Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 03/18/2012


Photo taken on June 16, 2011




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Chateau de Cheverny
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Chateau de Cheverny Loire

Chateau de Cheverny Loire
The Shot

This shot was taken last June which I got round to processing.

Built between 1624 and 1640, Château de Cheverny was built in the purest Louis XIII classical style of distinguished symmetrical architecture.

The current owners, the Hurault family, have owned Cheverny for more than six centuries. It is renowned as the most lavishly furnished of all the Loire Chateau.

This was the first Chateau visited during a Bicycle Tour of the Loire Valley. Staying nearby I was able to get there before crowds filled the view. This picture was taken handheld.

Taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 Wide Angle Zoom at 10mm. Taken with auto bracketing for HDR. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatix to detail enhancer. Click the Camera name top right for Exif details and the settings used.

Photoshop

General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance.

Brightness increased with a mask to apply only to the building.

Vibrance layer increase 70 points

There was a distinct blue cast on the originals and the tonemapped image which failed to shift with saturation adjustments and colour balance. To solve this I saved as a Tiff and then opened in Camera Raw. This can be done by using “Open As” in Photoshop and choosing Camera Raw from the file type dropdown . The colour temperature was then increased to suit.

Extra detail was added with Topaz Adjust with my own settings to suit the picture. A layer mask was used at 70% to mainly exclude the sky.

Clone tool used for some tidy up.

Noiseware Pro

Duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast

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