To Clone or Not To Clone – that is the question

I’m a strong advocate of getting everything as correct as possible in the camera – definitely not one of the “I’ll just fix it in Photoshop” crowd.
That said, 100% perfection isn’t possible 100% of the time. Here’s an example where, try as I might, all of the compositional elements of my vision for this image couldn’t be brought together without some compromise – plus the sunrise wasn’t standing still waiting for me to make up my mind.

  • I wanted a classic wide angle composition
  • I wanted strong foreground elements
  • I wanted to frame the distant lobster boats lit by the glow of the mist and sun
  • I needed to block the sun
  • I wanted it all……..

This was as close as I could come, but there was a piece of the boom that infringed into the frame near top center – a distraction. Pointing the camera down further to remove that piece lost too much of the boom that was essential to my story. Simple solution – clone it out.
A “purist”, my slide shooting mentor for example, would disapprove but I disagree – there are times when cloning is appropriate. ‘Nuf said.
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