The Green Room – Bebenhausen Palace, Germany (HDR)

The story of this photo

View the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!

View the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!

This is another shot from the Palace Bebenhausen.

In the last two weeks, I have been spending more time getting to terms with my new accounts on Facebook and Google+ than with making images. These things really grab your attention! This weekend, I am back to editing photos. I have to optimize the management of my time budget. 🙂


How it was shot

Watch the Making of... video to see where this photo comes from

Watch the Making of… video to see where this photo comes from

How it was tonemapped

  • Preparation: developed the raw files with ACR mainly in order to reduce the CA [details]
  • Created two additional exposures in ACR (+4EV and -4EV) to preserve highlights and shadows [details]
  • Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise) to each of the source images [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
  • Topaz Infocus on the entire image for sharpening
  • Global saturation layer (master)
  • Global levels layer (contrast – masked to preserve highlights)
  • Saturation layer on the ceiling (slight desaturation)
  • Levels layer on the ceiling (more contrast)
  • Saturation layer on the wooden walls (toned down the master)
  • Levels layer on the wooden walls (more contrast)
  • Photo filter on the floor (green)
  • Saturation layer on the chandeliers (master)
  • Vignette effect using a masked fill layer [details]
  • Watermarking [details]
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