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The Blue Room - Bebenhausen Palace, Germany (HDR)

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The story of this photo:

In the last two weeks, I was a bit slow in following your streams and commenting. As a matter of fact, I did not have a lot of time to do any photo editing and uploading. I am trying to be more active now. I hope you are all doing great, and that you had a nice and relaxing Easter break. Did you get to do some shooting? I hope so! Well I actually did. I was visiting some places with my family. One was the Abbey and Palace at Bebenhausen. I got quite a few nice shots there, and this is the first upload.


Bebenhausen Palace was originally built in the 12th century as a Cistercian monastery. Later, in the 16th century it was partially re-built and used as a hunting palace by the kings of Württemberg. Even until the mid 20th century it was still used as a parliament building by the government. Unlike many palaces of that time, its style is not very pompous but more oriented towards the upper-class living standards at that time with mainly wooden interiors.




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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]

> Created two additional exposures in ACR (+4EV and -4EV) to preserve highlights and shadows [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

> Topaz Adjust on the entire image to get back the colors and the details [details]

> Topaz Denoise on the entire image (more aggressively in the shadow areas) [details]

> Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening

> Saturation layer on the blue ceiling and walls (master)

> Saturation layer on the wooden parts (reds, yellows)

> Global saturation layer (master)

> Global levels layer (more contrast, brightness)

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]

> Watermarking



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Taken on April 23, 2011