Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland (HDR)

The story of this photo

This is another shot from my Edinburgh trip. The castle is the most visible feature in the “skyline” of Edinburgh. It is sitting atop the volcanic “Castle Rock”. This place was the centre of many historic events for the last 800 years. Unfortunately, my time was rather limited, so I did not get to go inside the castle. There is a very nice park at the foot of the Castle Rock. The green of this park actually dominates this shot but I like the complete skyline of the castle that comes out nicely from this spot. It also shows how that castle dominates Edinburgh.

This photo is featured on the cover of the book ‘Belief in Ourselves’ by Neil M. Gunn (published by Whittles Publishing). This is a book that you should really have in your bookshelf! 🙂

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)
  • Saved as 16bit TIF

How it was post-processed

  • Post-processing was done in Photoshop
  • Perspective correction and cropping
  • Topaz Adjust on the foreground (everything except the sky) to enhance the details and the colors [details]
  • Topaz Adjust on the sky with more extreme settings to enhance the dramatic look
  • Topaz Denoise in the foreground and the sky with different settings [details]
  • Saturation layer on the sky
  • Curves layer on the foreground to enhance the contrast and brightness
  • Curves and saturation layers on the castle to tune the colors and contrast
  • Photo filter layer (warming) on the castle to bring back the warm tones lost in the other color corrections
  • Global levels and saturation layers for fine-tuning colors and contrast
  • Vignette effect added on a separate layer [details]
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
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