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photoblog image Mont Saint-Michel 3/3

Mont Saint-Michel 3/3

 

At the tippy-top of Mont Saint-Michel (see last post) is the Abbey.

And YES, Astrid and I climbed to the very top and walked inside the now-empty 'cathedral.'

 

From our recent trip to France.

Mont Saint-Michel 3/3

 

At the tippy-top of Mont Saint-Michel (see last post) is the Abbey.

And YES, Astrid and I climbed to the very top and walked inside the now-empty 'cathedral.'

 

From our recent trip to France.

comments (55)

What a wonderful place to visit. I'd love to go inside the cathedral. Great texture background, too.
Ginnie Hart: You'd love this place, Larry. It was rather spectacular. Thank you.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Jul 2010, 02:19
Amazing place, Ginnie.

I like your mood texture, too.
Ginnie Hart: It really is amazing, Ray. Thank you.
Oh, wow! I like your treatment of a magnificent building.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Odd.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Jul 2010, 05:46
This is one out of the 'old box', love the treatment and yes you were the trooper to me that day to walk all those steps UP and DOWN with me.
But than at the end we had our reward....a grand view over the sea and the land AND an amazing sunset, a day/night to remember......thank you.
Ginnie Hart: You are definitely one to lean on, mijn vrouw, so thank you for being there both up and down. Maybe one day I'll actually be back to my old self when running around and bouncing off the walls is easier. We'll never forget this place, will we! I'm so glad I saw it with YOU.
Hi Ginny! Just been looking through your archive - most enjoyable. I love the `old` treatment you are giving some of your photographs. This is a particularly lovely image (as was yesterday`s). (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Roz! It's so good to see you again. We've all missed you, as you see.
beautiful composition! Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jojo.
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 30 Jul 2010, 07:05
very cool process and the catch
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, TM.
The processing makes it old, this fits perfectly.

Sorry I have been absent for a while. Home situation makes me focus on health. I hope to be able to come by a bit more often from now on.
Ginnie Hart: So sorry you've had to be away for awhile, Chantal. Let's hope things clear up healthwise a bit. Thanks for stopping by again.
  • LoLO
  • France
  • 30 Jul 2010, 07:09
Magnifique traitement de cette image. Q'utilises-tu comme logiciel ?


Amazing and beautiful image processing.What did you use like software?

LoLO
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear LoLO. After processing this in PS I simply added a texture to give it the older feel.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Jul 2010, 07:10
Very powerful Ginnie: you say it's empty inside?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chris. Yes, the inside of the Abbey is an immense structure of ups and downs, different levels everywhere with almost no art work or furnishings anywhere. It draws attention to the structure itself and is highlighted with various colored lights everywhere. It was totally unexpected!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Jul 2010, 07:17
Did Astrid carry you across? This is a photoginnie building.
Ginnie Hart: Not exactly, Louis, but almost. smile I have terrible sciatic issues from time to time, during which she becomes the arm I lean on. This was one time I would not let anything stop me from reaching the top. It was totally worth it. Thanks.
Would make a good rest home for you know who, lovely pic Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! We will mention no names, Mick. Thanks.
  • Elaine-
  • Germany
  • 30 Jul 2010, 07:56
just gorgeous!!!! you really must share your texture files with me, unless you paid for them of course, then that wouldn't be right, and no that guy is not my husband, my husband isn't SKINNY lol
Ginnie Hart: I have paid for no texture files, Elaine, which is the good news, I guess. smile When you Google for textures, it's amazing what you come up with. One I love is Jerry Jones/ghostbones: http://www.flickr.com/photos/telzey/sets/72157611268347999/. Another is Kim Klassen, but you have to sign up for her one texture per week which comes to your e-mail: http://www.kimklassencafe.com/2010/06/inspiration-stay-cation-guess-what-im.html. Enjoy.

I was pretty sure that wasn't your husband, but you know how people can change over the years! smile
So is it just a shell? Nice picture
Ginnie Hart: Basically, yes, Bill. But they use lighting (sometimes colored) to accent the skeleton of the immense structure, full of up and down levels with steps everywhere. It's like a maze inside! Thanks.
  • MAMYNI
  • Belgium
  • 30 Jul 2010, 08:09
Een sublieme plaats. Men wordt van de inspanningen van de beklimming beloond.
Ginnie Hart: Precies, Mamyni. It's an amazing place. Bedankt.
a magical location for a very impressive set Ginnie in this one i appreciate the power of the contrast
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Fabrizio. This place really has its contrasts, for sure.
Hello,
Prone beautiful, very special the tonality , superb, well with you.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, as always, Roland. Thank you.
Good for you and Astrid for getting to the stop and exploring all the levels and steps. Not easy with a sciatic condition. Strong willpower must be what saw you through. Well done.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid always tells me I'm a troopewr when my sciatica flares up, but I turn to her and say SHE'S the trooper, putting up with me. I try not to let it slow me down but it does. Good thing I'm always stopping to take pictures. smile Thanks, Sheila.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 30 Jul 2010, 09:14
Nicely processed with the texture layer Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tony.
What a splendor of a processing, tones & frame ! An atmosphere so strong comes with the image...
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Karine. I appreciate your kind words.
Lovely image and lovely treatment, you know I use a lot of textures myself, so I am bound to love them!

If I may have one little point of criticism I would like to point out that composition wise I really miss the top of the spire. According to 'the rules' you either put in the entire thing ,or not at all, but not this half-half like. But overall it is a very, very nice picture!!
Ginnie Hart: I know you love textures, Marion, and you're one who always inspires me, so thank you.

You are so right about the spire, of course. I'm not sure what possessed me to dare show it this way, but maybe it was one time when the spire (something I usually "collect") was left to the imagination for me so that I could concentrate on something else. This Abbey was like a see-through skeleton and that's what sucked me in...not the spire. I didn't want a portrait look (that would have included the spire) but a close-up landscape. They say sometimes we can break the rules and maybe I shouldn't have, but...well, there you have it. My teacher would slap me on the wrist, I know. sad
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 30 Jul 2010, 10:02
Very nice Ginnie. I'm glad you managed to get all the way to the top.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Scarlet, and so am I! smile
Interesting shot, Ginnie - although I'm not a fan of the texture smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for being honest, Tom. I realize it's not everyone's cuppa tea!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Jul 2010, 11:17
Heel mooi zijn de doorkijkjes (dit kunnen we ook in enkele Nederlandse kerken zoals in Kampen, Deventer... beleven) -en zo vele ramen en vele fijne architectuur -details!- jammer dat de cathedraal is nu leeg- en waar zijn de monks and priests verdwenen? - but in my imagination I could still listen to their prayers and songs they once sang with devotion some times per day! Your photo captured very well the feeling of thoseold times- long long ago!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Philine. It was very strange to be inside such a huge but relatively barren cathedral. Just a skeleton with only a few pieces of ornamentation. Thankfully there was a wee chapel down closer to the foot of the hill in which there were priests and nuns and incense...all the things you would expect in a place of worship (Roman Catholic). Ontzettend bedankt.
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 30 Jul 2010, 12:57
Beautiful crop ! Great treatment ans texture is marvelous !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mariana.
The superb images you've captured of this Abbey, Ginnie, has convinced me to put it on my 'must see' list.
Ginnie Hart: You won't be disappointed, Beverly. But from what I hear, try to go in the evening, as we did, when the crowds are not as heavy! Thanks.
The processing is great. Congratulations for the result.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Calusarus. Merci.
Very good presentation Ginnie. How sad it is to learn that this is now a shell and not a wonderful working building.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Brian. If you saw it, you'd be sad, I'm sure of it, even though the structure itself is incredible and not like a "normal" cathedral.
Quite ornate, I like the different toned stones.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Nigel. It looks very "complicated" to me now.
  • rags
  • 30 Jul 2010, 16:38
Great looking building. Nice work. Keep them coming.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Kanyi.
I gather from Astrid it was quite a trek up. The same at St Michael's Mount in Cornwall. Nearly killed me LOL. Great shot and the processing does it justice Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: We actually were at the top sooner than I expected, Janet. I have a sciatic problem that flares up at various times and Astrid was my tower of strength for most of the climb. We were both troopers. It surprised me that it wasn't as bad as it looked like it would be from the outside. One day we'd like to tackle Cornwall. smile Thanks, Janet.
You made this church even older than it is.
I like the seethrough of the church: that makes it look 'lighter'.
Ginnie Hart: That see-through part, Wim, is what makes me think of a skeleton, especially since it's basically barren inside. Bedankt.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Jul 2010, 19:24
Very atmospheric smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Cherie.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 30 Jul 2010, 19:44
Fantastic shot, so well processed, must have been a substantial climb to the top

re my shot, there are so many protests, almost on a daily basis, outside the UN HQ I think many people become complacent to them and hardly notice them
Ginnie Hart: It seemed it would take forever to get to the top from the outside, JJ, but once we were inside the walls, we were quite surprised how quickly we got to the top. It was spectacular. Thanks.
You are really fit Ginnie. Beautiful shots of a beautiful place. Good weekend.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, not that fit, Albert, when my sciatica acts up...and in that I case I lean on Astrid, as I had to do that day. But we did make it to the top. smile Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • France.
  • 30 Jul 2010, 22:26
Superb photo whit a excellent texture. I like it. Have a lovely Evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: As always, thank you, Antoine. Merci.
Great shot. Love the texture.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, David, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 30 Jul 2010, 22:49
Super texture, is FANTASTIK

Bravo
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Oscar. Gracias!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 31 Jul 2010, 04:27
Such an ancient feel to this one, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It's been around for awhile, Sherri, and almost has a skeletal feel to it. I was telling Astrid yesterday that it could almost look haunted in certain light, I'm sure. Thanks.
  • Beat
  • Switzerland
  • 31 Jul 2010, 05:02
what a great place you captured here. like the framing of this powerfull shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Beat. It's quite a place!
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 31 Jul 2010, 13:34
Lovely that you can see right thru the cathedral, well captured
Ginnie Hart: It's what drew me to this view, Petra...the skeletal feel. It was almost eerie. Bedankt.
Wonderful once again !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Zeb.
A powerful image Ginnie, that really shows how inspired and visionary the early builders and architects were.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, George. How did they ever figure these things outs! Amazing. Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 31 Jul 2010, 21:53
Such an amazing building. That is sure one to write down on the must see list. Beautifully captured series Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You would love it, Frida. I hope you can make it some day! Thanks.
  • Toni
  • Eastern Washington
  • 1 Aug 2010, 01:09
I'm not typically a fan of textures, and I use them only on occasion, but when done sparingly as you did they look quite nice. Well done! I read Marion's comment and I have to admit that was my same reaction...at first. But I looked at your image some more and decided it wasn't necessary for the image to work. Well done, Ginnie! smile
Ginnie Hart: I know that textures aren't for everyone, Toni. They're not always for me either but I do enjoy trying them to see if they might work. And yes, I understand Marion's point about the missing steeple. I'm glad you were able to see it through my eyes in the end. Sometimes going outside the box is okay, I guess, as long as we don't make a habit of it? smile Thanks for your gracious words.
I love the processing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Michael.
Excellent processing and texture Ginnie, works really well for this cathedral shot. What an amazing architecture, such an ominous feeling, really like this one, great work.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, John. I did a bit of "cheap" HDR work on it and even saw it a bit through your eyes, believe it or not. smile Thanks for your kind words.
I remember being at Mont St. Michel on my forst holiday with my husband, memories come to mind
Ginnie Hart: Glad I could bring back the memories, Chantal. I wonder how many years ago that was? smile
  • Diane
  • Canada
  • 1 Aug 2010, 17:37
I really love the texture you added to this photo -- so well matched.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Diane. I appreciate your comment.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 1 Aug 2010, 19:36
Love this straight-on elevation. Wonderful sense of balance in your framing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marcie. The funny thing is, I have no memory of where I was standing to get this view and am befuddled about it. smile
  • tede
  • France
  • 1 Aug 2010, 22:27
Too great series on the Mont Saint-Michel, the processing is excellent. Good evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tede. Merci.
  • rian
  • Fullerton, CA
  • 2 Aug 2010, 06:47
i can't imagine the feeling of walking inside a beautiful, ancient place like that.. nicely captured too.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Rian. It's a pretty fantastic place to walk around, inside and out!
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 3 Aug 2010, 02:53
Excelent shot....rules are made to be broken.....it is the skeleton af a majestic cathedral.....thanks for the climb that you took to get this magnificent photo.....love the texture.....tried to read the background for quite a while....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for your vote of confidence, Peter, which means a lot. In this image I didn't need the spire (emphasis on the I), which says it all because I normally do. So I broke my own rule. smile You made me laugh about trying to read the background. grin Thanks for your gracious comment.
Beautiful; I hope you will share some pictures from inside as well!
Ginnie Hart: Here's a link to my other blog, Mark, where you can see a lot of what we saw, inside and out:
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2010/07/mont-saint-michel.html
Thank you kindly for your interest...and for backtracking!
  • chinyelu
  • United States
  • 5 Sep 2010, 12:50
OO how i love your pictures Ginnie! this is one of my favorites
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart for stopping by and commenting, Chinyelu. Thank you.

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