Mont St. Michel

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 27 September 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The medieval abbey of Mont St. Michel on the coast in northern France photographed in the mist and rain.....the huge scale of the abbey is difficult to show on this small AM3 size version but the top of the spire is about 150 metres above sea level. On the full resolution version of this photo you can see the tiny figures of people walking along the causeway on the right of the photo together with the umbrellas thay are carrying.


An Open Invitation:

On Tuesday 12 October I'll be giving a talk to North Cheshire Photographic Society about my photos: NCPS Syllabus

For the first hour I'll be showing lots of my own photos using a digital projector and discussing the work of photographers like our own Hugo Poon, and John Leech who first showed me that photography could be an art form, as well as the work of iconic photographers like Michael Kenna

In the final 30 minutes of the talk I'm going to be discussing basic tips on photographic composition.

I realise that most of you live a long way away but anyone who would like to come will be made very welcome!

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

For purchasing high quality archival prints of any of these photos you can send me an email by clicking here or by going to my website Ian Bramham - Fine Art Photography where prices are listed in the gallery sections under each individual photo.

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France


27 Sep 2010 5:18am

@Valérie Simonnet: Thanks Valérie!

Bill Brown from California, United States

Beautiful b&w capture!

27 Sep 2010 5:20am

@Bill Brown: Thanks Bill!

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Beautifully atmospheric!

27 Sep 2010 7:00am

@Richard: Thanks Richard!

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

W O N D E R F U L !

an exceptionnal composition ...

27 Sep 2010 7:51am

@Olivier: Thanks Olivier!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

I think most of your photo's can only be fully appreciated as a large print Ian - not to say what we see here isn't awesome. I came across a photographer in my local market on the w/e, selling B&W shots similar to your own style, but were mostly A0+ and absolutely jaw dropping. (Unframed were £150-£200, framed were £250+).

27 Sep 2010 8:23am

@Ian Smith: Thanks Ian!.....I'm really happy with this one and it was certainly worth getting all the waterproofs on and going out in the rain. Compared to the vertically orientated version of this scene that I posted on the 27th August I held back on the contrast a bit when post processing this version and that added bit of subtelty made all the difference I think.

I haven't tried printing this one yet but I'm looking forward to seeing what it looks like at a large size.

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Wow ! marvelous ambiance!

27 Sep 2010 10:05am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Another extraordinary photo - I am one of your biggest fans!

27 Sep 2010 10:14am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: What a lovely thing to say Sharon!

Andrew from United Kingdom

Wow! They get better and better Ian. I love the simplicity of the image and how the sky and forground draws you eyes to the subject.

27 Sep 2010 11:02am

@Andrew: Thanks Andrew....I'm really pleased with this one!

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

superb framing and lighting !

27 Sep 2010 12:08pm

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Impeccable composition, tonality and masterful play of light!!! Such an amazing air of mystery! I'm absolutely with Ian - I'll be dying to see a large print!:-) This is a masterpice!

27 Sep 2010 1:25pm

@hugo poon: Thanks very much Hugo!

Iknow from Chengdu, China

Very mysterious scene, great shot!!

27 Sep 2010 3:47pm

@Iknow: Thank you!

Aaron S from Brooklyn, United States

Ian, wonderful as always. I thought of your work this weekend, I was in Pennsylvania, USA and stayed a night near a nuclear power plant with two large steam towers like those in your Merseyside shots. Unfortunately, travel plans got in the way of taking my D40 there, but I was inspired to make it back there on my next trip. I managed just an iPhone shot:

27 Sep 2010 3:57pm

@Aaron S: what a great story....that's excellent Aaron!

k@ from Paris, France

Oh, i dream to visit this place and love to see images of le Mont St-Michel and this one is sure one of the most gorgeous one i've ever seen, your light is divine and the snaky sea path, the deep blacks, just Awesome !

27 Sep 2010 5:30pm

@k@: Thanks very much Karine for your comment on this photo and the other ones!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Simply fabulous, your longer exposure shots have become quite an art form. I have the ND filters now but not the motivation to go find a place to shoot.

27 Sep 2010 5:52pm

@Curly: Thanks Curly.....a good place to start with nd filters and long exposure photography is to contrast something moving such as clouds or water with the main subject of your photo which would normally be solid and unmoving. Once you get the basic technique sorted you can experiment with different ways of using the filters. (By the way this photo was not a long exposure - it would have been impossible without cover due to the raindrops falling on the lens. I had to work very quickly and wipe the lens clear of water between shots)

salva from burgos, Spain

Mysterious image and excellent lightning!

27 Sep 2010 6:21pm

@salva: Thanks salva!

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Your pictures are a great inspiration for me, thank you!

27 Sep 2010 7:44pm

@Stefan: Thanks Stefan....that's a lovely thing to say!

Gillian Barfoot from Saint John, Canada

Such a fabulous minimal landscape, beautiful black-and-white tones, and that line of light along the edge of the water is perfect. Superb.

27 Sep 2010 10:40pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Wow ! 5 stars ! I used to live there, but I've never seen it that beautiful !

28 Sep 2010 4:54am

patrick from Achères, France

stuning view of this famous monument.great light.

28 Sep 2010 6:28pm

tom from Germany

Absolutely stunning shot. Love the light.

28 Sep 2010 7:04pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb composition! i love the haunting mood thanks to nice play of light and silhouettes - you really know how to control light for such wonderful effects!

29 Sep 2010 4:50am

Fabienne from Quelque part ou ailleurs, France

Superb Ian !

30 Sep 2010 7:41am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Great shot!*****stars

5 Oct 2010 2:28pm

ocorti from Vevey, Switzerland

amazing. i love it

7 Oct 2010 5:34am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Great shot!

30 Mar 2011 11:49am

This image has been featured in 1 Remix collection.

Images du Mont by Helodie

Nikon D700
1/200 second
ISO 200
16 mm (35mm equiv.)

Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook Share this photo on Google+ Share this photo on StumbleUpon