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.

Looking out from Neuschwanstein, you can see the childhood home of King Ludwig, Schloss Hohenschwangau. Not So SAHM

Schloss Hohenschwangau – ProjectEdit365 – 10 Aug

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 look fake. So, I didn’t worry about it too much other than cropping in a little to remove some of it. I decreased the clarity and highlights and increased the contrast, vibrance, and saturation (just the tiniest bit). I also lightened the shadows. I used a graduated filter in the sky to warm that color up a bit. I used a radial filter around the castle to make it stand out just a little. I used an adjustment brush on the lake to try to deepen its saturation a little, and another brush on a sun spot to try to lessen its severity. I decreased the noise of the whole picture. Here’s the original:


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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.

Schloss Neuschwanstein sits atop a hill with a bucolic backdrop. Not So SAHM

Fairytale Castle – ProjectEdit365 – 09 Aug

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. Because sometimes editing is knowing which presets will work and heading straight for those. 🙂 The original:


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Festwoche (festweek)

The Germans know how to party. This was during Partenkirchen’s Festwoche when everyone makes their way to the fest tents. Traditional dress 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!


At least six young men sit side to side in a German fest tent, all wearing traditional suspenders. Not So SAHM

Festweek – ProjectEdit365 – 08 Aug

The original was pretty much just as blurry, but a little lopsided. I cropped in a little to remove the distracting sign on the table. I increased the vibrancy just a little and decreased the contrast and clarity. If the picture is already blurry, might as well decrease the clarity a bit to make it not so obvious. . . I also added just a little vignette. The original:


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Or maybe Garmisch, at the base of the Alps, is what you think about when you hear German countryside.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen sits at the base of the Alps. Not So SAHM

Garmisch-Partenkirchen – ProjectEdit365 – 07 Aug

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 saturation just a tad and decreased the shadows to get rid of some of the dullness. Here’s the original:


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Church at the Burg

There’s a small church at Burg Lichtenberg. Reach it by the cobblestone pathway.

A small church sits on the grounds of Burg Lichtenberg in Germany. Not So SAHM

Church at the Burg – ProjectEdit365 – 06 Aug

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 just a bit. Here’s the original:


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Burg Lichtenberg

The largest castle ruins in Germany, with one of the best restaurants as well.

The ruins of Burg Lichtenberg in Germany. Not So SAHM

Burg Lichtenberg – ProjectEdit365 – 05 Aug

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. That really brought out the texture of the bricks! Then I lightened the shadows and blacks just a little and used a radial filter to adjust the focus more to the central fireplace. Here’s the original:


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