Nice and Normal – A Bell in the Air

Earlier this year I was taking photos of bells, as there seemed to be a good many of them where I walked in this town, and they kept catching my eye.

This is one of my favorites. It was a bell that was on a front gate, to alert the occupants when someone had arrived. I loved walking through that gate actually; it just felt right to hear that bell ring.

So one day I decided to take a photo of the bell. I wanted to get the bell so it looked like it was moving, and this is the composition I came up with.

Taken with my 105mm lens at f/3.2.


And a word of thanks on this Veterans Day/Remembrance Day/Armistice Day to all those who have fought in wars to protect their country and people, and for those who perished in such wars. Thank you.

Image Copyright Β© Katie Johnson. All Rights Reserved.


~ by KatiesCameraBlog on November 11, 2011.

66 Responses to “Nice and Normal – A Bell in the Air”

  1. This is a bautiful picture! Love the movement of the bell πŸ˜€ I think I can hear it ringing πŸ˜€

  2. The diagonal line of the bell definitely gives the impression of movement. Nicely done.

  3. You got it. Looks like it’s in motion. Another thing to try is slower shutter speed with the bell in motion. You can also use motion blur in Photoshop. This was nicely done.

    • Thanks, Victor. Good ideas. πŸ™‚ I wanted to have it look like it’s it motion, but have parts of it crystal clear, so I’m not sure a slower shutter speed would do it. I was also trying to get the background out of focus, so I used a wide open aperture to do that, so I couldn’t use a really slow shutter speed on such a sunny day. Good idea about Photoshop for further motion blur for further effect. Truly appreciate the ideas! Thank you!

  4. Love the way it looks and sends your eyes to the edge… amazingly done

  5. Yeah, nice one. Like the Dutch tilt.

  6. Great image, Katie. I does look like it is swinging. I like the detail and texture in the metal, too.

  7. Nice job! That crisp front edge is perfect and I like how you can still see the clapper inside.

  8. Great shot!

  9. Interesting. I like the angles you shoot in, the lines they create. πŸ™‚

  10. Beautiful. Every time I look at it I anticipate the sound.

  11. great shot and love the composition on this image.

  12. Great shot…love the chain being blurred.

    • Thank you! I wasn’t sure about the chain being blurred to be honest, but when I used a smaller aperture, the background came too much into focus, which destroyed the feeling I wanted in the photo. So I truly appreciate you comment. πŸ™‚

  13. Amazing shot!!

  14. I hear it ringing…nice image Katie!! Cheers!

  15. Anything but normal, Katie…this image is the perfect reflection of your thoughts that accompany it. Let Freedom Ring.

  16. Hi Katie – I like it the way it is – as Stevie says, the angle of the bell makes it look as if it has been caught at the end of its swing! If you can find any old, church bells in location on old Santa Fe buildings, I would like to see them!

    Take care


    • Thanks, John! Glad you like the image the way it is. I wanted it too look that way. I would have loved blue sky above it, but that wasn’t going to happen without some Photoshop, which isn’t my way. (: Ooh, old Church Bells. Ooh, I’ve got some. I’ll see if I can get some more interesting ones too when I”m out and about. I could use a 500mm lens though, if you want to send one this way. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment, John!

  17. What a wonderful two-tone image β€” the background colour is exactly the same as the highlights on the bell. Brilliant!

  18. Clever shot – shooting the bell on the diagonal definitely gives a sense of movement. I like the background colour too – complements the brass of the bell.

  19. Wonderful bell… You exactly captured the moment of its swing… You are amazing. Thank you dear Katie, have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  20. Great shot, I can almost hear it ringing!!!

  21. Great shot! I love the angle. As others have mentioned, I can just about hear it ringing.

  22. It does have a Dutch Tilt feel doesn’t it? I keep finding myself following the rim down and around into the bell. πŸ˜€ On a side note, great job calling out
    Remembrance & Armistice day!

  23. Ohhh melancholy….and it has your magic touch πŸ˜‰

  24. Another beauty! Loved the crisp, clear front edge coming at me and the subject matter reflecting your thoughts on this special day.

  25. Well done composition. Effective use of perspective.

  26. I really love the colours on the bell itself, that hint of copper and silver in there is really pretty.

    And the angle and movement is excellent as well. πŸ™‚ It almost makes me think of Xmas…but its too early so I shoved that thought away. lol

    • LOL, Cin! i’ve seen so many Christmas things already, and I wish that would stop. πŸ™‚ At some point, I’ll put up a funny little Christmas photo that you’ll love I’m sure. Take care!

  27. The texture and colors of the metal are wonderful!

  28. Excellent., Katie! I love it when I get the idea to photograph a certain type of photograph, ie bell, they just start to pop up all over the place.

  29. I really love this picture, Katie. Nice capture! πŸ™‚

  30. Nice composition, well done!

  31. I love the angle,it is a typical bell but because you shot it in a certain angle,it looks really interesting

  32. Great composition.The contour of the bell really comes at ya.Can’t see how this could’ve been done better.:-)

  33. “Tin tin tin”… Great capture. It certainly looks like it was captured just when it came close to you… Wonderful πŸ™‚

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