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The Fortress Of Light
The Fortress Of Light
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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD for Canon
Location: Le Mont-St-Michel, France
Date: Aug 22, 2006
Aperture: 22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 10 secs
Galleries: Cityscape, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2006

This is a view of Le Mont-St-Michel in Northern France from a mile or so away, taken at dusk. Double RAW conversion to get full contrast for the sky and separately for the city, dodge & burn, curves, slight desat, crop, save for web.

I didn't have my tripod with me so had to balance the camera on a not-particularly-level fence post (with a few bits of museum gumph to prop it up)

Thanks to alexsaberi for tips.

Statistics
Place: 63 out of 684
Avg (all users): 6.3284
Avg (commenters): 6.6765
Avg (participants): 6.2594
Avg (non-participants): 6.5893
Views since voting: 2055
Views during voting: 396
Votes: 268
Comments: 38
Favorites: 5 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 11:51:10 PM
If that church wasn't so beautiful this would be a very haunting scene with that sky and foreground. Great photo!
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09/07/2006 11:41:50 PM
wow, where is that...i wanna go check that out sometime! sweet shot! 10
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09/07/2006 08:54:19 PM
It seems so unnatural.
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09/07/2006 08:28:41 PM
Really cool shot but is a little overprocessed. You can see the clear line along the edge of the building where a different layer is created to expose for the foreground and bring in detail. you could have burned that edge or something to create a smoother transition.
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09/07/2006 04:12:14 PM
Some outlining issues but I like the cartoony/arty feel.
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09/07/2006 12:14:08 PM
fairly tale
09/06/2006 08:43:44 PM
Striking subject, nice foreground detail. Halo visible around your structure, the sky lacks the texture it probably had--a little too much neat image?
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09/06/2006 01:25:18 PM
Beautifull pictire, colors are great and so is the sky. Really moody... can we say that?

Very well done, this should get a really good score in the challenge
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09/05/2006 05:46:06 PM
Something here is a little un-nerving, possibly the sky. I can't put my finger on it.
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09/05/2006 03:45:34 PM
The sky really brings this photo to life. Great job.
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09/05/2006 12:50:46 PM
Is this Mont St. Michel? Wonderful place.

I love the mood though the processing done seems to have exagerated the lines between building and sky on the left side. 7
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09/05/2006 08:18:04 AM
Ooh, very Underworld. it certainly has a very instant visual appeal. the sky is gorgeously dramatic, the dusky ambience very fitting, i love the colour and lighting on the grass in the foreground, and initially, i thought the illumination of the buildings seems really effective. but it becomes obvious that there's been some post photo assistance, and possibly too much dodging; and a mix of dark edged and halo'd surrounds the mound and buildings which is distracting. teething problems aside, this is a superbly dramatic landscape and i like it, 8.
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09/04/2006 01:30:35 AM
Wow Stunning ! 9
09/03/2006 10:35:57 PM
This is one of the better night shots. I love the sky. It has an eerie feeling. Great focus.
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09/03/2006 07:16:37 PM
wow... this looks very cool!
09/03/2006 07:02:59 PM
wow, were is this place at?
09/03/2006 11:57:16 AM
Great mood in this shot, love the sky. 8
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09/03/2006 08:20:05 AM
Just been there and was hoping to catch something like this. Yours is really well done and worthy of a travel book.
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09/02/2006 03:01:26 PM
Very nice composition - love the dramatic sky as the backdrop and the grasses as foreground. Lovely!
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09/02/2006 08:39:00 AM
Nice capture and a pretty impressive castle.
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09/02/2006 08:24:27 AM
8
09/02/2006 05:14:31 AM
Very imposing structure. That there's a house over to the left really shows the scale.
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09/01/2006 11:16:15 PM
Good lighting and composition...
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09/01/2006 06:18:18 PM
has the qualities of a painting! nice shot
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09/01/2006 03:32:52 PM
Maybe a bit too much processing on the clouds, you have some halo around the hill. 5
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09/01/2006 11:01:09 AM
hey, did I give you permission to take pictures of my house? just make sure you ask next time :)

Great shot!
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09/01/2006 10:53:47 AM
well, thats cool looking. very interesting.
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09/01/2006 09:45:25 AM
This is so dramatic! Awesome job! 10
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09/01/2006 08:00:42 AM
I really like this photo, but the building looks a bit out of focus. Nice shot though.
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09/01/2006 07:08:32 AM
imo there's a bit too much PP, it doesn't look natural enough - sorry just my view
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09/01/2006 07:06:33 AM
The texture of the clouds is odd - maybe too much noise reduction, otherwise an attractive night shot.
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09/01/2006 05:12:04 AM
Looks almost fantastical. There is something a little weird seeming with the edges of the hill and the trees on it. They seem just a little darker right before it becomes sky.
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09/01/2006 02:25:53 AM
My first image to vote on and its very good! 9
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09/01/2006 01:56:54 AM
looks like a scene from a movie! wow...stunning...I love the foreground lighting
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09/01/2006 01:27:04 AM
A little too "processed" for my own tastes (which is all I can use to judge and vote by).
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09/01/2006 12:39:00 AM
this look really good
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09/01/2006 12:36:03 AM
The sky processing on this has gone way too smooth for my tastes.
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09/01/2006 12:05:04 AM
Lots of haloing on this image, around the outlines of the building in particular.
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