09.19.2022 To or to not?

Cloning?  So this discussion happened a little while ago but that was about something that was not in the real world but within the camera.  In this case it is quite real.

I went back and forth about the cell tower and eventually left it alone. If this were to be printed large the tower would certainly be noticeable and in some cases not a big deal.  But I find it troublesome and was sorely tempted to remove it despite its being common knowledge.  In the end I decided to portray the scene as it is rather than as I wish it was.

On a side note, this view is getting more difficult to photograph with trees growing and obstructing most of the panorama ( this was shot between some trees and I cropped out the closer branches.  It gets cut back every few years so I am hopeful this is the year before foliage season arrives.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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13 Responses to 09.19.2022 To or to not?

  1. shoreacres says:

    I don’t know. The image reminded me of the Christ of the Andes. Maybe you should leave it in and title the photo the Cell Tower of the Quabbins.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Love the layers, but not the tower. But I get it, folks want the technology.

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  3. bluebrightly says:

    Interesting – you know I have no problem picking out little needles or moving aside a long stem of grass from time to time but this is a little different. Your dilemma is so understandable. The tallest “mountain” here on Fidalgo is just under 1300′ but it’s all relative so it’s a real landmark – we see it from miles away when we approach home from the east. There are towers on it that I wish weren’t there but I’ve never removed them from photos – they are such an integral part of the landscape at this point, it seems.
    And tree branches obstructing beautiful views, that’s another one – I always joke about wanting to cut down trees so I can see the view but I wouldn’t do it. 🙂 In your photo the eye does tend to go right to those towers, maybe because they’re so close to the middle.

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    • When I first got started with internet socializing it was on Adobe’s Photography Forum. One photographer who was well thought of revealed that she actually did carry a saw and thought nothing of cutting whatever was interfering with her compositions.

      I agree about these towers becoming part of the landscape now. Of course, one could fudge the story and claim the shot was pre-tower. 🙂

      Funny about your quotes around “mountain”. Out there that’s a small one but here it’d be one of the taller.

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  4. Nice Steve! It is always troubling to alter the original views in a landscape image! But in the end I usually remove what was distracting in the image. Especially if it was just for my own enjoyment and not being posted somewhere.

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  5. Dave Ply says:

    Considering my latest tweak, your little tower is barely noticeable. I removed an entire human being, including her silly rally around the tour guide sign from a picture of an otherwise interesting monument, purely because she was so distracting. (I left the graffiti though.) National Geographic would not be amused.

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    • Unfortunately, National Geographic doesn’t know I exist so they wouldn’t care. I’d not mind that changing but it’s unlikely. The difference though is you tell stories and use the pictures to add to that (not that those picture can’t stand on their own) while I am just presenting them for themselves and feel that removing something significant, in most cases, lessens whatever story someone might get from the image.


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