Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cloning: Good or Bad?

To clone, or not to clone, that is the question. You see, in the photo below I chose to remove a bunch of distractions using the clone stamp tool in Photoshop CS3 to eliminate some distractions. If you hover over it, you'll see the before image to see what I've removed.

Mouse over to see before, mouse out to see after

The net result to the casual viewer is a big improvement, but if you look carefully you can see the details where I didn't do such a great job with my cloning. There in lies the rub, how much time can you realistically spend cloning to get the results right? For me, I go nuts after about 10 minutes, so problems occur.

Of course, the real goal would be to get this right in-camera, but sometimes like in the case of this parade, there's no choice.

Oh well, I think that it's probably good as long as I don't make a poster of this image, and in this case it helped to make a neat picture even better, so what the hell. It may not be perfect, but it's good enough, right?

Feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think.

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