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Mont St Michel

By ChrisOs
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.

Tags: Black and white

Voters: Elllie, AlleyCatz, christabella and 29 more

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DaveU 12 1.4k 125 England
22 May 2006 11:05PM
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?


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conrad 13 10.9k 116
22 May 2006 11:17PM
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.

mrsdaffy 12 16
22 May 2006 11:33PM
Nice one Chris, it looks like Xanado just appeared.....

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

shane 13 7 United Kingdom
23 May 2006 12:14AM
Great shot, the large version is well detail. Never seent this place, amaizing
Love the presentation Chris

ChrisOs Plus
13 2 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2006 12:37AM
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.
sputnki 14 10 Canada
23 May 2006 1:30AM
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!

Briwooly 12 452 5 England
23 May 2006 1:38AM
!920 or what nice one
SoupyD 12
23 May 2006 2:23AM
a lovely image, onethat works very well in the fact that you decided not to clone the walkers out of the pic...that really adds something to this Smile
ChrisOs Plus
13 2 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2006 2:39AM
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.

AlanBW 12 20 England
23 May 2006 5:42AM
This works so well in mono - nice work!
angelamary 12 6 England
23 May 2006 7:42AM
Quite mystical looking! Very nice shot. Well caught.
JohnoP 12 2
23 May 2006 7:56AM
Nicely composed and framed Chris - the people in the foreground add to the picture - John
MilanaG 12 Bulgaria
23 May 2006 8:12AM
Good view,nice toning and details(people).
Like this one Chris!
MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
23 May 2006 9:37AM
Nice composition Chris, like the figures for scale.

MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
23 May 2006 9:39AM
Nice composition Chris, like the figures for scale.

23 May 2006 12:14PM
click it de click...nice ..and thanks for the image that I reguested..I love this shot...
A_Harrison 13 261 Canada
24 May 2006 7:58AM
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.


P.S. Is this the location they used in Monty Pythons The Holy Grail?
ChrisOs Plus
13 2 1 United Kingdom
24 May 2006 10:17AM
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.

Deigan 12
24 May 2006 11:41AM
One more click for a commonly photographed landmark photographed here in an original and interesting way - NIce work - Love the human interest
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
24 May 2006 12:08PM
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.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
25 May 2006 11:49AM
fantastic work!!!

annefromleo 12 11 1 United Kingdom
26 May 2006 3:05AM
spectacular image and presentation Chris, even down to such an appropriate font, very well done
ps what font is it by the way?
ChrisOs Plus
13 2 1 United Kingdom
26 May 2006 4:10AM
Thanks again everyone, glad you like it.
Anne, the fount is called Papyrus.
TonyBlake 11 2 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2006 12:21AM
Mmm...Great image Chris ...I think i was there the very same day. Smile

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