When shooting in Santa Monica a couple of weeks ago I found a location I really liked. A very simple shot of three palm trees with their shadows reaching toward three lifeguard towers in the distance. I waited patiently for beachgoers to clear the scene for as long as I could but ended up making the shot with an adult and child walking in the middle ground.
I actually kind of liked it that way and thought "I can always photoshop them out of the image at home" , there was also a pesky shadow from a fourth palm tree at the lower left of frame which I had already resigned myself to 'cleaning'. At home as I tidied up my image to produce the shot I had envisioned, I am left wondering, how much is too much?
I really like the end result with the clean, almost graphic nature of the finished shot and it definitely makes a more saleable image but I have fundamentally changed what I was looking at, into what I wanted to see. I really don't know the answer to the "how much is too much" question. I'm happy with it that's for sure, and I guess as long as we're honest about it then no harm done and perhaps this post is purely here to cleanse my conscience. The two shots are both posted below and I think you'll agree that the cleaned version is the better shot.
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