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