Baroque Oval – Ludwigsburg Palace, Germany (HDR Vertorama)

Baroque Oval (HDR Vertorama)

The story of this photo

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For the first time in a long time, I have managed to upload two images on one weekend. Yippie! This is another shot from Ludwigsburg Palace. This time a vertorama from the entrance area that highlights the beautiful baroque style of the sculptures and paintings.


How it was shot

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How it was stitched and tonemapped

  • Created 5 tone-mapped images directly from the RAW files using Photomatix Pro 4.0 (Detail Enhancer)
  • Created two additional exposures in ACR (+4EV and -4EV) to preserve highlights and shadows [details]
  • Saved the images as 16bit TIFs
  • Stitched the 5 TIFs using Photoshop

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]
  • Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
  • Saturation layer on the figures on the wall (desaturation)
  • Photo filter layer (orange) on the ornaments above the arches
  • Saturation layer on the paintings on the ceiling (master)
  • Saturation layer on the golden parts in the ceiling (yellows)
  • Global saturation layer (master)
  • Global levels layer (more contrast)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
  • Watermarking [details]
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