The Cloud – Castle Hohenneuffen, Germany (HDR)

The story of this photo

This is a shot of the Hohenneuffen Castle, one of the many ancient castles on the Swabian Alb (Schwaebische Alb), Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. This is the same place as in this shot. It was a beautiful day in July, and I was fascinated by the dialog between the clouds and the tree on the left.

I just needed a little break from processing the honeymoon photos. 😉 So I am posting this one from my home location.

How it was shot

How it was tonemapped

  • HDR creation and 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)
  • Curves layer on the sky
  • Halo reduction in the sky using a levels adjustment layer (gamma ~ 0.8) and delicate masking to blend this darker layer into those halo spots around the poles [details]
  • Saturation layer on some parts of the castle to tone down the yellows
  • Saturation layer on the castle (master)
  • Levels layer on the castle to increase the contrast
  • Saturation layer on the valley (yellows)
  • Saturation layer on the green in the foreground (toned down the yellows)
  • Sharpening using the high-pass filter [details]
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