I first saw an image of Mont st Michele, Normandy, France around 1957 in a Life magazine, inside back cover I think it was. It was in b/w and showed the sand bar that connected the Abbey with the mainland. The article said that when the monks needed something from the mainland they had to wait for low tide to go accross and get it because at high tide the sand bar was underwater.
I thought how neat it would be to someday be able to see that place in person. Fast forward to three years ago. When we finally got out out of Rouen, France in our rented car we made for this place. the day was overcast and when we got there I was crestfallen. You see, there was a four lane road connecting the mainland to the Abbey, lined with parking lots on either side for at least a half a mile. I took three rolls of 36 exposure film, just to be sure that I had it in all variations.
When I got home and had it transferred to a CD, I set about to making it look like I wanted it to. As you can see I put in a nice blue sky, water with reflections, etc.
Now I find this GREAT web site and have dabbled with a couple of posts here. So i wanted to post the original retouched photograph as well as the one I re-did using Corel Painter aand it's clone + Van Gogh-ability.