Brighton's Victorian Band Stand

Brighton's Victorian Band Stand

By Lee Kane / January 18th 2014


While taking a stroll along the Brighton seafront one evening I came across this old Victorian band stand (Brighton Bandstand), and was quite mesmerized by it. Illuminated by lights it stood out magically against the black sky. I have several photographs of it, and it has had the full monty in my array of adobe enhancements.

The first photo I took was at night, as after my first encounter with it I decided it would be a good opportunity to try out some night time photography. Putting the camera (Canon 400D) on a tripod enabled me to use a long exposure time of 1.3 seconds and get a good balanced photograph. I was very pleased with the result.

The restored band stand on Brighton promenade.
Photo taken at night with a tripod.

One summer evening I photographed the band stand, capturing the warm orange glow of the setting sun, a few seagulls and the Brighton angel in the background. Using a fast exposure time of 1/2000 the original photo was more of a silhouette. I adjusted the exposure in Lightroom and used a composite to add a hint of purple across the horizon.

The restored band stand on Brighton promenade along side the setting sun.
Brightons victorian bandstand was first opened in 1884.

You can find this most beautiful of old Victorian band stands along the seafront of Brighton towards Hove.

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