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Usse Chateau Approach Loire HDR | by Edwinjones
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Usse Chateau Approach Loire HDR

The Shot


The Chateau at Usse is a few miles from the Loire and west of Tours. This Chateau was the location for the Sleeping Beauty Story and the original from which the Disney Castle was designed.


Four of us were cycling towards it. I took the picture while cycling with the SLR hung round my neck and one hand on the handlebars. The resulting slanting horizon was corrected using an angled crop in Photoshop.


The camera used was a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 Wide Angle Zoom at 13mm. The image was opened in Camera Raw and 2 additional images were created at =2EV and -2Ev for a “false HDR”. The 3 raw images were opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.




Outputted in Photomatix to detail enhancer. Click the Camera name top right for the Exif information and details of the settings used.



It was a dark cloudy day so I selected and copied a sunny sky from another picture, pasted it to this one as a new layer. Then the move tool was used to bring the new sky into the right position. The boundary was tidied up using a layer mask and brush.


General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance.


Brightness Contrast adjustment layer used with layer mask to increase the brightness of the Chateau.


Saturation Adjustment Layer, yellows used to tone down the brightness of the Yellow jacket of the Cyclist on the right.


Vibrance increased


Noiseware Pro


Unsharp Mask a little sharpening low radius and higher amount.


Duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening to the road only with low amount and high radius.


Edit-convert to profile- sRGB used to change the color profile to web friendly to retain saturation of colours on uploading to web




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Taken on June 20, 2011