Helen Sweet  

Three Bells by Helen Sweet

November 2021 - Three Bells

About the Image(s)

Driving recently along the famed 17 Mile Drive through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove, CA, we saw verdant golf courses, spectacular ocean views, and beautiful houses. A car was parked in front of this one. A young man dressed as a worker drove up in another. Unable to get a clear view of the home, we continued on our drive and returned hours later. The cars were gone. We realized a party had recently taken place. The young man had removed strings of lights formerly visible in the patio, and a big paper sign remained on the door directing that deliveries be taken to the garage. I chose this shot of just a small, charming portion of the large home, cloned out the paper sign and wires holding the bells’ clappers quietly in place. I colored the grey Pacific Coast sky and made a few other adjustments. Taken with my Sony 6300a, at 1/200 sec, 18mm, ISO 400, f/8. I would love to live in just this much of the house.

10 comments posted

Subhash Sapru   Subhash Sapru
What a nice composition. My eyes move from left to right and right to left and admire their easy movement. The bells look very beautiful as if punctuating the rhythm,   Posted: 11/16/2021 08:06:55
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Love your poetic comment, Subhash.
  Posted: 11/20/2021 20:39:51

Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
The grace and simplicity of architecture of New Spain is truly beautiful. How do you feel about cropping tightly, leaving in the bells, door, lamps and the sloping tile? Those are the elements with the impact in my mind. Delightful image, brings back great memories!   Posted: 11/16/2021 16:38:52
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thank you, Ham. I had trouble deciding where to crop and like your suggestion, too. This, as with other architecture shots, is definitely photographing someone else's art.   Posted: 11/20/2021 20:33:35

Howard Frank   Howard Frank
Nicely seen Helen. Good and sharp with good color. I especially like the graceful arch lines of the roof. Good cloning job.   Posted: 11/19/2021 11:01:11
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thanks, Howard. Re the color, I think replacing the blank, grey sky with such a strong blue might have been overkill, and inconsistent. I wanted to go back the next day, sunny with genuinely blue skies making shadows on the facade. But we didn't have time.   Posted: 11/20/2021 20:39:02

Peter Curcio   Peter Curcio
Helen, very nice photo. I would highlight the blues: bells, door and sky. I might also remove the numbers on the house. Beautiful image.   Posted: 11/23/2021 20:31:54
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thank you, Peter. I might do that. If I use Peter Cheung's crop, it makes sense to crop similarly on the right and clone out the two remaining numerals.   Posted: 11/24/2021 00:08:41

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Very interesting photo. The colors of the bells, the house and the sky are very nice. The diagonal arch of the roof of the house is very nice and amazing. I would remove the numbers of the house and crop out 1/5 of the left side of the photo so that the three bells are more on the left side, and the door is closer to the middle like this. Beautiful capture.   Posted: 11/23/2021 21:38:31
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Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thank you for your suggestion, Peter. I do like your crop, which accentuates the four arches. One of the things drawing me to the site was the Diego red bougainvillea, which I have repeatedly and unsuccessfully tried to grow in my climate   Posted: 11/24/2021 00:03:33


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