Taken in the the main street of downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. The blue sky is attributable to a combination of the high altitude (Albuquerque's elevation of 5,312 feet / over a mile high, makes it the highest metropolitan city in America), and the low pollution levels, plus a polarizing filter.
"The KiMo Theater opened September 19, 1927 as a “picture palace” at a time that movies (silent ones) were becoming the rage. The Pueblo Deco style combined the spirit of the American Indian cultures of the area with the flamboyance of the Roaring Twenties. Oreste Bachechi, who operated the Pastime Theater had dreamed of building a theater that would compare with the Greek, Chinese and Moorish styled theaters of the time. Carl Boller of Boller Brothers had designed a Wild West/Rococco styled theater in San Antonio and a Spanish/Greco/Babylonian movie house in St. Joseph, Missouri. Ideas were developed from trips to the pueblos of Acoma and Isleta and the Navajo Nation. Completing the KiMo were nine large murals by Carl von Hassler and two smaller ones. The theater cost $150,000 and was constructed in less than a year. The Wurlitzer that provided the music for the silent films was another $18,000. Isleta Pueblo Governor Pablo Abeita named the theater in a contest; KiMo being a combination of two words literally translating “mountain lion” or more loosely “king of its kind”, was appropriate. The first movie shown was “Painting the Town Red” and the “talkie” was “Melody of Broadway.” Vaudeville and out-of-town road shows shared the stage with the movies.
There was a luncheonette and curio shop on either side of the entrance and at one time KGGM radio was on the second and third floors. Following the flight from downtown, the KiMo suffered from lack of repair and was slated for demolition until the city of Albuquerque purchased the theater in 1977. Several stages of restoration have returned much of its glory. The KiMo theater now serves as a performing arts center with seating for 650 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information about performances and events or renting the theater, go to www.CABQ.gov/kimo"
I've gone with the /|\ pattern here, to let the verticals either side, fall where they will. Taken with a 28mm lens, so there is going to be lens barrel distortion. Workshops welcome, if anyone has a spare hour to correct.
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snunney (103215) 2009-05-11 4:10
A good capture of this interesting looking architecture; the pale tones of the building make a splendid contrast with the polarised blue sky. Very good colours and sharpness.
Budapestman (82620) 2009-05-11 4:11
Very spectacular and original architectural photo. Very interesting, as the ancient motifs are crossed with the modern architecture. The composition is attractive, the contrast beautiful betwen the white building and the blue sky. Tfs! Have a nice week!
serp2000 (45060) 2009-05-11 4:28
Fine photo! Nice architectural elements! Excellent colours! TFS!
Nicou (146762) 2009-05-11 4:32
superbe iamge, quelle architecture originale ces mure avec les décoration, une très belle luminositée, usperbe compo.
bravo et amitié
Gerrit (52099) 2009-05-11 4:34
Fine adaptive architecture and the colors are fantastic.
pierrefonds (68871) 2009-05-11 4:39
The diagonal line of the street is an asset to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the building. The nice blue sky is reflecting the light on the building and it is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
JanD (0) 2009-05-11 5:19
Interesting building, very interesting architecture. Excellent sky. Wonderful colors.
Charo (51212) 2009-05-11 12:31
Excellent perspective of this beautiful and unique architecture with wonderful decoration.
Very good light, colors and details.
Tashy (1836) 2009-05-11 13:44
nice to see you here as well. :) Interesting architecture, well chosen POV and excellent colours. Great contrast between the white building and blue sky.
alvaraalto (17924) 2009-05-11 14:06
Beautiful light in this great architecture picture.
A striking example of the use of authentic elements in a design with good proportions.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2009-05-11 14:44
Is a pity that moto on the left....a really pity.
gunbud (34066) 2009-05-11 17:45
Wonderful capture of this lovely Southwestern architecture that is seen in very flattering bright light and lovely shadows.
The corner building's intricate design stands out brilliantly against this vivid blue desert sky.