Bells – Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Bells - Cathedral of Our Lady of the AngelsBells – Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple Street, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA

Copyright 2012 O. Bisogno Scotti  All Rights Reserved.

32-bit HDR image, Nikon D3 DSLR, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200 mm f/2.8D ED (focal length: 125 mm), Nikon MC-20 electronic shutter release, exposure: f/16, 1/160 sec., ISO 200, exposure index: -1, mode: Aperture Priority, tripod: Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, bike: white GT Avalanche 2.0.

Bells was taken in NEF-RAW 14-bit file format, 9 frames, one f-stop apart (A sturdy tripod and static subject are essential for success). The mirror was locked up for each frame to eliminate camera shake caused by the mirror flying up each time the shutter is released. After opening the RAW files in Adobe Bridge CS5, six of them were placed in a stack and then merged to HDR Pro. Saturation and vibrance were added in HDR Pro and sharpening was added in Photoshop CS5 employing Photokit Sharpener plug-in. The affect of all this can really only be seen by viewing the high resolution PSD master file on a good graphics monitor, but clicking on “view larger image” will get you halfway there.


8 thoughts on “Bells – Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

  1. The Catholic church should have RESPECT for other people’s right to peace and quiet in their homes. They should shut down their bells and/or amplied sound systems. The church thinks they are God and will throw anyone into court that does not agree with them.

    The Catholic church can have all the religious freedom they want within their 4 walls. Church bells are a form of forced religion. There should be a separation of church and state.

    And, the noise law in Los Angeles discriminates. It allows for some “exemptions” for churches but NOT other religous organizations. Councilmember Ed Reyes and County Supervisor Gloria Molina refuse to help fix or change the law. No one or organization should be “above the law”.


  2. Hi Susan. Obviously you live adjacent to the church! 🙂

    I definitely agree with your comment that there should be a separation between church and state. I think most Americans believe in this. I am not a Catholic or a member of any other organized religion, but I find a certain beauty in the sound of church bells on a Sunday morning (no matter how late I was out the night before). I also like the esthetic grace of the bell shape and the architecture of the churches that house them.

    I respect your opinion and thank you for yourcomments.

    Maybe some one else will “chime” in on this topic.

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  3. In this picture, it is proved that when Nikon D3 is in the right hands, then reality can be certainly transferred to the “paper”.

    Extremely live photograph, sharp angles everywhere, strong colours and the viewer is expecting to hear the bells ringing, next.

    As for the disturbance issue, it might happen eventually, but somebody must bear in mind the hundreds of noise pollution sources that transmit continuously in a city, with the church bells having a low position in this line. And yes, there is beauty in a bell’s sound!

    ps I would be very curious to see the master file

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  4. Thanks for your comment. You seem to have a feel for what I was going for, much more so than Susan who was probably in the throws of a hangover at the time. 🙂

    Since it was an HDR image, there are actually nine different master RAW-NEF 14-bit files. Only one is the correct exposure, 4 are overexposed in intervals of -0.7 and 4 are underexposed in intervals of +0.7 (that was an error on my part in the original explanation that the exposures were one full stop apart).

    RAW master files do not look very good, I can tell you that. Anything set in the camera is merely an instruction and has not been applied to the file (I don’t use any in-camera sharpening either). In fact it is b&w until it is opened in Adobe Camera Raw, much like Kodak Kodachrome film which was b&w at the time of exposure and then dye couplers were added during processing at Kodak.

    So you probably wouldn’t want to see the master files.

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  5. I happen to love the sound of bells, large ones, small ones, it doesn’t matter to me where or when, and this is a lovely image. That being said….this blog is about art, not politics. Keep up the good works and keep ringing dem bells, Baby!

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