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Old Jun 7, 2010, 8:48 AM   #1
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My outing the other night was two fold. The first reason, (ahhhhhh....do I really need one?) was to capture a rain system and stormy clouds coming in from the west (over the mountains) and the second reason was to put the new Adobe CS5 program to the test with it's new healing brush "content-aware" feature which cut down cloning out wires, poles, highway and cars to a fraction of the time it would have taken with the older CS4 program. If I was to consider doing this with the cs4 program, I don't think I would have even taken on the task.

Finding a nice cluttered place to take the photo, I pulled off the highway and took this shot.

Let me know how you think the edit went.

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Old Jun 7, 2010, 9:46 AM   #2
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What beautiful scenery! Either one is great. If you were creating a brochure enticing me to visit Alberta (that's where this is, right?), #1 would have done it. It shows me what to expect just by driving down the highway. If I wanted something framed on my living room wall, I would use #2.
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Old Jun 7, 2010, 11:45 AM   #3
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Thanks vvcarpio, and yes, this is in Alberta and these are the Canadian Rockies I get to see from Calgary. Looking west toward the Rockies which is about 40 minutes from Calgary. Another 1/2 hour and your into Banff National Park and so on. A photographers haven. The only downside to taking photos in the Park is that your not allowed to sell your work unless you've paid a very high licence premium $$ to the government. I believe that price is around $1400/year!
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haha, wow ... I cannot believe the power in that content-aware tool!

The first capture I thought first, "well this is certainly not "land before man"... beautiful capture though..."
Then I read your pre-text and scrolled down, my jaw made a run for the floor.

I second VVs comment, in saying that this would hang in my living room !
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Old Jun 8, 2010, 6:51 AM   #5
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Great pick. Amazing tool.
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Old Jun 8, 2010, 7:29 AM   #6
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Thank you for the added comments! The content-aware tool is a big plus and even though there is some detail missing in the far left lower cloud, if I was to redo this image again I would have used that tool a little differently to save all that detail but, it was my first go round with it.....

The other thing I liked about the cs5 program was that it runs faster than cs4 and another big plus for me is that it reads the RAW images straight out of the 5dmII! In cs4, I would have to first convert the RAW to .dng files before Camera RAW could read them.
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Really coolwith all that fog. And the pics looks beautiful.

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That's a fantastic pic Kevin - and it looks like this new feature in CS5 works just fine for such "little" clone jobs
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Really can't add anything more to what has been said... good work! Brilliant photo, indeed.
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Land before man...such a promising title to go well with the second image as suggested above. Very dramatic light shade interplay there!
Actually content aware often does surprisingly well with both with 'healing tool' in disappearing artifacts, and with the 'fill in' feature in completing the missing parts of the panaromas after the cropping off's. Well, it can sometimes create strange results, but anyway!
Once again, great job in every way!

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