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01-28-2014, 03:24 PM   #1
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Do you see what I see???
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f2.8-4 Camera: K-X Photo Location: Phoenix, AZ ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F6.7 

I've shown this to several people, and though many have commented that it's one of my best........a few say the element of the fenceline is a distraction. I thought about cloning it out, but the composition was somewhat intentional to illustrate that great nature shots can sometimes be in one's own backyard so to speak. Now, I'm torn. Thoughts?

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01-28-2014, 04:17 PM   #2
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I barely noticed the fence. I limit my processing to enhancing sharpness, color, contrast. The only cloning I do is for sensor spots or other artifacts; I don't remove inconvenient things that were actually there.

My vote is therefore to leave the fence. YMMV and it's not wrong to clone it out if you prefer to do so.

P.S. My first thought when viewing the pic was "is that cactus flipping me off?"

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01-28-2014, 06:16 PM   #3
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The fence is really too small to be a distraction but it big enough to be possibly intrusive.

I don't see what you see, and would have no problem removing it. I'm not a photojournalist and have no problems cloning out wall sockets at car shows,
and baby strollers whenever possible.
01-29-2014, 01:30 PM   #4
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I would remove the fence and even go so far as to try and clone out the building roof along the horizon line at the right edge.
unless this photo is being used to demonstrate or illustrate something in which an urban setting is implied, ie "Beauty in Our Own Backyard" kind of thing,
from a true landscape art perspective, the man made objects are intrusive.

01-29-2014, 01:33 PM   #5
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It falls between two stools for me, enough to look accidental and distract, not enough to make a statement.
01-29-2014, 03:22 PM   #6
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I'm with Dr Orloff, stuff should either be convincingly included in the frame like you want it there or not make an appearance at all. Anything in-between has to work really hard at justifying itself.
01-29-2014, 10:48 PM   #7
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I'd crop out 15% off the bottom. A fat black band is not artful. I'd also clone away all distractions too.

But the bigger question is why do you feel this is a great nature shot?

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QuoteOriginally posted by nomadkng Quote
I would remove the fence and even go so far as to try and clone out the building roof along the horizon line at the right edge.
unless this photo is being used to demonstrate or illustrate something in which an urban setting is implied, ie "Beauty in Our Own Backyard" kind of thing,
from a true landscape art perspective, the man made objects are intrusive.
X 2. I find the fence is distracting.

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