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To be a pilgrim

By redstag  
Photographically speaking my holiday this year was a bit of a washout. This is the second upload of Mont st Michel and quite probably the last one. I am just getting too frustrated with the images. There are too many people to clone out, and because it was raining they were all wearing ridiculous bright coats. I've toned them down a bit in this image.

This was going to be a three image HDR, but it isn't, the wind was so strong and my Manfrotto 190 tripod so light that it just wasn't up to the job, the legs were flexing all over the place. I must admit I have been really disappointed with this new tripod, it just isn't stable, particularly under the weight of the 40D. I didn't try hanging my camera bag off the tripod, which I know can help, because, to be honest, it really looked like the legs would buckle.
So this is a single image tonemapped in Photomatix, I quite like the grainy effect, it reminds me of how my mono shots used to print off from Ilford FP4. I always liked them grainy and moody!

Anyone want to buy a tripod?


Tags: Rain Wet Wind Clouds Architecture Normandy Mont saint michel Landscape and travel World heritage site

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22 Aug 2008 7:55AM
There are so many photographs similair to this one. Concentrate on bringing the people out and brightening their coloured clothing.
Using the bad weather as an advantage rather than a dissadvantage. Having people in photographs makes things more interesting. Something I am not very good at.

redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2008 8:12AM
Take your point, but in this image it wasn't what I was going for. I have other shots taken on the day where the people are more of a feature, the problem here is that they are too small to be interesting, but were big enough to be distracting! Plus, I can be a bit grumpy about people-not really a people person!
The bad weather was an advantage in terms of atmosphere, the disadvantage was having the wrong tools to do the job properly. I know a bad craftsman blames his tools, but a good one makes sure he has the right ones to do a great job!
Thanks for the comment, and maybe I will look again at the shots with the crowds in.
Wooly 15 112 4 England
22 Aug 2008 8:12AM
Nice and moody Jon.

johnjrp 16 432 5 Australia
22 Aug 2008 8:25AM
Just magic. John
rontear Plus
17 23 9 England
22 Aug 2008 8:28AM
This image does sum up the location. It is a iconic location, crowds are part of the scene Jon. Like what you have done to impose what you wanted. Ron.
MikeH 16 217 4 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2008 8:41AM
Note to self, remember Jon's comments about the tripod! Think I'll go for the 55.
A moody image but I would think it difficult to have no people in the shots of this busy place,
Richsr 13 91 223 England
22 Aug 2008 9:07AM
Like the tones in this and lead in - well captured.
Regards Richard,
22 Aug 2008 9:07AM
excellent shot,well taken.ray
LeighRebecca 13 267 10 England
22 Aug 2008 9:10AM
Great compostion and bags of mood. Like it.

22 Aug 2008 9:18AM
Great moody image.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
22 Aug 2008 9:18AM
Still a smashing shot Jon people or not! Great mood to it and I like the use of the diagonal.

Sarah *
VintageRed 15 15 1 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2008 9:21AM
Good moody image. Particularly like the lead-in.
DeSilver Plus
13 14 12 England
22 Aug 2008 10:29AM
You feel that you could have done better but I like the image, not only does it show the main subject but also all that is going on round it. Smile

MNPHOTO 12 1 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2008 11:16AM
redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2008 5:40PM
Johnny, just seen the mod, I quite like the squarer crop thank you.
I did actually do some vignetting already, but looking at how you've done it, maybe not enough. thanks for taking the time to do the mod, it's always appreciated.
22 Aug 2008 6:03PM
It does stand out, don't know how you found mine.
redstag 15 100 15 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2008 6:53PM
Very simple Brian, quick search and yours came up! To be honest i was looking for inspiration from the undevelopped shots.

MalcolmS Plus
15 1.2k 13 England
22 Aug 2008 7:09PM
A cracking shot for all that Jon. Can't believe the tripod, I've got one and never had those sort of problems,always thought it quite sturdy and heavy.

JohnnyGraham 15 102 Scotland
22 Aug 2008 7:19PM
hey a pleasure redstag,

just couldnt resist the urge to crop that bit out.
paulb20 Plus
14 12 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2008 7:21PM
Yes, I like it too.
dmhuynh72 13 44 3 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 8:08AM
yes i like the grainy and moody effects too, excellent work
hellsbells8868 12 151 2 Wales
26 Aug 2008 4:47PM
Very atmospheric, beautiful..
Moey 14 14 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 8:04PM
Although recently, I've tried to include people in shots, I know where you're coming from in this image... personally, i feel it would have taken the focus away from the landscape itself... and i think that would have been a shame... the image here is excellent, i'm glad worked on it to keep the focal point on the landscape... you've captured a great image here...!!



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