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
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.