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Le Mont Saint-Michel
1st PlaceLe Mont Saint-Michel
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black and White Landscape (Basic Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Mont Saint-Michel, France
Date: Apr 24, 2010
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Apr 24, 2010

Thank you all!

I am very proud of that score, especially with a black and white photo. To be fair, the site itself did most of the job, it is an incredible place. Also, a special thank to my DPL team for processing advices!

For those who would like to see a higher resolution version of this, you can see it on my flickr page (click on the magnifying lens above the picture for other sizes)

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A classic shot, from the second most visited spot of France (the first one being Paris). I live 3 hours away from it, so I thought it would be a good idea to get there for this challenge. For those wondering, the vignetting effect was accomplished using optical gradient filters, not added in post-processing, in order to comply with basic editing rules.

The Mont Saint-Michel is located on the country's west coast, in Normandie. It was actually a tidal island: the Mont Saint-Michel was previously connected to the mainland via a thin natural land bridge, which before modernization was covered at high tide and revealed at low tide. Nowadays, topographic adjustments have been made, and the thin road is always available.

The village and its abbey were constructed in the eighth century AD.

The Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 380
Avg (all users): 7.5590
Avg (commenters): 8.7895
Avg (participants): 7.4434
Avg (non-participants): 7.7818
Views since voting: 9668
Views during voting: 391
Votes: 161
Comments: 56
Favorites: 34 (view)


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12/27/2013 06:44:56 PM
I went there in the Summer and loved it (I was also there as a kid but couldn't really remember it)

It was really busy, but it was definitely worth paying to go up to the top and watch the tide come in, which happened quite quickly!

Oh, and great shot as well, I think this conjures up the tranquility of the place, when away from the crowds of tourists that is...
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01/18/2012 04:05:29 AM
wowsers just stumbled on this, next time i hop the channel im going :)
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02/21/2011 01:34:13 AM
this is phenomenal!
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07/13/2010 08:48:27 AM
Just came across this browsing the DPL pages. Brilliant shot! It's been a while since I was last in that part of France.
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05/09/2010 10:38:54 PM
Almost surreal. Very lovely shot! Congratulations!
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05/08/2010 12:22:10 PM
Such a magnificent image. The processing is genius. This reminds me of Debussy's La cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral). The story told through the music is from a Breton legend about a cathedral on the mythical island of Ys. On certain mornings, the cathedral will rise from the waters and you can hear the priests chanting and the bells tolling. For me, your image evokes that mythical atmosphere.
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05/05/2010 05:55:01 AM
Cangratulations on the blue ribbon. It's a beautiful capture. I visited Mont-Saint-Michel in 2003 and that's a place I won't forget!
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05/04/2010 06:39:55 AM
Wow dude! You are rocking the DPC scene here! Great capture :)
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05/03/2010 11:10:45 PM
Very well done! Congrats on the blue!
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05/03/2010 07:09:46 PM
Congratulations on the win. What a superb scene.
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05/03/2010 11:54:48 AM
very pretty scene, well shot! congrats!
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05/03/2010 11:45:36 AM
Stupendous shot !!! Congrats on the Blue !!
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05/03/2010 11:13:57 AM
Congrats on your blue... and a beautiful shot!
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05/03/2010 10:14:11 AM
Cobgrats!
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05/03/2010 09:41:08 AM
Cristophe congrats on the BLUE! What a fabulous picture, Go Jawbones!
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05/03/2010 09:32:37 AM
Fantastic shot! You are quickly becoming a site favourite.
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05/03/2010 09:08:13 AM
Congrats! Looks so beautiful. WIsh I could go and visit it.
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05/03/2010 07:16:29 AM
Yay Cristophe!!!!!! This is a really awesome photo!
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05/03/2010 05:02:13 AM
What an amazing place and you have captured it well. Congrats on the blue ribbon.
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05/03/2010 04:43:51 AM
Great photo. Very well done.
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05/03/2010 04:10:53 AM
Glad you won with this one. It's such a fantastic shot.
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05/03/2010 03:54:38 AM
This is one of the most deserving blue ribbon winners I've EVER seen. Simply outstanding photo. Congratulations...
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05/03/2010 02:57:39 AM
Magnifique! Felicitations!
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05/03/2010 02:24:57 AM
congrats on the well deserved blue ribbon!!!
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05/03/2010 01:08:54 AM
YES!!! Fantastic finish Christophe!! Yahoooo for you!! Go Jawbones!!
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05/03/2010 12:18:53 AM
Congrats on the BLUE!!! such a beautiful image
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05/03/2010 12:12:21 AM
Fantastic image. Congratulations Christophe on a well deserved blue ribbon.
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05/03/2010 12:12:16 AM
wow... proud of you Man!
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05/03/2010 12:06:30 AM
Congratulations Christophe! I knew this thing would ribbon, and look at that score! You did our team proud :-)
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05/03/2010 12:05:23 AM
Very nice image. Thanks for the info and congratulations.
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05/03/2010 12:03:16 AM
One of my favorites in the challenge! Well done and congrats on the blue!
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05/03/2010 12:02:30 AM
AWESOME! congrats on the blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/02/2010 08:59:04 PM
I am so jealous! Great shot
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05/02/2010 03:26:03 PM
such an amazing shot .. almost silver .. deserves a ribbon .. i'm not voting .. :)
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05/02/2010 02:22:03 AM
Spectacular
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05/01/2010 10:06:17 PM
Wonderful! I love the negative space on the right. I wish we could have larger sizes for landscape orientation. I bet this would be much more spectacular at around 1400 pixels!
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05/01/2010 04:27:39 PM
Certainly a classic shot, but the empty space makes it different than the usual ones. (No vote, just commenting.)
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04/30/2010 05:25:02 PM
The water is so still that it takes my breath away. The composition is excellent - I imagine you spent quite some time waiting for the perfect lighting - your focus is impeccable. I imagine this photo will do very well.
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04/30/2010 02:19:40 PM
Always beautiful. Great capture.
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04/30/2010 02:19:12 PM
Simple and beautiful...
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04/29/2010 01:51:12 PM
Où est-ce? Il est beau!
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04/29/2010 01:33:58 AM
I've been waiting to see this sight on this site, and you have not disappointed with your entry.
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04/28/2010 11:42:44 PM
Magical. Very nice! 9
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04/27/2010 10:48:50 PM
Whoa... how cool is that?!?!?1 This place looks awesome.
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04/27/2010 01:07:56 PM
WOW! Gorgeous, stunning, beautifully done!
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04/26/2010 10:00:00 PM
Stunning and very surreal. Can't imagine what this looks like in color.
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04/26/2010 08:52:31 PM
very impressive this made me stop and stare an extra minute 7
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04/26/2010 07:26:03 PM
Wow... what a place, and a great image too!
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04/26/2010 04:21:53 PM
I tried to get there a few weeks ago but couldn't quite swing it on our France trip. But enough about that. This is absolutely stunning, as you should well know. If this isn't the blue ribbon I'll eat my hat. 10
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04/26/2010 01:07:57 PM
I love that place, need to go there again soon and you've captured it absolutely beautifully
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04/26/2010 12:10:21 PM
This is absolutely stunning.
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04/26/2010 11:43:59 AM
I have always wanted to go here. What amazingly still water. The lines and reflection are super, but the lighting on the island seems a little flat.
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04/26/2010 11:29:17 AM
Excellently composed. It feels like a magical place straight out of a movie.
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04/26/2010 11:07:38 AM
wow - beautiful
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04/26/2010 12:55:55 AM
Really like the silver tones to this - and what a lovely view of a lovely place! For me, the negative space really adds to this.
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04/26/2010 12:34:21 AM
Thanks for using the name as the title, or it would have driven me nuts all week! That's such an incredible structure. Nice tones and use of reflection.
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