Lichtenstein Castle – Honau, Germany (HDR)

The story of this photo

Lichtenstein Castle is one of the many romantic castels on the Swabian Alb, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. If you ever happen to be here, go and visit this part of Germany. It is really beautiful with a lot of historic castels in it.

This is one of the older shots that I am processing bit by bit now. In the next few weeks, you will probably see a wild mix of newly shot and old images. I hope you find them enterteining nevertheless.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about this place:
Lichtenstein Castle is a fairy-tale styled castle located near Honau in the Swabian Alb, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. Its self-descriptive name in English means “light (colored) stone.” Historically there has been a castle on the site since around 1200. It was twice destroyed, once in the Reichskriegs war of 1311 and again by the city-state of Reutlingen in 1381. The castle was not reconstructed and subsequently fell to ruin. In 1802 the land came into the hands of King Frederick I of Wuerttemberg, who built a hunting lodge there. By 1837 the land had passed to his nephew Duke Wilhelm of Urach, Count of Wuerttemberg, who, inspired by Wilhelm Hauff’s novel Lichtenstein, added the current castle in 1840 – 1842. The romantic Neo-Gothic design of the castle was created by the architect Carl Alexander Heideloff. [Wikipedia, May 2010]

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • HDR created from JPEG files (wasn’t shooting raw at that time)
  • 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]
  • Topaz Denoise [details]
  • Levels layer with a gradient mask on the castel to compensate uneven lighting produced by Photomatix
  • Saturation and levels layers on the castel to tune the colors, contrast and brightness
  • Saturation and levels layers on the sky to desaturate it a bit and to tune the contrast
  • Saturation layer on the flora to tone down the greens and yellow a bit
  • Global saturation and levels layers to fine-tune the overall colors, contrast and brightness
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]

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1 year 4 months ago

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