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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Theaterplatz Dresden by dhfotos
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Theaterplatz Dresden

March 10th, 2010
A high dynamic range (HDR) panorama of the Dresdner Hofkirche, the Residenzschloss and the Zwinger. It's a part of a 360-panorama that took me twelve hours to create.

Canon EOS 50D, EF-S 17-85, Stitch (Hugin), HDR (Qtpfsgui), Finish (Adobe Lightroom).

51.053678, 13.736063

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Ferguson
about 4 years, 5 months ago
Wow, this picture is impressive. The building is so ornate...I'm downloading the maximum resolution of this one.

I'm seeing some noise in the photo in a number of areas though. Perhaps due to the HDR processing? Don't know what you could do to minimize it.

It's interesting to see more HDRs showing up on the Loupe and the main site.

Keep up the fabulous photography!
Posted By: ISO2112
about 4 years, 5 months ago
did you photoshop the clock on the clock tower? it just seems brighter then the rest of the picture.
Posted By: NateFox
about 4 years, 5 months ago
interesting shot. the dual monitor version is impressive
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 4 years, 5 months ago
Magnificent picture, but I have to question your choice in highlighting the clock and objects on the street level. Why did you do this? In my ever so humble opinion, it seems to be an odd choice.
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 4 years, 5 months ago
Is it just my monitor, or are there dark blotches around the top of the building? It almost looks like a pencil drawing that's been smudged.
Posted By: The Mad Mule
about 4 years, 5 months ago
I too am curious why there are smudge-like marks around the building. But I'm more concerned about that clock, which looks like it was quickly photoshopped in from a whole different source. Looks more like a sticker than part of the tower.
Posted By: culanap
about 4 years, 5 months ago
Wow, this picture is amazing. Great work!
Posted By: plw1234
about 4 years, 5 months ago
Superb!!!
Posted By: razorsharp
about 4 years, 5 months ago
doing a Google image search for 'Theaterplatz Dresden' does indeed return photos showing evidence of this colourful, conspicuous clock, which would only become more colourful and conspicuous after the application of HDR techniques.
Posted By: razorsharp
about 4 years, 5 months ago
Great job, dhfotos. I'm tempted to go out and buy an unnecessary extra monitor or two just so I can take full advantage of the multi-monitor versions.
Posted By: Arthurius
about 4 years, 5 months ago
Don't like these overprocessed HDRs. In my opinion, HDR should bring the essence of reality into a photo. Since our eyes have much greater dynamic range than cameras do, standard photos seem... like photos. HDRs though should eliminate the photo feeling and look as close to reality as possible. This, however, is not the case. Just my two cents.
Posted By: MacPro
about 4 years, 5 months ago
Overprocessed..... it looks fake and grainy.
Posted By: LTD602
about 4 years, 5 months ago
Haters gonna hate . . .

Lovely shot. A very nice effect created by the processing.
about 4 years, 5 months ago
This could have been a perfect image but as many pointed out above me that it is indeed a bit over-processed meaning that the tone mapping was a bit too aggressive in HDR software. I can clearly see what some call smudges around the steeple in center and those statues on the roof. That indicated a very heavy tone mapping. It should have been dialed down a bit. Amazing structure and amazing shot. You have done a lot of work here and there is no doubt about that. I am not familiar with your HDR software that you have used and don't know how much control you have but it clearly went over board. I do still like this image a lot. I will probably clone out some areas where the building meets the sky. This is common problem with many HDR's that are not carefully processed. I made this mistake initially until I learned to be more subtle.
Posted By: btruxell
about 4 years, 5 months ago
This is a great HDR, not over processed at all. The HDR really brought out the details this building. Excellent capture. By the way, a little layer masking of the sky and dark areas of the photo would have eliminated those smudges in the sky and the noise ;-)
Posted By: Simtech
about 4 years, 5 months ago
I like it as a photo, but not as a wallpaper.
Posted By: 303artwork.com
about 4 years, 5 months ago
wenn ich das bild sehe dann bin ich gleich wieder dankbar das ich diese farblosen staedte im hintenrumland nie wieder sehen muss genauso wie die kaelte nicht mehr ertragen muss (wetter & menschen) und in die karibik ausgewandert bin. das bild ist trotzdem gut nur etwas ueberarbeitet. wie nunyazz sagte. gutals bild aber nicht als wallpaper - wie viele der letzten bilder.
about 4 years, 5 months ago
I believe why the clock stands out so much is because of heavy tone mapping. Tone mapping magnifies any contrasting areas. I am sure the clock stood out in original shot but with HDR and tone mapping it would stand out even more. So to answer many questioning the clock I believe that's what happened here. Some images work great even with heavy HDR processing even though they may not look very natural but they still may look cool I have a few that I intentionally made. Usually when you have a sky in your image or a great difference between your highlights and shadows it does not work well in those cases I am speaking from my personal experience as well as my observations.
Posted By: Travis McGough
about 4 years, 5 months ago
I think it is a really cool shot, and I can tell that you put a lot of work into it. So thanks for sharing!!
Posted By: Iraimbilanja
about 4 years, 5 months ago
Arthurius, very interesting. I never thought about that. I always thought HDR can be used to make pics *cool*, I just never thought about using it to make them look more *real*. :)
Posted By: JffCmpbll
about 4 years, 5 months ago
I thought this was a good picture, until I saw the full dual monitor version, and now I thing it's a great image. Yes, it's clearly over processed, but I like it. If every photo was supposed to look just like the eye sees it, what fun would that be?
Posted By: Dhaman
about 4 years, 5 months ago
I spy a crane!

I enjoy this as a picture, not so much as a wallpaper, as nunyazz pointed out. From the thumbnail alone, it looks a lot like an impressive drawing.
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 4 years, 5 months ago
I'm curious about the historical context of this location. Were all these classical buildings somehow spared in the WW II firebombing of Dresden, or were they restored after the war?The Russians, for instance, put a tremendous amount of work into restoring the grand buildings in St. Petersburg (Leningrad), which had been devastated in the German siege of the city during the war. It's not hard to imagine a similar effort in Dresden.
Posted By: JffCmpbll
about 4 years, 5 months ago
A quick google search yielded this from wikipedia:

The church was badly damaged during World War II and was restored during the mid-1980s under the East German regime. Today it is the cathedral of the diocese of Dresden-Meißen. It has Silbermann's last and biggest organ
Posted By: Platemaster
about 4 years, 5 months ago
awesome job!
Posted By: pauliepaul
about 4 years, 4 months ago
cool. nice work.

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