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May 12, 2008
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May 1, 2008, 3:36:47 PM
Schloss Favorite by kuschelirmel Schloss Favorite by kuschelirmel
Schloss Favorite near Rastatt, South Germany, May 2008.

This picture has been post processed heavily - anyone who thinks that you can create these kinds of colours with any camera in the world should think again. This was shot with a point-and-shoot camera (Nikon Coolpix 7600) and then brought into Photoshop. The post-processing took quite a while even though I am not a n00b in PS and I did know where I was heading. Iin my opinion, post-processing is an art in itself: it takes patience and skill and to achieve a result that is satisfying you need to keep at it and fiddle with your options. But I could definitely puke when I see what some folks pass as "straight from the camera". Or have you ever seen a sky do this kind of colour flip?!
Note that I'm not talking about oversaturated colours by themselves - those can be achieved in camera usng a special setting. I am talking about the sky going from yellow to blue like this.

What was done to this picture included setting the horizon straight, cropping the image so the castle was in the middle and removing half a dozen people in the distance and a car to the right. Then I used colour gradients to set the mood as well as some adjustment layers (curves, levels). The before and after comparison can be found here.

:pointr: if you want to know more about post-processing images I strongly suggest you visit my stock account *kuschelirmel-stock - you can find a Digital Darkroom Tutorial there as well as other tutorials that might come in handy for photographers, manipulators and maybe even painters.
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Astrikos Oct 13, 2012   General Artist
I love the frame!
The composition is really lovely too. Nicely done! Great depth and clarity too. :heart:
kuschelirmel Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thanks!
Astrikos Oct 14, 2012   General Artist
Was this in Schloss San Souci? My mom is German, and she took me there when we went to visit and I completely fell in love with the whole park! I would love to go there again someday soon. But this looks like a very similar style to the buildings at San Souci...Please let me know. It's so hard to find beautiful representations of San Souci.
kuschelirmel Oct 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is Schloss Favorite near Rastatt, South Germany -- that's pretty much on the other side of Germany from Sanssouci. It was built around the same time though (a wee bit earlier than Sanssouci) and thus in the same style (Roccoco). Schloss Favorite was only a hunting palace used for a few weeks per year and thus is much smaller than Sanssouci.

links to wikipedia: Sanssouci, Favorite
wow, thanks! Next time I visit, I'll make sure to put that on my list to see!
CindysArt May 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!!!!! I love this one!!! What a wonderful place and the!! :clap:
kuschelirmel May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thank you!
CindysArt May 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:glomp: My pleasure
oh, and after all that, I forgot to say how awesome this turned out! :) i really love how you brought out the colour in the building and sky....
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