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Alex asked if I had any views of Mont St Michel, so here's one for him. A very dull day with absolutely no detail in the sky. Might have been better if I had had the 20D and some filters, but this was on the little Nikon 7900, bless it. Converted to mono in Channel Mixer and colour added with Hue & Saturation.
Comments and crits welcome as ever.
Chris

Camera:Nikon COOLPIX 7900 Check out Nikon Nation!
Title:Mont St Michel
Username:ChrisOs ChrisOs
Uploaded:22 May 2006 - 10:43 PM
Tags:Black & white
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DaveU
DaveU  81344 forum posts England121 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2006 - 11:05 PM

I like the composition and toning plus the inclusion of the foreground figures to add interest and scale. As you say, pity about the bland sky. Might be worth cheating and trying to slip in a different sky?

Dave.

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conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2006 - 11:17 PM

Hi Chris,

I was here a few weeks ago - three times, in fact - but same thing: bland skies. I did have my 20D and filters with me, but that really didn't help much. So I am about to do exactly what Dave suggests: replace the sky!

But this is a pleasing image nonetheless. I especially like the toning.

Conrad

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mrsdaffy
mrsdaffy  9
22 May 2006 - 11:33 PM

Nice one Chris, it looks like Xanado just appeared.....

Its an amazing looking place, I think you did very well with the Nikon... Smile


Mags

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shane
shane  10 United Kingdom
23 May 2006 - 12:14 AM

Great shot, the large version is well detail. Never seent this place, amaizing
Love the presentation Chris


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shane

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ChrisOs
ChrisOs  9 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 12:37 AM

Thanks folks.
I should have put a bit of background in about Mont St Michel really. The first religious building went up about 810, the present Abbey (the building at the top of the Mount) dates from about 1200, and the rest was added later. The French are very proud that this Mount, dedicated to the Archangel St Michael (their national saint), held out against the English throughout the 100 Years War. It is the second most visited tourist site in France. On a dull Wednesday in mid May it was pretty damn crowded, in the summer it is heaving with tourists. Once you get past the busy streets the Abbey is absolutely beautiful; there is still a community of Benedictine monks and nuns. Atop the Abbey is a golden statue of St Michael, the present version of which dates from 1876.

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sputnki
sputnki  10 Canada
23 May 2006 - 1:30 AM

A nice shot Chris. I particularly like having the couple in the foreground "humanizing" the scale and adding the human element to it. Too many postcard shots just show the buildings. You'ld think everybody had gone to bed!

Doug

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Briwooly
Briwooly  9452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 1:38 AM

!920 or what nice one
Brian...

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SoupyD
SoupyD  8
23 May 2006 - 2:23 AM

a lovely image, onethat works very well in mono...love the fact that you decided not to clone the walkers out of the pic...that really adds something to this Smile

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ChrisOs
ChrisOs  9 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 2:39 AM

I stood there for ages just waiting for the walkers to appear, it was damned boring without them.

Did I get the date wrong, Brian.

Chris

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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
23 May 2006 - 5:42 AM

This works so well in mono - nice work!

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angelamary
23 May 2006 - 7:42 AM

Quite mystical looking! Very nice shot. Well caught.

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JohnoP
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23 May 2006 - 7:56 AM

Nicely composed and framed Chris - the people in the foreground add to the picture - John

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MilanaG
MilanaG  8 Bulgaria
23 May 2006 - 8:12 AM

Good view,nice toning and details(people).
Like this one Chris!

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MalcolmS
MalcolmS e2 Member 91107 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 9:37 AM

Nice composition Chris, like the figures for scale.

Malcolm

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MalcolmS e2 Member 91107 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2006 - 9:39 AM

Nice composition Chris, like the figures for scale.

Malcolm

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TheImagepoint
23 May 2006 - 12:14 PM

click it de click...nice ..and thanks for the image that I reguested..I love this shot...

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A_Harrison
A_Harrison  10260 forum posts Canada
24 May 2006 - 7:58 AM

I was waiting so I could be #30 on this one,can't wait anymore.

I really think this is a great shot, almost looks as if there trekking to a kingdom from another dimension.

Allan

P.S. Is this the location they used in Monty Pythons The Holy Grail?

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ChrisOs
ChrisOs  9 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2006 - 10:17 AM

Thanks again everyone.

Allan, I don't know whether Monty Python and the Holy Grail was shot there, I had a little search on Google but couldn't discover the answer.

The island is 1 kilometre diameter apparently, and the Abbey and defences are built of granite.

Chris

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Deigan
Deigan  9
24 May 2006 - 11:41 AM

One more click for a commonly photographed landmark photographed here in an original and interesting way - NIce work - Love the human interest

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joolsb
joolsb  1027115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2006 - 12:08 PM

Hi Chris,

I really like this shot. It's very difficult to go to a much-photographed place and get a unique shot but you've managed. Love the way you included the couple. Really makes the shot.

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bliba
bliba  9 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2006 - 11:49 AM

fantastic work!!!

ollie

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annefromleo
26 May 2006 - 3:05 AM

spectacular image and presentation Chris, even down to such an appropriate font, very well done
Anne
ps what font is it by the way?

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ChrisOs
ChrisOs  9 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2006 - 4:10 AM

Thanks again everyone, glad you like it.
Anne, the fount is called Papyrus.
Chris

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TonyBlake
TonyBlake  8 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2006 - 12:21 AM

Mmm...Great image Chris ...I think i was there the very same day. Smile

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