The Marble Hall - Ludwigsburg, Germany (HDR)

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The story of this photo:
This is the marble hall (Marmorsaal) in the Ludwigsburg Palace in Germany. Ludwigsburg Palace is one of the biggest baroque palaces in Germany. In this hall, the king received his visitors.


Take a look at my "HDR Cookbook"! It contains some more information on my techniques.

Success story:
> It is/was also featured in the The Top30 HDR Images in March 2011 on
> This shot is ranked as the most interesting shot taken with a Nikon D7000 (last check: June 1st 2011)

How it was shot:
> Handheld [details]
> Three exposures (0, -2, +2 ev) autobracketed and merged to get and HDR
> Camera: Nikon D7000
> Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3,5 EX DC HSM
> Details can be found here

How it was tonemapped:
> Preparation: developed the raw files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]
> Resulting TIF images were then used as input to Photomatix
> Tone-mapping: Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer)

How it was post-processed:
> Post-processing was done in Photoshop
> Slight perspective correction and cropping
> Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details [details]
> Topaz Denoise on the entire image [details]
> Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
> Saturation layer on the white marble walls (desaturation)
> Saturation layer on the ceiling (master)
> Saturation layer on the chandeliers (yellows)
> Global saturation layer (master)
> Global levels layer (more contrast)
> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
> Watermarking
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  1. foje64 35 months ago | reply

    Perfection in all aspects!

  2. Glorvindel 35 months ago | reply


  3. Allaninva2008 35 months ago | reply

    Amazing work and thanks for publishing HDR Cookbook

  4. Sandmania 34 months ago | reply

    This is too good!

  5. Hemant Shukla 34 months ago | reply

    Amazing processing work thanks for explaining.

  6. JA|Foto 34 months ago | reply

    Fantastic HDR! Absolutely brilliant!

  7. Laura Bellamy Johnson 32 months ago | reply

    I want that room. Seriously. ;-)

  8. © Rizwan Mithawala 31 months ago | reply

    absolutely fantastic control over exposure..beautiful perspective

  9. Jjbchic 30 months ago | reply

    Simply EXCELLENT!

  10. Ronin237 27 months ago | reply

    Exquiste work.....

  11. Caz 71♥ (On and Off) 25 months ago | reply

    Hi, im an Admin for `Howards Gallery` and would be very honoured if you would consider posting your stunning photo into the Gallery.
    This Gallery is so different than anything flickr has done before, as it is an easy place to belong to and participate, yet you have to have exemplary work to be invited here, and it is my opinion that this wonderful piece here belongs with us ……. I hope you will post this picture of yours with pride into the Gallery..…and we look forward to seeing more of your talent in the future......Kind regards..Caz (A)

  12. Mary590 24 months ago | reply

    Superba ..

  13. francesco scalera 20 months ago | reply

    looks like a 3d rendering incredible colors

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