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Sepulchral Chapel on Württemberg Mountain - Stuttgart, Germany (HDR) | by farbspiel
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Sepulchral Chapel on Württemberg Mountain - Stuttgart, Germany (HDR)

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The story of this photo:

The Sepulchral Chapel on Württemberg Mountain (Grabkapelle Württemberg) was built between 1820 and 1824. King Wilhelm I. of Württemberg and his family is buried there. This is a popular place to visit for recreation. It lies on top of a little mountain that allows a view over the Stuttgart and the surrounding vineyards. If you ever come to this region, this is worth a visit, especially in the evening hours.


My Sigma 10-20mm came in handy for this shot as I had very little space. I was just inches away from the telescope and could still fit it into the frame.


Take a look at my "HDR Cookbook"! It contains some more information on my techniques.


How it was shot:

> Taken with a tripod

> Nine exposures (+4 to -4 ev in 1 ev steps) (semi-)autobracketed

> Camera: Nikon D90

> 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]

> Photomatix version 3.1 (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]

> Photo filter adjustment layer (warming filter) on the ground to tone down the blue tones

> Saturation adjustment layer on the building to tone down the reds and enhance the rest

> Photo filter adjustment layer (cooling filter) on the sky to enhance the blue tones

> Topaz Denoise on the sky and the rest separately (more aggressively on the sky) [details]

> Topaz Denoise on the telescope (very aggressively) to reduce the dirt and fingerprints [details]

> Curves adjustment layer on the telescope to enhance the metallic shine a bit

> Halo reduction in the sky using a levels adjustment layer (gamma ~ 0.8) and delicate masking to blend this darker layer into those halo spots [details]

> Global saturation adjustment layer to fine-tune the tones globally

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]



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Taken on May 23, 2010