Old 06-05-2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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Hiya All,
Only my first couple of posts here but I have a string of photos such as the one below, with a really distracting sign in it. I can't remove it because the background is to complex.

If anyone could offer any solutions, I would appreciate it.

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Old 06-06-2011, 03:10 AM   #2
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Well, if you're wanting to clone a shot for RP purposes, you'd be in the wrong per their guidelines:
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:35 AM   #3
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Well, if you're wanting to clone a shot for RP purposes, you'd be in the wrong per their guidelines:
http://www.railpictures.net/addphotos/guidelines.php
I did predict as much, but is there a way to clone out the sign neatly, not for RP just more out of curiosity?

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Old 06-06-2011, 10:27 AM   #4
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I did predict as much, but is there a way to clone out the sign neatly, not for RP just more out of curiosity?

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Totally wrong for RP. A fair bit of work but here's my attempt sharpened as well.

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Old 06-06-2011, 11:59 AM   #5
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For RP purposes the shot is waaaay too tight, anyway.

A wider angle would keep the shot from being so cramped, and at the same time reduce the size of the sign in the frame. Getting some elevation, even a step stool, would also help.
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Man, that is a tight crop. If you have room in the frame to go wider, please do.

WRT cloning, as others have said, removing or altering a prominent object is verboten on this site...which is not to say people haven't done it. I don't think anyone is going to get too steamed about removing errant branch twigs, solitary weeds, birds that look like dust spots and wayward body parts. All of those things are not necessarily permanent fixtures in the scene. The goal is to present a scene that someone else could theoretically go to the same spot and shoot, and obviously, anyone taking this shot would end up with the sign as part of it.

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Signs should be shot around, over, under, through. It's not right to remove a permanent part of the scene. The only exception I ever would make is a power line NOT connected to a pole. (I would include the pole, in most cases.) This is a case where just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. Learn to work around these issues in the field.
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