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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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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   General Artist
I love the frame!
The composition is really lovely too. Nicely done! Great depth and clarity too. :heart:
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thanks!
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012   General Artist
:heart:
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CaraIsil Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
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.
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner 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
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CaraIsil Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
wow, thanks! Next time I visit, I'll make sure to put that on my list to see!
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CindysArt Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!!!!! I love this one!!! What a wonderful place and the colour.............wow........beautiful!! :clap:
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thank you!
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CindysArt Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:glomp: My pleasure
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vcrimson Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
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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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:blowkiss:
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vcrimson Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
i agree...post processing really is an art...one that is often overlooked...every once in a great while i'll get a photo straight out of the camera that i like without making any adjustments....but they are definitely rare and far between....it takes a lot of work to really bring a photo to it's full realization...there is always potential, but it takes work to take it from potential to reality!
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: especially when you're on a point-and-shoot the way I am you gotta take what you can get. of course no amount of postprocessing can fix a shitty pic, but it definitely can help make something that is merely good gorgeous :love:
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impurfektion Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
It is a really gorgeous photo but when you go back and see what the original looked like ... holy friggin' cow! My jaw hit the keyboard. Absolutely astonishing. So much work went into making a truly fabulous shot. My hat is off to you! :worship:
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thank you muchly!
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:iconimpurfektion:
impurfektion Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
:glomp: You're welcome. :blowkiss:
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caddman Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Professional General Artist
...marvelous comp and work ...:rose:
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :heart:
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Zaichick Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks awesome! I love the colors especially the yellowish of the building with the green of the grass and trees. lovely work!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thank you!
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:iconcogwurx:
cogwurx Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Well done. It's like a fairy tale.
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :aww:
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erikakochanski Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional Writer
This turned out so pretty! So majestic a scene! :heart:
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:blowkiss:
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:iconmoex:
moex Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
Wow! Sehr schöne Perspektive, ich bin beeindruckt!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
die architektur dieser schlösser macht's einem einfach ;)
dankeschön :hug:
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Masterwow Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks
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cocacolagirlie Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sehr schön...liebe wie du das gemacht hasst sieht echt klasse aus. :clap::clap:
Letztes jahr war ich auch da, habe sogar ein bild im stock drin [link]
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*squeel* :w00t:
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ludicrousity Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
Great shot!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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likwidoxigen Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
Heh, so true. Even with all of those "in camera" techniques they can't get the richness that is afforded in quality post processing like you do.
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I do love how... vertical this is... how much there is for the eye to scan down... so much intense colour and gorgeous details to take in :nod:

The blue of the sky and the green of the grass... are just perfect :)
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thank you muchly!
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You are always most welcome :hug:
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hellfirediva Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Professional Photographer
Du wirst jetzt sehr ueberrascht sein wenn ich dir sage das solchen satten Farben aus manchen Kameras rauskommen. Bei meiner D200 zB kann ich die Farben auf "saturated "umstellen aber ich bin kein Fan von diesem feature . Ich finde du hast tolle Arbeit geleisted mit deiner Nacharbeit , es sieht nicht allsy unrealistisch aus , gut gemacht !
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
klar kannst du auf saturated umstellen, das geht sogar mit meiner kamera, aber der himmel hier ist gelb am schloss und tiefblau oben: himmel tun sowas nicht egal wie man die saturation aufdreht - ist wie in CSI:Miami ;)
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meluseena Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
it looks surreal.. which is what it is really. I love the hue of the building best, and the staggering symmetry. Lovely.
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the architects of that time really had a way of making you feel small when walking around the premises - even though this is a comparatively small castle as it was only meant to be a summer residence for a few weeks a year.
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SilentPlea Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Digital Artist
it looks like a painting. beautiful =D
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :aww:
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:iconroyaa:
Royaa Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
indeed, it's really great.
if only some of my vacation photos could turn out to be like this one..
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: thank you!
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osodelpan Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful! i love how looks the sky in contrast with the building, great shot!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :aww:
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