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Castle the Second

This is the Niederburg in Manderscheid, Germany. It was first mentioned in written documents around 1133. Its main claim to fame is that the otherwise generally victorious Bishop of Trier, Balduin, besieged it from 1346 to 1348 without success. In the end he was unable to annex the lands controlled by the Count of Manderscheid, the owner of this castle and the surrounding lands, and had to make do with the Oberburg you saw a few days ago. The burg was inhabited until the mid 19th century, after which time it became a historical site.

Editing notes:
Perspective correction and straightening, two unsharp mask layers (darken @ 100%, lighten @ 39% to reduce halos, 50%, 3 pixel radius, threshold 3 levels for both of them. I really should have used a smaller radius on the lighten layer, but I was in a rush.), multiplicative layer with just the sky (1.8 pixel Gaussian blur to reduce noise amplification), levels and saturation to taste.

Castle the Second

This is the Niederburg in Manderscheid, Germany. It was first mentioned in written documents around 1133. Its main claim to fame is that the otherwise generally victorious Bishop of Trier, Balduin, besieged it from 1346 to 1348 without success. In the end he was unable to annex the lands controlled by the Count of Manderscheid, the owner of this castle and the surrounding lands, and had to make do with the Oberburg you saw a few days ago. The burg was inhabited until the mid 19th century, after which time it became a historical site.

Editing notes:
Perspective correction and straightening, two unsharp mask layers (darken @ 100%, lighten @ 39% to reduce halos, 50%, 3 pixel radius, threshold 3 levels for both of them. I really should have used a smaller radius on the lighten layer, but I was in a rush.), multiplicative layer with just the sky (1.8 pixel Gaussian blur to reduce noise amplification), levels and saturation to taste.

comments (16)

impressive castle and thanks for sharing the history. love the clouds and the blue of the sky.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 26 Jul 2007, 03:46
You KNOW I love this stuff, Martin...both the capture and the processing. I'm eating it up!
Nice Martin. The site is beautiful and the way you've catched it really fine !
le sommet d'une ascencion est toujours un beau moment. mais quand il y a en plus un tel cadeau!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Jul 2007, 10:43
The quest of straightening. The burg tower has 2 wall sides and one looks straight and the other skewed. If you fix the one, the other goes awry. Had that situation myself and it seems that one has to go for the lesser of 2 evils. Since you were shooting bottom up, you have to pull the top forwards and the straighten. You will loose some foreground, maybe too much. That is the dilemma.

The lesser of the two evils in my estimate is rather straighten the side closest to the border (it also has the flag pole that accentuate straight or skew).

The burg colours against the sky is in excellent contrast.
Martin: Thanks for the comment, Louis! It seems to me that the vertical closest to the center of the shot should be straight rather than the one on the side. A straight line that is slanting away from you still looks straight when faced straight on, but it will point in towards the center of the shot if it is placed off to the side. The verticals in this shot are doing just that. I missing something?
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 26 Jul 2007, 11:41
very dramatic, very well done...
Another great photograph of a powerful monument. I like the sky but wish that aircraft trail was not there - but then, perhaps it could be an analogy for the trail of a modern-day arrow.
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 26 Jul 2007, 14:16
Hi Martin. I cannot be bothered with technical commentary on this, just to say Great photo. Many regards, Neil.
  • Max Black
  • rain stopped play...again
  • 26 Jul 2007, 14:38
More intresting Pp stuff, are you talking jpegs or raw??? Not used them myself but anything is worth a fiddle. I use a copy layer edit>distort with a loaded grid pattern for all my architecture and then a keystone correction using the underneath layer as a guide with the top layer at 50% , picture and PP notes, you got an editorial team backing you up now????
"levels and saturation to taste"
Sounds like a recipe. smile

It is amazing, to me, that structures as old as this one are still standing. Your perspective, and that grand sky, perfectly complement the castle.
This is on point. On first look, I thought they were 2 really huge tree stumps, with raised roots. The treatment you've given it is superb.
nice sky
Must have a go at your recipe - I am impressed with the sky, but only have ps7 so cannot use the exotic filters I see at work in others pics. Nice shot too - good low angle. Mike
Another fantastic sky! All the best, Dave
Very dramatic atmosphere here !
  • om
  • 28 Jul 2007, 09:05
nice spot, good photo and process.

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