Last week Nick Marzinski of Trapping Light was in my area so we linked up and went out for a photo shoot and a beer in the quaint little town of Weston.  We went to the local winery and one of the oldest churches in the area.  I have shot this church before, but this was the first time with the 17-40 mm lens.


IMG_4522-BWIt is always nice shooting with a fellow photographer, especially a good one!  You can bounce ideas off of one another and discuss the more technical aspects of photography and post processing.  Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy shooting with beginners as well, but the photo conversations usually do not go beyond f/2.8.

We were near an old railroad intersection and it had so much to offer, even a place to recycle cardboard boxes.  However, when you are shooting, recycling cardboard boxes is not something you will find yourself doing so the recycle bin was more of a distraction than anything.  Nick and I both agreed it was a distraction and the first thing we thought of was, “Clone Stamp Tool”!  

There is nothing wrong with using the clone stamp tool to remove a distraction.  Especially when that distraction could have been physically moved.  I am no Incredible Hulk, my two year old would beg to differ, but if I had the right equipment I could have moved it.

Likewise, that building in the before picture below is a distraction, if I had a bulldozer I could have taken care of it.  However, that would probably have cost me a pretty penny, not to mention the lack of a permit probably could have gotten me arrested.

Thank heavens for the Clone Stamp Tool!  Removing distractions since 1990, now if only I could Clone Stamp Facebook out of my life and Pinterest out of my wife’s!

Want an awesome tutorial for the effective usage of the Clone Stamp Tool?


I noticed Photomatix 5.0 just came out of Beta Testing, I can officially do a tutorial on it now! Stay Tuned for Friday as I unravel Photomatix Pro 5.0!


Blake Rudis
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