The desolation of Smaug…

When I was but a wee lad (well, maybe not totally wee), one of my all time favorite books was J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  It was written so descriptively that I felt almost as if I were standing right next to Bilbo Baggins as he embarked on his adventure to confront the dragon Smaug.  I was reminded of that wonderful book  last month while exploring the beautiful gothic-styled Le Mont Saint-Michel, in the Normandy region of France.  I was like a kid in a sweet shop, devouring all the Gothic eye-candy I saw.  I could almost imagine what it must have been like for those who roamed the same great halls where I stood that day.  I could almost feel the heat of the flames burning in the many massive fire places I came across, and hear the crackle of the flames and smell the roasted meats cooking over those flames, oh so many long years ago.  I imagine such a place would have been a safe haven from the dark things outside… like dragons!  If you are ever in France, you simply must visit this amazing place.  Did I mention the roasted lamb is to die for?

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Love the comp and your imagination is spot on. This room looks like something straight out of a fantasy novel! Amazing how nice it is after all these years!

I can’t stop looking at this photo…it just keeps drawing me into it’s storied past. Extremely well captured, my friend!

Wow, this is amazing! I love the Gothic architecture… great shot!

Outstanding. Really great comp and processing!

Excellent stuff, love the look and feel of this shot. 🙂

Aww, shucks, guys! You all are makin’ me blush! Seriously, thanks a ton for compliments on this one. The whole place kind was just awesome. Mos def tops on my list of fav places during the trip to France!

Whoa… cool! This is one seriously fine HDR, Jacques. Love the back story, too… The Hobbit was one of my faves, as well.

Thanks, Rob! I’m reading that book to my girls (11 and 10 years old) and they love it! Great bed time adventures for them, and a great way to wind down with them at the end of the day.

Beautifully done Jacques. Love the light, the colors, the concrete floor, and mostly the arches! Well, well done!

Beautiful soft light – fabulous !!!

Love the shot and post processing. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the building was constructed layer upon layer, over centuries. It is indeed Gothic in many respects, but what you have depicted is most definitely Romanesque, not Gothic. I’m just saying …..

beautiful My friend!!!! Stunning 🙂

Wow, this is one of the best HDR’s I’ve ever seen. Fantastic!