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.
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