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Old Apr 10, 2004, 12:14 AM   #1
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A good friend asked me to fix and print the photo below. In PS, I straighten up the condo, cropped stuff out and used the sponge tool on the sky.

What else should I do? Comments please?

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Old Apr 10, 2004, 6:48 AM   #2
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Hi Chuck

You did a fine clone job. However I think, in this particular photo, it's a shame that you cloned away the people in the background.

What about adding a tiny bit of contrast ? Perhaps crop a bit in the bottom...
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Thanks Klaus.......

I guess I got carried away clonning! I need to work on the shadow to the left, but off to work I must go! Comments welcome.

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Hi Chuck

Your photos on this series point to the benefits of digital photography...

I actually like all the background folks "gone"...

Then this viewer can concentrate his gaze on the
proud poppa and the lil' one with their day at the beach.

You can see the lil one's toes curled in the sand...and
her gaze is held by some event out of the frame to
the "lower right."

Good job!
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I think they both look great your eye is drawn to the dad and baby with or without the background people.
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Thanks for your comments.....

It does look more realistic with people in the background. I found this blur article on Klaus website. Seems to have worked OK. What do you think?

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I like it without the blur because the effect is artificial and so draws attention to itself. Had the photo been done with a shallow DOF, the blur would have been far more natural. Definitely, go back to the immediately previous rendition. It's the keeper.
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how do you clone pictures?
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I like it without the blur because the effect is artificial and so draws attention to itself. Had the photo been done with a shallow DOF, the blur would have been far more natural. Definitely, go back to the immediately previous rendition. It's the keeper.
Thanks for your input. If I used less blur, would it look more real? I think I used radius 2.5 on the condo and 1 on the people.
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Chuck, I definitely think it would look better if it were more subtle. When a true shallow DOF kicks in, the farther away something is from the area of sharp focus, the more blurred it is, but when you introduce artificial blur, everything is blurred equally. If you backed off on the effect, this difference might be less easily spotted.
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