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Alhambra Theatre Bradford 1

By ErictheViking
I tried to take a picture of the Alhambra Theatre, but traffic, pedestrians and street furniture made the shot impossible. Opposite I saw a wonderful reflection and viola!! The sharp eyed may notice the image is not reversed .. I did this to help identify the subject.

Although when taking the shot I focused on the reflection I find the tree which is the only real thing in the image adds an interesting contrast, both visually and with its colour.
I also find the curtains on the upper level of the building add some extra interest to the roof line on the theatre.

Tags: Reflections Bradford Architecture Alhambra Theatre

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paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 5:13PM
Interesting, but I think I would have gone for the tree sharp. The tree is a bit eye catching because it is unsharp and spoils the effect a bit for me. We will see what others think.


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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 5:43PM
Actually these are beautiful reflections, but Paul is correct, generally the foreground being sharp and the background blurred is best.

I will upload a mod just to give an idea. Had a quick go at making mullions & transoms squared up.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 6:51PM
Excellent reflections, Eric, and probably a lot more interesting than a straight photo of the theatre building.
The overall tones are very pleasant, and the tree blends in beautifully.
You have placed the tree in the centre of the frame, and I feel it would look better if offset.
I have done a modification where I did a square crop, adjusted levels, straightened the lines, and sharpened the tree.
ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
9 Nov 2012 7:54PM
Thank you all for your comments I like both the mods and I think they each contribute something to the picture. I agree with you as well Paul I took the picture with a compact rather than my DSLR so focus and DOP are not as I'd have liked. If I was to do a mod myself I think I'd try and desaturate the tree to remove some of its "in your face" effect. I hope to go back on my next visit and do more prep as this was a spur of the moment picture.

widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
10 Nov 2012 7:38AM
Hey Eric nice one the reflections are magic my man but the tree spoils it for me as well its just too central for meSad Thats a laugh me commenting on the rule of turds lol
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
10 Nov 2012 1:19PM
The reflection is really nice, however theres no way in my opinion this can work with the tree in the middle of the frame. It acts as a barrier to the main subject, and complements only in terms of tone and colour. I know chopping it down would be frowned upon, so perhaps trying closer shots, different angles, etc may be an option, but Ive never been there no dont know.
The mods both focus on the tree, and either moving it or losing the background, so its presence does present problems that are best avoided when shooting.


banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
10 Nov 2012 1:33PM
Forgot to mention, loaded mod, two panels.

ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
10 Nov 2012 6:09PM
OK give in the tree has to go. Will take revised shot with real camera instead of compact Wink

Did like the mod Willie how did you make the shadow?


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