nepean with some disused buildings for the next one, and I think a few would look great with this kind of colouring (or whatever it is).

    • Michelle, HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Dynamic range is a term we use to express the range of light that film (or a digital camera sensor) can capture. That is the range of light and dark in a scene where the brightest point in a photo still contains details and the darkest shadows still contain detail. Outside that dynamic range, the highlights are blown out (no details, just white) and the shadows are just black.
      High dynamic range is a technique that allows us to extend the range of light that can be captured on film (or sensor) by taking multiple exposures of the same scene. Shoot one shot at the “correct” exposure, shoot a second shot that is underexposed and shoot a third shot that is overexposed. You can shoot more exposures if you want, but three is pretty common.
      Specialised software is then used to combine the three photos into a single shot that has a higher dynamic range than could be achieved with a single exposure. In the final shot, we are able to pull out a lot more detail from the shadows (using the overexposed frame) and a lot more detail from the highlights (using the underexposed frame).
      The technique becomes a bit more tricky if there’s movement between the three shots so shooting the band with this technique might be tricky. You can do HDR from a single shot as long as the photographer is shooting in RAW (he/she shouldl know what that is). They can then produce an overexposed and underexpose shot from the one raw, but doesn’t always work as well.
      HDR is very popular for old, disused buildings so I think it could work well for you.
      Note that the black and white processing and the copper-toning of this image were done separately from the HDR processing. For the conversion to black and white, I use a Photoshop plugin called Silver Efex Pro 2. Happy to talk about it more. Just send me an email and we can get into more details.

  5. WOW this is WAY more interesting, colour esp, when viewed on your site. The email version I get is nothing like this.

    I’ll have to make sure I come here each time!

  6. Thanks for the explanation, Mike. When we get closer to the shoot I can show you some examples of the location and I will wrangle more free expert information from you. 🙂

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