Saturday, April 3, 2010

Church Steeple

This is a photograph of a mid-nineteenth century Catholic Church in a local French-Canadian 'village'.  It is a very modest Catholic Church whose bells chime for all the significant events of its parishioners. 

Until I lived close to a church with steeple and bells, I did not realize that the chiming is different for each event.  I have come to know by the chime if it is signalling a call to church, a funeral, a baptism, a marriage, or the chime for the noon hour and 6:00 p.m.  Not a religious person nor a Catholic at first I considered them a disruption to the sounds of the countryside, but with time I have grown to hold them dear and appreciate their signals.  I'm sure they are treasured by the locals who know their ancestors lived their lives and adjusted their schedules to the ringing of the bells.

Below is a photograph of the church shot as I stand on a hill behind its cemetery.  Nothing has been edited.  The second image is the same photograph where I have overlayed one of my own photos of an expanse of sky and clouds and added a background texture procured from the web.  As you can see the photo has also been cropped to edit out the hydro/telephone pole, etc.

Just thought you might be interested in what a little editing can do.  Some may prefer the original, but I am rather 'taken' with the effect of the textured version, finding it looks rather like it may have been taken in a village in Europe.  What do you think?  (In a comment below, Friko says that this steeple is not the age or style of what would be found in Europe.  I defer to her knowledge.  Oh dear... forgive me Friko - I know not of what I speak!)








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22 comments:

  1. I like both pictures but tend to prefer the second one. It looks like a picture taken early in the morning with the fog still in and it gives it a little more mystery. I like old churches with their bells and beautiful stained glass windows. I am not religious but happy that old churches, synagogues, mosques and temples have been preserved and always visit them. Ils sont les témoins de notre héritage mondial et nous font apprécier toutes les cultures.

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  2. HI BONNIE-

    Beautiful pictures either way :-)

    Love Gail
    peace.....

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  3. I like both photos and agree that the places of worship, the old buildings allow us to appreciate other cultures and our own heritage. I used to live in an area where the avenue had a church on nearly every block. Listening to all the bells was wonderful.

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  4. oh wow. love the effect on the second...we used to have a bell in the church i grew up in...the erratic tones...that was us sneaking into the bell tower...lol. happy saturday!

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  5. My favorite part of the picture is the church's cross against the blue sky and it gets kinda lost in the 2nd picture so the first is my favorite. That's my 2 cents. I appreciate your creativity.

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  6. Oh Bonnie, that's absolutely beautiful.

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  7. Both photos have something to say for themselves. I don't think either could be in Europe, the shape is North American. And relatively new?

    Do you use photoshop, Bonnie?

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  8. hello bonnie!!! the second image is so beautiful! one summer i worked as a bell-ringer for a church in downtown toronto. there was one bell so there wasn't a whole lot that could be done but there were differences between calls to service, weddings, and funerals that i created. the rest of the week i took care of the property inside and out. it was a very fun and cool experience. steven

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  9. I like the edited version!! Beautiful!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  10. I love both versions. Bravo on the editing, I am jealous of your skill! I spent a long weekend at a Catholic Monastery and the bell ringing for prayer, mass and meals was mesmerizing for me, it took a full day, but after that I really like the way the schedule of the day was kept by the bells.

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  11. Both pictures are beautiful, but I do like the altered photo best. It just seems to make it more authentic a little more vintage feel to it.

    Kathy

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  12. I'm torn. I like both equally perhaps. The second one does have that weathered, aged effect to it, but I like seeing the detail in the first one too. I really want to learn how to achieve the second one!

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  13. Naturally, I have a preference for the edited version, since I can't leave well enough alone.

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  14. I like the edited version best!

    Have a Joyful Easter, Bonnie!

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  15. Beautiful images each in their own way, but if I had to choose, I'd go for the latter. It haunts me with its layers of life, colour, light and a hint of the past.

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  16. Yes, I like the second one,too. It has so many stories to tell..

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  17. Beautiful steeple, French or not... And I love the second shot. I'm obsessed with beautiful churches and whenever I'm traveling, I find them by their steeples and wander through. Such beauty in their archetecture. And of course, in their chiming. I heard the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. chime once. Amazing. Happy Easter, Bonnie!
    xoxo B

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  18. I like the idea of the bells signaling events. It's comforting.

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  19. I like the montage work. I can hear the bells singing through. -J

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  20. bonnie,
    they are both beautiful shots! but since i am a photoshop junkie, i love the processed one a bit more! :)
    and even though i am not very religious, i have a thing for old churches! so i especially love these! :D

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  21. your editing is fantastic! i, too enjoy the church bells ... part of my daily life!

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  22. Bonnie this is a first rate job! Your editing and creativity are beautiful. I really love what you did! Well done!

    Cheers!
    Julie
    Julie Magers Soulen Photography

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