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The Fountain - Stuttgart, Germany (HDR) [Explored]

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Explored! Highest position #325 on July 24, 2010

 

The story of this photo:

This fountain was constructed and set up in 1863 at the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart, Germany to honor King Wilhelms I. of Württemberg. Apart from its appealing and majestic look, the most interesting aspect about it is its transport at that time. Instead of building it in a way such that it can be easily taken to its final site, several bridges and houses had to be torn down because the fountain was simply too big. In addition, a special railway car had to be built to transport it. At that time, honoring the king was really top priority!

 

The challenge with this HDR shot was the moving water spray. This clearly causes some problems with artifacts in the HDR creation process. In the end it did not turn out as bad as I thought. I had to do some retouching, though.

 

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

 

Success story:

My second Explored shot! Been there, done that! ;-) Thanks to everybody for the comments and faves. You are so generous to me. The second one feels even better than the first one as it proves that the first one was not a fluke. Thanks again!

 

How it was shot:

> Handheld

> Three exposures (0, -2, +2 ev) autobracketed and merged to get and HDR

> 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 (except for the sky) to get back the colors and the details [details]

> Topaz Denoise [details]

> Retouching: healing brush to remove HDR artifacts caused by the falling water

> Selective sharpening on parts of the fountain using the sharpening brush

> Saturation layer on the sky to enhance the blue tones

> Saturation layer and cyan photo filter layer on the water to tune the cyan tones

> Saturation layer on the fountain (yellows and reds) to enhance the glow

> Global saturation and levels layers to tune the colors and the brightness

> Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]

 

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Taken on July 19, 2010