Holocaust Memorial – Berlin, Germany (HDR)

The story of this photo

The Holocaust Memorial is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It consists of a 19,000 square meter (4.7 acre) site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs. They are 2.38m (7.8′) long, 0.95m (3′ 1.5″) wide and vary in height from 0.2 m to 4.8m (8″ to 15’9″).

This is a huge installation right besides the Barndenburg Gate. If you walk in between these concrete blocks, it’s a humbling feeling which is probably the intended effect.

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • Preparation: Developed the RAW files in ACR mainly for CA correction [details]
  • HDR creation with Photoshop
  • Tonemapping using Photomatix version 3.1 (Detail Enhancer)
  • Saved as 16bit TIF

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 layer on the sky (master)
  • Saturation layer on the stones (toned down the blues, increased yellows)
  • Levels layer on the stones (increased contrast)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
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