Just the other day I stumbled across a Photo Challenge hosted by Stacy Fischer of Visual Venturing. The challenge is to take a photograph submitted by another photographer and process it in your own style. The original photograph (set of 3 autobracketed photos) was submitted by Benjamin Rowe of Aperture 64 and I wanted to give this photograph more clarity and try something I haven’t tried before really and that is split toning. If I have split toned a photo it has been very minimal and it is something that I really wanted to try again.
To process this photo I did some minor adjustments in Lightroom and then exported the three files to Photomatix Pro and created a HDR image. I didn’t make many adjustments in Photomatix, before reimporting it back into Lightroom. I added some clarity to the castle… cropped the photograph and then added brightness to the white clouds… after I finished doing some minor adjustments yet again.. I added a Cyan and Yellow Split Tone.
What I love about the photograph is the drama in the clouds and and how the castle uses the dramatic clouds as a wonderful backdrop. It is a beautiful photograph and I hope I have given it justice.