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Oct 12, 2013 03:25 |  #1

Last year while in The Hague I took an interesting shot: old and new buildings - rich of contrasting styles. The only thing was that there were electric tram wires all over the scene. I finally found the time (when I needed a shot of this beautiful city) to get rid of all the clutter. Please tell me if you can see - even with hindsight - the cloning and retouching.
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Oct 12, 2013 10:11 |  #2

The only thing I noticed that seemed out of place before I looked at the 2nd picture was the little horizontal line of small dark clouds above the building to the left of center, and a little blue patch above the blue domed building.
But overall I don't think anyone would notice.


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Oct 12, 2013 10:31 as a reply to  @ Qbx's post |  #3

There was a (slightly) un-natural straight line in the clouds above the flag most to the left. Had I not known why, I might never have noticed it.

For me, I would never have taken the initial shot due to the all the clutter, except as a vacation snapshot. Shows that I might need to keep my options open. This image shows that you can get a keeper shot, even from a shot that many would not have even tried.


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Oct 12, 2013 11:32 |  #4

Nice work! I would have got rid of that bit of tree coming in the left as well...




  
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Oct 12, 2013 12:27 as a reply to  @ tmoore323's post |  #5

I think I'd go for a bit darker look. That would make the scene more consistant with the clouds too.

After you've cloned out wires, be sure to go back and do a little more (I use the healing brush) but randomize the direction so you don't wind up with a lot of "horizontal clouds".

(To save time, I used your edited version as my starting point)


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Oct 12, 2013 17:19 |  #6

navydoc wrote in post #16365497 (external link)
I think I'd go for a bit darker look. That would make the scene more consistant with the clouds too.

After you've cloned out wires, be sure to go back and do a little more (I use the healing brush) but randomize the direction so you don't wind up with a lot of "horizontal clouds".

(To save time, I used your edited version as my starting point)

Thanks for the comments.

It wasn't that dark... :) there was even a little blue patch in the sky - what the Dutch call a "watery sun".

After I reviewed the shots of the day I threw this one out because of all the power lines spoiling the view. But - reviewing old shots - I thought the view so interesting with its architectural contrast that I decided to spend some time with the clone stamp and paint brush. Took me about an hour and I am not too happy with the sky. Could have done better in cloning some unaffected sky with a soft brush over the corrected parts.


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Oct 12, 2013 17:41 |  #7

The buildings look good, but the sky doesn't. Try duplicating the layer, move it in position so that clear sky is covering the wires, add a mask, invert that and then paint out the power lines. Then with a soft brush and low opacity blend the new bits of sky with the old.


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Oct 13, 2013 02:29 |  #8

Levina de Ruijter wrote in post #16366053 (external link)
The buildings look good, but the sky doesn't. Try duplicating the layer, move it in position so that clear sky is covering the wires, add a mask, invert that and then paint out the power lines. Then with a soft brush and low opacity blend the new bits of sky with the old.

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Oct 13, 2013 03:51 |  #9

Thanks Levina! I had the same sort of thing in mind - just mask another sky on top... I have done that several times in shots I shot for paying customers.... :)

Today I spent some time on another The Hague shot - that town is full of ugly tram power lines....
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