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Usse Chateau Guardroom Loire Valley HDR | by Edwinjones
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Usse Chateau Guardroom Loire Valley HDR

The Shot

 

This is in the Chateau at Usse a few miles from the Loire and west of Tours. Because of its combination of beauty and fortress like appearance, it is believed that Perrault wrote his famous story, “Sleeping Beauty,” based on Usse.

 

The castle played another part in history when it stood as a model for the design of Disney’s famous Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World. Designers used this and other castles of the Loire Valley.

 

The room in the picture is the Guard Room. The ceiling was painted in imitation marble using an Italian technique called tromp l’oeil. This was done during renovations in the 17th Century.

 

Taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 Wide Angle Zoom at 10mm. Taken hand held with auto bracketing for HDR. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

 

Photomatix

 

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

 

Photoshop

 

The -2EV original image was copied and pasted as a new layer with a black layer mask. A brush was then used at different opacities to show the layer over the window and to tone down highlights.

 

General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance.

 

Saturation Adjustment Layer, yellows and reds used to tone down saturation in the ceiling for a more natural look.

 

Vibrance reduced slightly

 

Perspective editing in Photoshop to straighten converging verticals in the walls using Filter-Lens Correction- Custom-Perspective Vertical and then the scale slider to crop.

 

Noiseware Pro

 

Unsharp Mask

 

Resources

 

For Licensing and more pictures see Edwin Jones Photography

 

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Taken on June 20, 2011