The liberty bell isn’t atop some building. You don’t have to climb stairs to get there. It’s on display on the ground floor Liberty Bell Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
In order to photograph it without blasting highlights in the background, you have to shoot it so the large floor to ceiling window isn’t included in the background.
In order to get a sharp shot, shoot in aperture priority mode. Use the lowest f-stop your lens has.
When I shot the picture on the left, I used a very wide aperture (f/2.8). Since I was shooting in Av (aperture priority) mode at a wide aperture, substantial light entered the lens quickly so that the shutter didn’t have to remain open long. Since it wasn’t open long, I had minimal camera shake and thus a sharp shot.by