Before and After, Part II |

Here’s my next entry in my before-and-after series that’s running this week. This is another old shot that I really like a lot; this was a picture that I took in Portugal, and I’m not actually sure who the statue is supposed to be, but every time I see this, I think of a medieval Pope squaring off against a rebel church and getting ready to excommunicate them or something. Anyways, here’s the “before” picture:

1/500s, f/9, ISO-200, 55mm

Anyhow, I was looking at this image recently, and thought, “Man, this is a cool image, except for that ugly white thing in the middle. I wonder how hard that would be to get rid of?” Well, here you go:

1/500s, f/9, ISO-200, 55mm

The process was essentially the same as for the bubble shot, but it required a bit more care — the bush in the background has a lot more detail than the background in the bubble shot, so it was quite a bit more obvious that I’d done something to it. But I just kept painting over it with various combinations of the clone tool, the healing brush, and the patch tool until I got something I was happy with. If you know where to look, I think it’s still slightly noticeable, but on the whole I think it’s pretty good. What do you think? Can you tell it’s been edited?