Happy Friday. Today I will once again opine about the evil power line. 🙂 Additionally I’ll talk a little about Photoshop and the wonderful opportunities it gives a digital photographer to enhance, rescue, and restore an otherwise less than desirable image. Of course Photoshop has a lot more uses than that but that is my focus today.
The train above is nothing special. It is an old, abandoned diesel locomotive sitting on a section of track that is also abandoned. When I drove by it I thought it would make a great black & white image, perhaps in a retro finish.
I was aware of some power lines in some of my shots but I thought the composition of some of my shots would yield an image that would only take a few minutes with the healing brush to make pristine. Boy was I wrong.
I also shot some close-ups of the headlight and other salient parts of the train that in my mind’s eye would make a nice train story. When I opened this image in Lightroom I was surprised by all the clutter and power lines that showed up in the image.
So I decided to see if I could fix it. Why, you might ask. It’s not that great of a shot to begin with (or for that matter to end with.) That is correct but I really enjoy working on images. I enjoy working on them almost as much as creating them in the first place.
Anyway, to end this ongoing dribble, it took me over an hour to remove the power lines and then I noticed (I’m a little slow) the big steel road sign right in the middle and I figured as long as I spent all that time removing the power lines I might as well get rid of the sign too. Add another 30 minutes.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your Friday, there are only 52 of them this year and they are all precious. Be careful.
Oh, I almost forgot. Here is the original image as it came out of the camera. So much for my good composition techniques. 🙂