More than a few times I’ve talked about being careful of what images you cull.  Consider the future I warned.   As your skill grows and perhaps more significantly as the software available to us improves, and improves in leaps and bounds it does, the more likely we’ll be able to save a really nice image we would have otherwise culled.  

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L  @F8  1/320th   70mm  ISO 100

 

More than a few times I’ve talked about being careful of what images you cull.  Consider the future I warned.   As your skill grows and perhaps more significantly as the software available to us improves, and improves in leaps and bounds it does, the more likely we’ll be able to save a really nice image we would have otherwise culled. 

During a recent workshop I was out at a place I’ve nicknamed “The Fishwat” in Suphanburi.  It’s one of the many temples that protects a certain stretch of a river from fishing and allows visitors to feed the fish and of course they raise funds by selling fish food.  I noticed this nice scene and took a few frames thinking it would make a nice composition if only..

 

If only the power lines weren’t in the way.  Obviously the heavy power cables so common everywhere in Thailand ruined the scene while the ropes were quite natural and added to the synergy of the composition.  I looked around for a way to capture this scene without the power lines in the way and realized it was impossible without hiring a boat.  

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L  @F8  1/320th   70mm  ISO 100

 

If only the power lines weren’t in the way.  Obviously the heavy power cables so common everywhere in Thailand ruined the scene while the ropes were quite natural and added to the synergy of the composition.  I looked around for a way to capture this scene without the power lines in the way and realized it was impossible without hiring a boat. 

And then I remembered a new feature I’d been learning to use in Adobe’s Photoshop CS5 called “Content Aware Fill”, a brand new technology employing advanced algorithms to evaluate the surrounding scene (from the selected area) and then ‘fills in’ what’s behind the area you selected.  Remove a light pole and the software can accurately ‘guess’ what was behind the pole but not captured in the image, and fills in a natural and like facsimile.  Some might consider it magic, but it’s really just technology providing new and exciting tools we’ve never before has available. 

This image is significant because it teaches or reminds us of three things.  First, always consider the future before culling images.  Second, always consider all available tools when evaluating a composition.  And third, the reason some of us enjoy riding the bleeding edge of technology and can’t wait to try the latest program or hardware updates.. is because often we’re rewarded such as I was in this image.  Other times we just bleed.  I’ve never been one to be afraid of a little blood.. ;o)