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Old Jan 4, 2007, 8:45 PM   #1
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I took this shot last spring and by pure chance I was able to capture the fire coming out of the musket rather than just the smoke.

The guy with the camera in the background ruins the shot. Any suggestions on removing or covering him up? I have Photoshop and am able to do quite a bit with it, but I don't want it to look like I pasted something over him.

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Old Jan 4, 2007, 9:00 PM   #2
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I am not very good at this thing but the secret is to play with the clone tool !!


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Old Jan 4, 2007, 11:04 PM   #3
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Not bad at all!

Thanks I'll have to goof around with it.




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Old Jan 5, 2007, 7:47 AM   #4
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I took this shot last spring and by pure chance I was able to capture the fire coming out of the musket rather than just the smoke.

The guy with the camera in the background ruins the shot. Any suggestions on removing or covering him up? I have Photoshop and am able to do quite a bit with it, but I don't want it to look like I pasted something over him.

Thanks in advance.

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Hi, Seems that you want to emphasise the foreground, I've cloned out the offending figure, applied lens blur from fencline back this tends to hide any cloning imperfections, lightened the foreground shadow area + an overall boost to contrast. IMO, you could crop a fair bit of the left side to improve composition. ... Jack
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Old Jan 5, 2007, 8:13 AM   #5
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Thanks Jack - yes it has improved the shot. And I'll certainly crop the left side off to place the subject off center.
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Here's my try. First I made a duplicate copy of the whole thing & rotated the duplicate copy maybe 10 or 15 degrees clockwise - this because I wanted to copy some of the shrubs & make them look natural.

Then, on the original, round the guy with the tripod, I used PS lasso with a small amount of feathering & dragged the shape to the (now rotated) duplicate, copied some of the shrubbery, & pasted it into the original. A few black lines were added to the pasted part to give the effect of dark stems.

Next I did some more cutting & pasting & blurring to cover up the other person in the right of the picture.

Finally, I followed Jack's suggestion and cropped the picture considerably to put the rifleman off center.

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Old Jan 11, 2007, 7:56 PM   #7
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It looks much better cropped.

I'm going to have to give all of those techniques a try.

Thanks everyone!
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Old Jan 13, 2007, 5:17 AM   #8
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i only removed the guy

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Old Jan 18, 2007, 10:28 PM   #9
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Thanks for the assistance! As soon as I saw that guy in the background, I figured the shot was ruined - but there's hope!
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Somewhere out there, there's another photographer, thinking the same thing about you.

Let's hope he has friends, to help him, too.




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