Schloss Hohenschwangau

The childhood home of King Ludwig. Looking out from Neuschwanstein you see this view. Just imagine that the roads and parking lots aren’t carved into the forest. With the sun setting in the upper right corner of the picture, it made it hard to lower the exposure of the sky without making the clouds lookContinue reading “Schloss Hohenschwangau”

Fairytale Castle

And when you think of fairytale castles, you think of this one: King Ludwig’s Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria with its bucolic backdrop. The original was good, but I wanted to give it more of a fairytale book look. I immediately went to my Lightroom presets that I have loaded and chose CoffeShop’s Velvet Butter. BecauseContinue reading “Fairytale Castle”

Festwoche (festweek)

The Germans know how to party. This was during Partenkirchen’s Festwoche when everyone makes their way to the fest tents. Traditional dressĀ is optional, but as you can see, popular with the younger set. I *loved* catching all these guys sitting next to each other. They weren’t still for long! PROST! The original was pretty muchContinue reading “Festwoche (festweek)”

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Or maybe Garmisch, at the base of the Alps, is what you think about when you hear German countryside. The original was flat and dull. I used several adjustment filters to work on the mountains in the distance, the green trees in the distance, and the trees in the foreground. Overall I upped the saturationContinue reading “Garmisch-Partenkirchen”

Church at the Burg

There’s a small church at Burg Lichtenberg. Reach it by the cobblestone pathway. The original was dark and flat. I warmed the whole picture, then I used a radial filter and adjustment filter to sharpen the cobblestones but soften the church and light around it. I used a graduated filter to darken the sky justContinue reading “Church at the Burg”

Burg Lichtenberg

The largest castle ruins in Germany, with one of the best restaurants as well. I’m pretty sure I knew when I took the picture that I would want it to be in black and white. It just lends itself to that. So, I turned it black and white, and increased the contrast, clarity, and exposure.Continue reading “Burg Lichtenberg”