Chateau de Blois Courtyard Loire France
The Royal Château de Blois is located in the Loir-et-Cher département in the Loire Valley, in France. The residence of several French kings, it is also the place where Joan of Arc went in 1429 to be blessed by the Archbishop of Reims before departing with her army to drive the English from Orléans.
Built in the middle of the town that it effectively controlled, the château of Blois comprises several buildings constructed from the 13th to the 17th century around the main courtyard shown in this view.
Tripods are not permitted and all cases, bags and backpacks have to be checked into a locker.
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.
Outputted in Photomatix to detail enhancer. Click the Camera name top right for the Exif information and details of the settings used.
General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance. Layer masks were used to exclude highlight areas.
Saturation Adjustment Layer, Master slight decrease
Vibrance increased .
The -2 EV picture was copied in and excluded with a layer mask. A brush at low opacity was used to bring it back in to tone down highlight areas in the clouds.
Perspective editing in Photoshop using Filter-Lens Correction- Custom-Perspective Vertical and then the scale slider to crop.
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