Photographer's Note

Moritzburg is a beautiful castle which you can admire in a short driving distance from Dresden.

I had quite a limited time, so I researched the location in advance and I arrived in a picture-perfect spot when the sun was very strongly illuminating Moritzburg Castle. The light was stunning, yet I have still struggled with processing photos which I took. The photos were recorded perfectly but recently I noticed a huge problem with modern day screens.
Computer or phone screens adjust automatically very much do the available conditions. The brightness of the screen and the level of contrast depends on the available power source (for example if my laptop is unplugged from the power source the contrast level of my photos is visibly lower), time of the day (if I prepare a photo in the evening it appears too dark when watched by people during the day), external light available, or even background (for example if I watch my photos with the black background the computer adjusts the level of brightness and contrast respectively). Now I have also discovered that while processing RAW files the new Canon software makes adjustments itself. When I have auto lighting optimizer on and adjust the contrast or brightness, a second later it is automatically compensated by the software. I can switch it off, but I am never able to balance the light as good as the lighting optimiser. I need to make some final adjustments on the JPG file to get it exactly as I want it. I don’t even want to start on the fact that all websites including TrekEarth or Facebook are changing the photos which we upload to make them better. That was not the case with beta-TrekEarth which displaye photos exactly as prepared by photographer. We discussed that a while ago already. All of that are the problems which I experience on my side while preparing the photos but of course the way you see my photos again depends very much on the device which you are using, the time of the day etc.
I have struggled a bit what to do here. The palace was lit there in a pleasantly warm yet very strong light, like in a spotlight. To well see that the surrounding got respectively darker. I could balance the light with RAW adjustments or HDR but then but then the mood was usually damaged. Anyway, I had to settle for something so here you are: this is my postcard from Moritzburg Castle.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7245 W: 106 N: 19097] (73224)
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