Ancient Torture – Come in and find out! (HDR)

Ancient Torture (HDR)

The story of this photo

I took this shot last year in Castle Hohenzollern, one of many ancient castles in the Swabian Alb (Schwäbische Alb, Germany) in the South of Germany. I got my first DSLR (still my current one) about one week before that trip. So I did not really know how to operate it at that time. Consequently, a lot of the shots are not really good both in terms of composition and camera settings. However, there are some random gems that I am gradually discovering as I go through these “ancient” shots. This is one of them.

Gosh! This was less than 15 months ago. It feels like I have come a long way since then.

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)
  • HDR made from three JPEG images

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 and levels layers on the atrium (brightening to get more contrast between foreground and background)
  • Saturation and levels layers on the chains left and right of the doors (brightening, red tones)
  • Saturation layer on the entire image (color tuning, master)
  • Levels layer on the entire image (brightening, increased contrast)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Selective sharpening using the high-pass filter (pillars, doors, archways, chains) [details]
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