Our French holiday had two main targets, Mont St Michel and a garden in the Loire. Due to a technical hitch we decided not to push our luck and head too far south, but Sue would have had to drag me kicking and screaming back to the ferry had we missed out the Mont.
We got the first glimpse from miles away. The late afternoon sun was backlighting the area giving a clear silhouette. A brief stop for a token long shot, which amounted to nothing, then finally onto the causeway. Campervans filled a large area to the side of the main carpark, and for €12 sounded like unbeatable value for a full day's parking and an unbeatable breakfast view!
|Breakfast view, Greeny parked opposite the Mont|
|Mont St Michel, backlit, 9 mins @ f10|
The next shot was taken shortly after the sun had gone. The colours weren't as dramatic as this shot suggests, but recent experiments using LAB colour in photoshop have revealed all kinds of weird and wonderful effects! I'm quite happy with how this one turned out, the hint of inky blue to the top right retaining some sanity.
|Sunset, Mont St Michel, 1/8th @ f14|
It reminds me more of coloured glass than any sunset I've actually seen, not that the camera ever lies. The colours were far closer to the following shot taken 18 minutes later. The floodlights have been switched on, though there was still quite a lot of ambient light. My Cokin Grad have combined with one of my NDs to add a slight magenta cast to the sky..
|Dusk, Mont St Michel, 30 seconds @ f7.1, 400iso|
|Crossover light, Mont St Michel, 25 seconds @ f9, back to 200iso|
This was one of the final shots of the night before setting my alarm for 5am, a few games of Boggle, then hitting the sack.
Go to Mont St Michel!