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The Cloud - Castle Hohenneuffen, Germany (HDR) | by farbspiel
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The Cloud - Castle Hohenneuffen, Germany (HDR)

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The story of this photo:

This is a shot of the Hohenneuffen Castle, one of the many ancient castles on the Swabian Alb (Schwäbische Alb), Baden-Württemberg, Germany. This is the same place as in this shot. It was a beautiful day in July, and I was fascinated by the dialog between the clouds and the tree on the left.


I just needed a little break from processing the honeymoon photos. ;-) So I am posting this one from my home location.




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How it was shot:

> Taken handheld [details]

> Camera: Nikon D90

> Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3,5 EX DC HSM

> Details can be found here


How it was tonemapped:

> HDR creation and tonemapping using Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)

> Saved as 16bit TIF


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]

> Topaz Denoise [details]

> Saturation layer on the sky (master)

> Curves layer on the sky

> 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 around the poles [details]

> Saturation layer on some parts of the castle to tone down the yellows

> Saturation layer on the castle (master)

> Levels layer on the castle to increase the contrast

> Saturation layer on the valley (yellows)

> Saturation layer on the green in the foreground (toned down the yellows)

> Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]



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Taken on July 18, 2010