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Mont St. Michel

By conrad
During a holiday in Brittanny last month, I visited the Mont St. Michel twice. Both times it was quite hazy, the sky was an uninteresting grey, and there was no sunset visible. In short: boring!

So what do you do? Take a photo that's as good as you can get it, and combine it with an interesting sky in PhotoShop. This sky was from a photo I took in Normandy, last year. Both elements are therefore French, so that's okay, isn't it? Wink

I quite like this, but let's hear what you think.

Comments and mods invited!

Thanks for looking,


Tags: Sunset France Ec Rc Architecture Digitally manipulated Editors choice Mont st michel Mont saint michel Brittanny Bretagne Readers choice Landscape and travel

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The_Collector 16 4 1 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2006 4:24AM
I really like it, you have done it well.
Why is theirs better looking than ours =0/
ODub 17 66
5 Jun 2006 4:26AM
This looks like something out of Lord of the Rings, massive scale and very dramatic. The photoshopping is well done, I wouldn't have noticed.
5 Jun 2006 4:29AM
Great sky.
This is a complete fantasy place!

5 Jun 2006 4:29AM
beautifull, espically the light hitting the scene.
DYankee 16 6 United States
5 Jun 2006 4:36AM
What a great place!
It reminds me of CD covers and the mystical places that are created for them.
Love it! Great P.S. work!
Dawn Smile
shane 18 7 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2006 4:44AM
The large version MUST be seen...


Maddie 17 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2006 5:08AM
very good large version
loved it, perfect lighting on the castle. Nice sky too - very dramatic. Great work. would love to see it large too.
allanC 17 21 Scotland
5 Jun 2006 5:25AM
Cracking image, nice sky.
90125 16 3 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2006 5:27AM
Great combination Conrad.Good editing.
clevercloggs 18 251 15 Netherlands
5 Jun 2006 5:27AM
C'est formidable. clique
mattmatic 19 598
5 Jun 2006 5:29AM
It's a great blend Conrad Smile

(One thing to watch out for on these it to match the perspective of the sky to the view - it bothers the subliminal level. I think yours is nearly right, but not 100% Smile

conrad 18 10.9k 116
5 Jun 2006 5:42AM
Thanks, everyone!

Matt - Dear me, subliminal level. Well, actually, I did sort of look at which photos I could match and which weren't suited to eachother. The sky from Normandy had a lighthouse in front, and at about the same distance as the Mont St. Michel in the other. Everything my wife and I could think of, was made as realistic as possible. I'm not saying that we couldn't have missed anything, though. Thanks for pointing it out, Matt!

Darren - Funny you should say that, because as I understand it, both were built by the same religious order. Hmmm, maybe their headquarters in France was supposed to be more magnificent than a mere foreign branch... Wink

John_Horner 17 12 2 England
5 Jun 2006 6:27AM
It is magical.
Almost Disney-like. Sorry to use that word about your image but I am sure you know where I am coming from with that remark.
A compliment all the way.
deegee 17 181 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2006 6:35AM
You have done a fantastic job Conrad! I would be more than delighted if it were mine. I think they blend really well and create such an atmospheric image.
digicammad 19 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2006 7:13AM
Excellent mood Conrad, well created. It's dark but not too dark, good shadow details.

barrovian 18 171 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2006 10:09AM
It didn't look that good when I was there last Monday! Excellent.
Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
5 Jun 2006 10:19AM
Excellent moody sky, a well deserved RC award - click
conrad 18 10.9k 116
5 Jun 2006 10:24AM
Thanks, guys!

Don't worry, John, I know exactly what you mean! Thanks...

5 Jun 2006 10:32AM
Great rendition of an oft-taken photograph!!

lloydee 18 247
5 Jun 2006 10:39AM
brilliant shot

mattmatic 19 598
5 Jun 2006 11:36AM
LOL! I didn't mean to sound pretentious Conrad Smile
Actually I've just realised what was niggling away... the lighting. The sky says the sun is setting behind MSM, yet the lighting on the top and front indicate the sun was to the left of the image.

It was actually an old image of mine: this that highlighted the importance of perspective. I had another stab at it by using the perspective tool on the sky and it was a lot more convincing.

It's funny with the brain - it's very good at highlighting little oddities without voicing them directly Smile

But to say again, this image is very good work - and the twist with the lighting adds to the fairy-tale nature of the shot Wink

conrad 18 10.9k 116
5 Jun 2006 10:53PM
Don't worry, Matt, I didn't take it the wrong way. And I have always been very impressed with what you do with PhotoShop, so I'm inclined to listen. Hmmm, the lighting. The reason why I thought it was okay, was that I have seen a situation like this in real life, where what looks like a sky that is lit from behind by a setting sun is actually lit from another side, with the last rays of the sun also highlighting other parts of the scenery. But that was only one time, so I'll admit that this wouldn't be the usual kind of situation, not the one you'd expect.

Oh well, I'm quite happy to go with the idea that my image is seen as having fairytale-like qualities! Wink

Thanks for your detailed comments, Matt!

franken Plus
20 5.6k 4 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2006 11:46PM
I like what you've done here, amazing image.

jan 1 18 12 Netherlands
6 Jun 2006 8:14AM
Very well taken, Conrad. Very dramatic scene. Beautiful wide panorama.
shed 18 586 England
6 Jun 2006 12:14PM
Dramatic sky makes for a dramatic photo. makes a change to the chocolate box images of Mont St Michel.


Geoffphoto 16 13.5k United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 12:47AM
C'est magnifque...Geoff
conrad 18 10.9k 116
7 Jun 2006 12:55AM
Thanks, guys!

stevie 19 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 8:57PM
Brilliant lighting, especially the two houses on the left of the island
Coleslaw 17 13.4k 28 Wales
7 Jun 2006 10:09PM
great job, Conrad!
conrad 18 10.9k 116
7 Jun 2006 10:35PM
I must not be awake yet.

(Pinch. Ouch! No, I'm awake.)

Hmmm. I did have a dream the other day about getting an EC, but that was clearly fiction.


Thanks, Pete!

I can't quite get used to the idea yet. But I will, in time... Wink

Okay, I think it's time I mentioned something that my wife ( webjam ) didn't want me put in my description: this was a joint effort. The two photos that were blended were mine, the ideas were mine, part of the execution was mine, but some of the finer PhotoShop work I have to credit my wife Jacqueline for - she knows a lot more about PS than I do. So: A big thank you to my lovely wife!

And thanks to everyone who commented and clicked, especially those who did so even before Pete had spotted this image!

cdm36 19 391 7 England
7 Jun 2006 10:46PM
Congrats Conrad,

tom_231268 18 13 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2006 11:35PM
Different view of this much photographed place. Wonderful light. Great.

mattmatic 19 598
7 Jun 2006 11:45PM
Way to go! Well done on the EC Conrad Wink
conrad 18 10.9k 116
7 Jun 2006 11:55PM
Thanks, Matt!

And everyone else, of course!

User_Removed 18 26
8 Jun 2006 1:03AM
A well deserved EC! That large version really looks amazing.
Frame it, and be proud!
8 Jun 2006 1:48AM
fantastic shot! love that lighting on those few houses at the front. the place never looed that good when i visited.
well done on the EC.

conrad 18 10.9k 116
8 Jun 2006 1:52AM
Dan, neither did it look so good when I was there, LOL. Thanks...

And Benedict - I will, thanks!

mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2006 5:20AM
Fab shot Conrad and congrats on your EC - it's long overdue!!!
conrad 18 10.9k 116
8 Jun 2006 5:46AM
Thanks, Mel, that's very kind of you.

Chriscj 17 96 1 England
8 Jun 2006 5:47AM
Beautiful image. Congrats on your EC.

Boyd 19 11.2k 11 Wales
8 Jun 2006 9:24AM
Well done Conrad.
8 Jun 2006 11:55AM
Wow, great pic and wow so many comments, not much left to say except wow!
paulstefan 18 509 1 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2006 12:06PM
Well done Conrad.
Very well deserved - it's an awesome shot
conrad 18 10.9k 116
8 Jun 2006 10:07PM
Thanks, guys!

csurry 20 9.2k 92
9 Jun 2006 5:43AM
Conrad has joined the EC club - whatever next?

Nice one and well deserved.
conrad 18 10.9k 116
9 Jun 2006 9:52AM
And it didn't cost me a single fiver! Wink

Thanks, Cheryl!

csurry 20 9.2k 92
10 Jun 2006 12:28AM

Quote:And it didn't cost me a single fiver!

No I'm sure it cost multiple fivers! Better start saving for the next one Smile)
conrad 18 10.9k 116
10 Jun 2006 12:43AM
Nah, I'm saving for new lenses. Priorities, Cheryl, priorities! ;-D

dontforgetme 19 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2006 5:22AM
It looks good, btu not at all real to me due to the position of the sun.

Still, doesnt have to be 100%, (usually)
JouŠo 18 56 Finland
10 Jun 2006 8:45AM
Think Ive missed your well deserved EC, Conrad..??

Congrats to you and England! ; )

conrad 18 10.9k 116
10 Jun 2006 9:28AM
Hi Jules - No, well, it isn't real, so you're right. People have mentioned fairytale like qualities and being reminded of Lord of the Rings. It's just supposed to be a pleasing image, although I did try not to make it too unrealistic. Thanks for your comment!

Thanks, Jouko!

England? Oh, did they win a football match or something? I'm not into that. Ever since people began kicking eachother more than the ball, I haven't been interested anymore.

dontforgetme 19 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2006 6:56AM

No problem, I wasnt really having a pop at the image; it's a good one. It was more of a comment that an image doesnt have to be 100% to get merit. Its a lot about the effort that goes in.

conrad 18 10.9k 116
11 Jun 2006 7:03AM
No problem, Jules - first of all I didn't take it the wrong way, secondly you can say anything you like about my images, and thirdly I do reserve the right to explain why I did something. No harm done, and thanks for your comments!

Hazel 16 1 United States
11 Jun 2006 7:53AM
I think you have done an excellent job of combining the two images & it brings this structure to life. Almost like a place out of a fairytale!
conrad 18 10.9k 116
11 Jun 2006 9:47AM
That's how I feel - a fairytale image. Thanks, Hazel!

paulcr 18 1.5k 9 Ireland
13 Jun 2006 4:29AM
Your best yet Conrad. PAul
conrad 18 10.9k 116
13 Jun 2006 10:49AM
Thanks, Paul!

Kris_Dutson 20 8.2k 1 England
14 Jun 2006 1:22AM
Well done Conrad, well deserved EC. Smile

conrad 18 10.9k 116
15 Jun 2006 11:38AM
Thanks, Kris!

kinfatric 18 550 9 Scotland
20 Jun 2006 8:35PM
this is terrific Conrad, a well deserved EC
conrad 18 10.9k 116
21 Jun 2006 6:54AM
Thanks, kinfatric!

Gavin 18 17
16 Jul 2006 10:03PM
i missed this one when it came out. I Just came across it. well done on the EC award!
johnjohn01 21 58 England
28 Jul 2006 2:03PM
I also missed this as I've not had much time to spend on here lately. You got one at last Condrad. Well deserved. It's a cracking image.
conrad 18 10.9k 116
28 Jul 2006 2:24PM
Thanks, Gavin and John!

rhiw_com 16 24
1 Aug 2006 9:20AM
A painting with light.......Stunning.
Rg Tony
5 Aug 2006 10:03PM
You have given this work true quality. Very impressive. Yvonne
conrad 18 10.9k 116
6 Aug 2006 1:30PM
Thanks, Tony and Yvonne!

7 Aug 2006 10:02AM
Were great shot, I love this one. Well deserved EC.
conrad 18 10.9k 116
7 Aug 2006 7:28PM
Bedankt, Joop!

paulstefan 18 509 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2006 10:18AM
Just found this again, Conrad since holidaying in Brittany. I was hoping to make it to this location but it was a bit far to travel unfortunately. I wish I'd made the effort though - it has so many photographic possibilities
Cheers, Paul
conrad 18 10.9k 116
12 Sep 2006 10:22AM
Well, for the next few years it's going to be an unattractive location, Paul, due to building work around the Mont. But yes, the Mont itself looks great.

Thanks for your comment,

lynsfiona 18 5
2 Oct 2006 8:41PM
Wow - this is an absolute stunner! Well done on your award! Lyns x
conrad 18 10.9k 116
3 Oct 2006 10:42AM
Thanks, I was blown away by it, I have to say.
Thanks for your comment!

edrhodes 17 548 13 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2006 8:37PM
Well worked image.
canongirl08 17 18 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2006 4:19PM
wow! How did i miss this!
Stunning capture!
well deserved EC
conrad 18 10.9k 116
2 Dec 2006 7:17PM
Thanks, Ed and Chelsea!
Coleslaw 17 13.4k 28 Wales
19 Dec 2006 3:18PM
I thought this is the same St Michael's Mount in Cornwall!!! Only realize it is not now.
Silly me....
conrad 18 10.9k 116
19 Dec 2006 7:04PM
There is an important parallel, though, Cole - both were built by the same order of monks, on two sides of the sea, almost opposite one another, both on islands/peninsulas. But this one's more spectacular to see...
erron 15
30 May 2007 8:43PM
very nice place you shoot,i like the compo and the nice colors
conrad 18 10.9k 116
1 Jun 2007 7:11PM
Thanks, Ronald!
ChristineL 17 39 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2007 5:36PM
Beautifully executed Conrad and a well deserved EC,
conrad 18 10.9k 116
30 Jun 2007 8:09PM
Thanks, Chris!
bliba Plus
17 1 2 Austria
6 Jul 2007 11:10AM
the large version is a cracker ..congrats
alliec 16 1 3
31 Oct 2007 6:02PM
This is super. Very well put together.

conrad 18 10.9k 116
31 Oct 2007 8:39PM
Thanks, you two!
RoddBC 17 40 United States
1 May 2008 5:29PM
Wow, that's so good it looks like a painting. Nice work Conrad.

conrad 18 10.9k 116
5 May 2008 10:49AM
Thanks, Rodd!
dmhuynh72 15 47 3 United Kingdom
30 May 2008 8:04PM
thats fantastic work well done
22 Jun 2008 2:44PM
Sorry just now seeing this for the first time, Conrad......Stunning!!

Suzan Smile
conrad 18 10.9k 116
24 Jun 2008 2:02PM
Thanks you two!
Vilcens 15 39 3 Latvia
8 Jul 2008 12:39PM
The Lord of the Rings comment above was very appropriate.
Stunning shot ! And yes, if result is as good as this, it is OK to "cheat" Smile

conrad 18 10.9k 116
9 Jul 2008 3:14PM
Good to hear, Vilcens. Thanks!
Mynett 14 142 6 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2008 4:32PM
wow what beautiful lighting
timalban 18 1 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2008 3:50PM
World class shot and great photoshop skills Smile
conrad 18 10.9k 116
23 Oct 2008 7:17PM
Thanks, both!

I did have some help, Tim...
JohnLynch 15 78 6 Ireland
16 Apr 2009 4:38PM
good work - I want to go here too!

BreadandShutter 13 16 7 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2009 5:23PM
breathtaking shot !!!
conrad 18 10.9k 116
24 Apr 2009 11:25AM
Thanks, guys!
13 Apr 2010 9:25AM
Great Stuff

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