Württemberg Mausoleum - Stuttgart, Germany (HDR Vertorama)

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The story of this photo:

This is a Mausoleum built on the Württemberg mountain. It was commissioned by William II of Württemberg for his wife Katharina. The interesting thing is that the King had Wirtemberg Castle removed in 1819 from that very place in order to build this Mausoleum. Obviously he loved his Queen very much.


On a technical note: This is my first vertorama upload that was created from 4 individually stitched vertoramas (one for each EV and an additional one with -4EV created with Adobe Camera RAW). Stitching the 32-bit files in Photoshop led to a massive loss of details again. Stitching the tone-mapped images resulted in very uneven lighting and color. Therefore, I had to do things differently here.




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How it was shot:

> Taken handheld (Read more about the technique!)

> 4x3 autobracketed shots (three exposures each, with 0, -2, +2 ev)

> Camera: Nikon D7000

> Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3,5 EX DC HSM

> Details can be found here


How it was stitched and tonemapped:

> Converted the RAWs to TIFFs using Adobe Camera RAW with the Five TIFFs method

> Stitched one vertorama for each EV in Photoshop

> Aligned and cropped the vertoramas in Photoshop

> Merged and tone-mapped the resulting vertoramas using Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer)

> Saved the images as 16bit TIFFs


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 (more aggressively on some parts) [details]

> Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening

> Corrected some uneven lighting and colors in the dome using a saturation and a levels layer masked accordingly

> Saturation layer on the white walls (slight desaturation)

> Saturation layer on the floor (master)

> Levels layer on the floor (more contrast)

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]

> Watermarking



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Taken on April 24, 2011