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Castle the First

This is the Oberburg in Manderscheid, Germany. It is the older of two castles that are within arrow range of each other. The castle belonged to the Bishop of Trier. The first mention of it dates back to around 1145. This castle served as border fortifications. The bishop's territory was bounded by a small stream that runs through the valley below this tower. The other castle, which I will show you later, is on the other side of the stream and belonged to the Count of Mandersheid. I will tell you more about that castle when I post the picture.

Editing Notes
Perspective correction, USM, multiplicative layer with the same image (lightened shadows, increased midrange contrast to get good sky. Added Gaussian blur to soften harsh highlights and reduce noise amplification, set to 79% opacity.) Adjustment layers: levels to brighten the image, gradient map to convert to b/w, warming filter, contrast.

Note that an excellent and closely related recipe for generating dramatic skies was posted recently by Max Black (link). My recipe incorporates significant portions of his approach.
 

Castle the First

This is the Oberburg in Manderscheid, Germany. It is the older of two castles that are within arrow range of each other. The castle belonged to the Bishop of Trier. The first mention of it dates back to around 1145. This castle served as border fortifications. The bishop's territory was bounded by a small stream that runs through the valley below this tower. The other castle, which I will show you later, is on the other side of the stream and belonged to the Count of Mandersheid. I will tell you more about that castle when I post the picture.

Editing Notes
Perspective correction, USM, multiplicative layer with the same image (lightened shadows, increased midrange contrast to get good sky. Added Gaussian blur to soften harsh highlights and reduce noise amplification, set to 79% opacity.) Adjustment layers: levels to brighten the image, gradient map to convert to b/w, warming filter, contrast.

Note that an excellent and closely related recipe for generating dramatic skies was posted recently by Max Black (link). My recipe incorporates significant portions of his approach.
 

comments (17)

Great texture and tones Martin. That sky is nice!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 22 Jul 2007, 06:53
It just keeps getting better and better, Martin...all the PSing. smile

And what an interesting castle/tower! I guess that's all you need. smile
  • Dudee
  • Purwokerto-Indonesia
  • 22 Jul 2007, 08:20
Woow, the historycal place, so dramatic, nicely done smile
Very interesting building - really like the different textures in this shot.
  • blackdog
  • In Bath on dial up
  • 22 Jul 2007, 10:36
All about the light - don't think this could be any better, good sky and a great range of tones. Will have a look at the MB link. Thanks Mike
So forbidding and imposing! Wonderful composition and tones.
Excellent composition and yet another fantastic brooding sky. All the best, Dave
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 22 Jul 2007, 15:30
great apocalyptic feel to this shot. nice recipe as well. the only thing missing is the gaspoint and minutes.
Well your approach has certainly paid off with that sky, a strong image of this mighty ediface.
  • Kay
  • .
  • 22 Jul 2007, 18:49
I love this B&W shot...high contrast is wonderful. As Chad said, all of your pp work paid off big time, Martin!
Dramatic! I like very much. (:o)
Fabulous processing! Great image. When it came up I thought I'm going to have to ask you how you did that and there is is right in front of me. Thank-you, I need so much to learn these techniques!
Meant to ask, what is USM?
  • polarbear
  • Whitehorse, Yukon
  • 23 Jul 2007, 04:44
Nice shot and good pp work smile
Very dramatic atmosphere - Thumbs up !
Fantastic processing resulting in a really striking and dramatic image.
Superb shot & great PP!

Jose: USM is 'unsharp Mask' tool in CS2

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