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Castle - Chambord, France

December 6th, 2009

I snapped this photo on a recent trip to visit my girlfriend in France. Only one day into our trip, this set the tone for my wonderful experience in France!

The image was taken with my Canon EOS 50D and an EF-S 10-22mm lens I was renting. I think I won't rent it again because I'm going to BUY that lens it's so nice! Taken at 16mm, 1/160 sec @ f/8 (sweet spot for that lens), ISO 200. The camera was hand-held and I shot a single RAW exposure. The photo was then edited in Lightroom, Photomatix Pro, then Photoshop CS4 and then back to Lightroom for final touches.

47.616ºN 1.517ºE

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Posted By: ginopastino
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Have you done some trick with the clarity to emulate an artistic brush?
Posted By: Quatrix
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Now THIS is how it should be done. Keep this one in mind when you're looking at blurry photos with gradiented, banded sky areas but still posting gratuitous "GREATEST PHOTO EVER!" comments.
Posted By: AnkurP992
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Yes im so excited! i voted for this in the loupe
Posted By: Creatura Noctis
about 14 years, 2 months ago
In my opinion the artistic brush ruined the photo...
Posted By: NEMINI
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I'd like to have seen an unedited version of this. Way too much post processing for me.
Posted By: Euphytose
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I've been here :)

It would have been a shame not to, as I live in France.

Also, totally out of the topic but, is your girlfriend named Erica, or Erika? :)
Posted By: Brian Slagenweit
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I very much agree that the brush filter has ruined this one. Outside of it, this is a very nice shot and I would love to see it without all the extra work done on it.
Posted By: knaim2
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I like everything about this picture except for the little tilt! Amazing quality! I'm actually getting the 50D next week :D tried it out at best buy and loved how fast it was...insane camera.
Posted By: Jordan M.
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Thanks for all your comments!
First off, no my girlfriend isn't Erica. France is a large place you know! :) haha! Here name is Amelie :)
Secondly, I too was a little unsure if I should do that much post-processing with it. I experimented with a few things and didn't really like it until I got this. My attempt was to "HDR" it and though that's what I did, I was aiming for more subtley. However, when I did that, it didn't look good enough. I was sick of playing with it. I exported the RAW to Photoshop CS4 and used Topaz Adjust on it. Yes, I did bring out a bit of clarity. Then I did a levels adjustment and used Noiseware plug-in to reduce noise (there was QUITE a lot after the Topaz Adjust). Then brought it back into Lightroom 2 and did some final adjustments on it, including straightening it. It IS actually perfectly straight, but I think because of the slight angle I shot it at, it gives the illusion it's tilted.
... thoughts? :)
Also, let me say that I am a HUGE admirer of much of the wallpaper on here and I have been a DAILY viewer for well over a year. I am very happy to have my first wallpaper up :)
I submitted a couple others too, but I like this one the best.
Posted By: knaim2
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Jordan, how do you like the 50D? What's the best thing you like about it?
Posted By: Jordan M.
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I'll tell you two things about the 50D. It's AWESOME... and yet... it's been replaced already.
If you're going to shell out the assumed $1200 or $1300 for a 50D, it would be wiser to just get the $1700 7D. Think about it. It's just like the 50D in EVERY way except better.
50D vs 7D
Digic IV vs Dual Digic IV
15MP vs 18MP
Excellent ISO (both)
No Video vs NICE video
Not to mention, the 7D has built-in wireless transmitter for wireless Speedlites, and it feels a little nicer in your had. It has more advanced options also. Let it be said: I LOVE the 50D.... NOTHING wrong with it and I would recommend it. Just figure for a few hundred more you can get a camera that does more! I have one of each! :)
Posted By: copious
about 14 years, 2 months ago
instead of investing money in the lens, why not invest some time to learn how to process RAW correctly?
Posted By: Jordan M.
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Indulge me...
A nice lens with shitty processing is just as bad as good processing with a shitty lens, I think. Plus a nice lens will minimize the processing efforts.
Posted By: Iraimbilanja
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Awesome colors and illumination... and clarity... and subject... and composition... really have nothing to nitpick about. Cheers!
Posted By: knaim2
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Thanks for your opinion Jordan!
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I would buy a puzzle of this image... I just love it!
Posted By: Jordan M.
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Thanks Santiago! I never thought of that, but yeah... isn't that the kind of image you'd see on the cardboard box of a puzzle? Sweet!
Posted By: Bradcarters
about 14 years, 2 months ago
that is amazing! i wanna go to france now!
Posted By: Markovnikov
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Great image. Chambord is such an amazing castle. I wish you have taken a shot of the beautiful double helical staircase designed by da Vinci.
Posted By: eyegetthere
about 13 years, 10 months ago
I have read the other comments and first down loaded your Castle Chambord image a couple of months ago to use as my main wall paper on a 27" iMac.
It looks fantastic and with each passing day I could eventually resist no longer and went a single step further from a point and shoot 6 mpx compact to a bridge camera.
Who knows I could yet go the whole hog sparked by your shot. I understand the opinions on the art brush but each to their own and the photo is obviously striking enough as it is to gain attention.
Well Done.

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