Le Guide, encore

© Nikki McDonald

Le Guide, encore

Uploaded: March 14, 2008 16:41:17


This poor guy has been sitting in the refectory at Mont Saint-Michel in France since June when I took this shot--or since July when I first entered it, depending on how you calculate. This is his third and final re-edit and re-submission--would someone please give him something to eat?
For this version, I have cropped a bit from the top and left side as I thought the image felt cut in half compositionally. I also deepened the color a bit and added a reddish-brown wash to the floor.
I have always thought this capture was more about his solitude within the space than about him (People) or the place (Travel and Place) itself; I am, accordingly, entering this in Elements of Design. If you think this is really a mistake, please let me know.

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 100000/1000000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 125,125, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 9.90 mm, Model: KODAK P712 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA


Pat Gamwell March 14, 2008

I loved this before & love it again! Best of luck this time around! Wonderful work! #877749

Dr. Harmeet Singh March 14, 2008

This is beautiful.Loved the composition..Great work. #5644290

Colleen Farrell March 14, 2008

EoD is perfect for this, imo, Nikki. I remember this one from before and I'm glad to see you've entered it again. I love the colors, textures and of course, the composition! #5644408

Stefania Barbier level-addict March 15, 2008

this is gorgeous Nikki.... (do I remember it from before?). Love the tones and mood...! #5644484

Ron Roberts March 15, 2008


Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna March 15, 2008

Yes, I remember this and have thought they should have been a winner as I believe this one should too! The lighting is just wonderful as are all the elements of this image, Nikki ♫ k #5645373

Joao Martinho March 15, 2008

Beautiful picture, Nikki. It goes well on the design category. It is a great composition. #5645814

MELODIE C. ROBERTS March 15, 2008

Wow He sure is dedicated..He looks as if he has lost some weight
A Croissant perhaps?

NiK I too can not believe that this one has not been recognized
I really liked it then..Love it now..I like the floor color change
Good Luck this time around #5646157

Laurie Daily level-deluxe March 15, 2008

I do remember him, Nikki...Has he really been here that long...have we????The feeling I get when I see this is one of great peace. I can hear the silence when I look at this. If that makes sense! I often wonder about which category to enter. This image certainly has strong design elements. Hoping we will see it again! #5646354

Erika Haight March 15, 2008

Very nice image Nikki!! I love the tones and POV!!! Great work!

~ erika haight #5646639

Crystal L. Craig March 15, 2008

Oh, I really like what you've done to this Nikki! Choice composition, really draws you in ... the warm tones add a comfort to this very patient man's studies. *chuckle* Great work :) #5647279

Jayne Martin March 15, 2008

Another great entry!!! Loved it then,love it now!! #5647557

Sandra R. Alvey March 15, 2008

Nikki this is one of my favorites from you, I really hope they recognize it this time! Wonderful re-sub hon! #5647615

Su Sana E. P level-classic March 15, 2008

Nikki, design elements and depth are absolutely excellent in this great capture!! And the lonely guy is the perfect touch on this.

Colette M. Metcalf March 16, 2008

Wonderful capture, Nikki!!! #5648678

Indrajit Hajra March 16, 2008

Really picture speaks a thousand words. Awesome Nikki, an image with so much value. Amazing image here, I love it!


Derrald R. Farnsworth-Livingston March 16, 2008

Great shot, I love the repeating columns that you have placed diagonally. Overall a great composition with a story! #5651090

John Caruso March 17, 2008

Nicely done Nikki! I'm so happy to see this one again! There are so many strong elements here. It's a top notch job! #5652890

Susan Fox March 18, 2008

This has always been one of my favorite of yours. I am glad to see you trying it again :-) #5659722

Carol Teal March 20, 2008

I think it works well in EOD Nikki. I love the interior of this building and I can sense the quietness of this place. He seems so alone in this big place, but he seems oblivious to the fact. I have always loved this one Nikki, so don't give up on it yet!! In fact, I thought I had this in my favs, but seems I didn't, so it will be in there now! :) #5671119

MELODIE C. ROBERTS March 23, 2008

I am Now Sure he was looking up The Word

Congrats on The EP NiK
It Deserved it Long ago

Have a Nice Easter #5682498

Corinne M. Thompson March 24, 2008

Now that you've received the EFP, make sure he doesn't eat it! ;) Wonderful
rework here Nikki! #5692796

Jayne Martin March 30, 2008

All I have to say is FINALLY!!!! Yes...perseverance!!! This one will go far!! #5716993

Susan Fox April 02, 2008

Love it Nikki! Fingers crossed that it makes finalist :-) #5735550

MELODIE C. ROBERTS April 21, 2008

Now he can go Home and Get some Sleep and Something to Eat

Congrats NiK!!! ;0) #5817367

Erin Appelbaum April 21, 2008

Congrats on this finalist Nikki. Good luck. Peter #5817569

Stefania Barbier level-addict April 21, 2008

spectacular finalist Nikki, congrats!!!!! #5817640

Linda D. Lester level-classic April 21, 2008

Congratulations on this awesome finalist! #5817996

Erin Tyler April 21, 2008

Congratulations on your finalist! #5818010

Susan M. Hembree level-classic April 21, 2008

Wow! I missed this one. I guess the re-edit worked! I really love this, Nikki! Congratulations! #5818577

Ken Smith level-classic April 21, 2008

Third time's a charm. Congrats, Nikki!! #5819769

Colleen Farrell April 21, 2008

WTG, Nikki! Your persistence paid off--along with your photographic talent, that is! Big congrats again! #5820176

JO ANN CLEVELAND April 21, 2008

Such a beauty, great colors and comp!

Well deserved finalist, congrats!

jo ann c. #5820880

Erika Haight April 21, 2008

You did such a great job this month Nikki!!! Excellent Finalist # 2
:))))) #5820892

Elida Gutierrez April 21, 2008

Caongratulations in your Finalist!!! #5821004

Carol Teal April 21, 2008

WhoooHoooo Nikki!!! I am glad to see this one finally got the recognition it deserved! You know this has always been a favorite of mine!! I just had to comment on this one now, although I have to get in bed. WTG on all your finalists, and I hope to get back soon to comment on all of them. #5821131

Carla Metzler April 21, 2008

Congratulations, Nikki! #5821162

Crystal L. Craig April 21, 2008

Congratulations Nikki on this fine finalist! #5821416

Michelle L. Frick April 21, 2008

Way to go Nikki! I am so happy to see this one as a finalist! #5821417

Steve M. Harrington April 21, 2008

Good on you, Nikki.
Steve #5821468

Nikki McDonald level-classic April 21, 2008

Thanks everyone. I always liked the basic composition of this capture but it was everyone's enthusiasm for each version I uploaded that kept me going as I searched for the perfect edit. I'm thrilled! #5821542

Nadya Johnson April 21, 2008

Fantastic! A fave for me! Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Nikki! #5822248

Katarina Mansson April 22, 2008

I am thrilled to see this getting a Finalist Nikki! I love it (but you know that :-)

Congraulations! #5822861

Jeana Clark April 22, 2008

Superb Image Nikki!!!
Congratulations on your fantastic finalist!!!

~J~ #5823388

Pat Gamwell April 22, 2008

WoooHoo! WTG, girl! This has always been on top of my favs! Well deserved finalist! #5823627

Sylvia Rossler April 22, 2008

Big congrats on this incredible finalist Nikki :o)Finally this wonderful picture is rewarded :O) #5824789

Susan M. Smith level-classic April 22, 2008

Great background story Nikki. I'm glad you stuck with it and your perseverance paid off. It's a beautiful image ! Congrats on your Finalist :) #5824893

Susan Fox April 22, 2008

Congratulations Nikki :-) #5825415

Susan M. Campbell April 22, 2008

Look at you...another finalist...awesome! #5825494

Dr Silly level-classic April 22, 2008

It's about time. Congratulations on your finalist Nikki. :O)

Patrick Rouzes level-classic April 22, 2008

Congratulations on this amazing finalist,Nikki!!! #5825998

Laurie Daily level-deluxe April 22, 2008

I am so glad to see this one recognized, Nikki...Congrats again to you!!! #5826063

Corinne M. Thompson April 22, 2008

Congrats Nikki! #5827819

Marcus Grandon level-classic April 23, 2008

Congratulations Nikki!! Great Finalist. The photo speaks. Good luck!!! #5828211

Ron Roberts April 23, 2008


Datha Y. Thompson April 23, 2008

Congratulations Again Nikki!!!! WTG You so deserve it my friend :0) #5829888

Marisol Pastor July 06, 2008

Fantastic color, composition, theme and ambience. #6145673

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