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.




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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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Taken on March 6, 2011