Prussian Summer Residence (HDR)

Prussian Summer Residence (HDR)

The story of this photo

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Charlottenburg Palace (German: Schloss Charlottenburg) is the largest palace in Berlin. It was commissioned by Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Friedrich III, Elector of Brandenburg in 1696 as a summer residence. In the beginning, it was much smaller. Over the years, it was extended into a palace.

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How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • Preparation: developed the raw files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]
  • 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 [details]
  • Topaz Denoise (more aggressively on the sky) [details]
  • Levels layer on the sky (brightening)
  • Fixed uneven luminance in the sky [details]
  • Saturation layer on the sky (master, hue)
  • Saturation layer on the clouds (slight desaturation)
  • Saturation layer on the palace (yellows)
  • Photo filter layer on the palace (orange)
  • Curves layer on the water (contrast, enhancing reflections)
  • Saturation layer on the water (master)
  • Saturation layer on the palace reflections (yellows)
  • Photo filter layer on the palace reflections (orange)
  • Retouch (removing the blue tube in the fountain)
  • Levels layer on the greens (brightening)
  • Saturation layer on the greens (yellows)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer (more intense on the lower half) [details]
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
  • Watermarking
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