Castle of Loenen
Castle in Loenen, in Holland. A nice house surrounded by water, handy in case of an attack by the enemy.
TECH-INFO: shot 7 exposures, using a tripod and cable release. Merged them into HDR with Photomatix, performed perspective correction in Photoshop, then tone-mapped it in Photomatix. In Photoshop I used a bunch of masked adjustment layers to enhance contrasts, colors and lighting, though the result of Photomatix was looking already very good.
To make it a bit more interesting I downloaded a couple of textures from the sites CGTextures and Mayang.com. The are free to use them in your images (but read the the full details on the website). I mixed in the clouds two textures of rusty and damaged metal plates. I like the effect but it also looks very good without. You see the usage of textures more and more on sites. Some of them are very beautiful but it's hard to do it right. So I decided to try it more often, just hoping to learn it.
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