Chambord revisited

Château de Chambord, black and white, hdr

Château de Chambord

A few weeks ago I paid another visit to the castle of Chambord. This time we had bright sunny weather, with (almost) no cloud on the horizon. Conditions were far from optimal for photography but I decided to give it a try anyway. Again I had to use HDR to tone down the sky and to get out the shadows a bit more. This is the north-face of the castle and thus, by definition, always in shadow.

We also did some  fashion-like stuff with strobes  that day, which is something completely different, but lots of fun! Maybe I’ll post some pictures of that later.. who knows?

Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for François I, who maintained his royal residences at Château de Blois and Château d’Amboise. The original design of the Château de Chambord is attributed, though with several doubts, to Domenico da Cortona. Some authors claim that the French Renaissance architect Philibert Delorme had a considerable role in the château’s design, and others have suggested that Leonardo da Vinci may have designed it. (Source: Wikipedia)


EXIF and post-processing

EXIF Data:

  • Aperture: F 8
  • Date/Time: August 11, 2012 09:20
  • Focal length: 26 mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
  • Camera: NIKON D80
  • Title: Domaine du château de Chambord, France

How it was done / workflow:

  • Used a tripod
  • Bracketed 3 shots: -2EV, 0EV,+2EV
  • Imported in Adobe Lightroom
  • Merge to HDR in photoshop
  • Some tweaking in Adobe Lightroom (B&W conversion, darkening and added a vignette)



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