A Room with a View – Bebenhausen Abbey, Germany (HDR)

A Room with a View (HDR)

The story of this photo

View the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!

View the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!

Until a few days ago, I guess I was the last human being that had no Facebook account. But now I have been assimilated. Resistance was futile. My mental distinctiveness was added to that of Facebook. From this time forward, I will service the collective… or something like that. I will have to look that up again in the Facebook TOS 😉

If you go to my farbspiel – photography page, you will get updates whenever something happens in my little universe. That is, whenever I upload a photo to flickr, publish a new recipe in my HDR Cookbook, post a video on my YouTube site, go to the toilet, have to sneeze, or do anything equally important, you will be the first to know, maybe even before I know it. That is, of course, if you happen to like the page enough to ‘Like’ it. I just wonder, is there actually a difference between liking and ‘Liking’ something? I guess I will find out, right?

Whatever you do, enjoy yourself! I hope, I’ll see you on Facebook.

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • Preparation: developed the raw files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]
  • Created two additional exposures in ACR (+4EV and -4EV) to preserve highlights and shadows [details]
  • Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise) to each of the source images
  • Resulting TIF images were then used as input to Photomatix
  • Tone-mapping: Photomatix Pro 4.0 (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
  • Topaz Denoise on the entire image [details]
  • Curves layer on the floor (more contrast)
  • Photo filter layer (blue) on the blue parts of the floor to get back some of the color
  • Saturation layer on the red parts of the floor (reds)
  • Curves layer on the walls (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the walls (yellows)
  • Saturation layer on the ornaments on the ceiling (desaturation)
  • Levels layer on the outside (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the outside (master)
  • Global saturation layer (master)
  • Global levels layer (more contrast, brightness)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
  • Watermarking [details]
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2 replies
  1. José Parcerisa Vilatarsana
    José Parcerisa Vilatarsana says:

    Klaus, in the process of this great image you have applied the noise reduction twice, once before the tone mapping and the second one during the post process. Some times I get lost when is the best moment to reduce noise and also get lost when to sharpen and how, With Topaz adjust, Topaz detail or high pass.
    Sorry for my bad english and to disturb you.
    Your friend José.


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