Why do people insist on ruining other peoples photographs?

by Robert Whetton 12. August 2010 18:45
What am I talking about?

Last Sunday it was Rachel's brother's birthday and the whole family went to Moors Valley and rode on the train (I can't fit on the train), I thought it would be good to get a shot of everyone on the train waving. So off I ran to the bridge that crosses over the rails just after the station, set my camera and waited.
Then as the train drew toward the bridge, Max bless him shouted "now" and everyone started to wave, I rattled off a shot or 4 and a quick look at the back showed that I'd nailed exposure and had good framing.

However what I didn't see until I downloaded the cards was a man with his daughter just behind Dave flipping the bird throughout the series of shots! I had no idea the local hospital had let the retards out on day leave..
Birthday photograph ruined. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
If this had been a family who had come down from up north, or the family was scattered all over the country and had met up, these shots would have been ruined because of a thoughtless idiot..
Good job that I know Photoshop inside out!

So there are 2 ways to deal with this, you can Crop the image and remove the offending person.
Birthday photograph ruined, but fixed with crop. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer

The other way is if you want to keep your original framing, and involves some careful manipulation of the original photograph.
Birthday photograph ruined, but fixed with cloning. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
One new nose and bent finger later.
Birthday photograph ruined, but fixed with cloning. Before and after. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer

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