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    Re: Calendar of Architecture

    I have a friend that does real estate photography. She enjoys the entire process, except the editing. She uses a service that outsources the editing to a couple of Vietnamese women... My friend says it's embarrassingly inexpensive... Like $10-$15/hr... and she says they're very fast... and very fluent... Her work is impeccable... and she is very sought after in our area here, for higher end homes... I think I'd explore that option for removing the power lines...


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    I think I'm going to buck the crowd here and say leave them. The nearby old city I grew up in is full of wires, its a mess but its part of the street view and history. If it were a nature scene, I'd be all over erasing them. But its a city and wires are part of the city. Also being a technical guy, it would disturb me to spot electrical masts and connection boxes or meters on the sides of these buildings that are not connected. Your audience might not care about the wires, they grew up with them. There might even be some electricians and utility workers out there that installed those wires. Now satellite dishes are a different story, I hate those things all over city buildings, lol.
    I must have a really good camera.

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    Re: Calendar of Architecture

    Quote Originally Posted by nickt View Post
    I think I'm going to buck the crowd here and say leave them. The nearby old city I grew up in is full of wires, its a mess but its part of the street view and history. If it were a nature scene, I'd be all over erasing them. But its a city and wires are part of the city. Also being a technical guy, it would disturb me to spot electrical masts and connection boxes or meters on the sides of these buildings that are not connected. Your audience might not care about the wires, they grew up with them. There might even be some electricians and utility workers out there that installed those wires. Now satellite dishes are a different story, I hate those things all over city buildings, lol.

    There is a middle ground on this photo. Remove the upper set of wires and the lower communications cables leaving the electrical connections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbrent View Post
    I agree. The first image is much more interesting. Now to get rid of those darn wires!
    Most likely I will. This was just a test shot. I want to take photos during each of the four seasons for most, if not all, of the historic buildings. This one lacks leaves or any pretty seasonal embellishments such as ground cover of snow, blossoms, etc. So I don't even want to spend time on it. Hopefully some leaves will sprout soon!

    Quote Originally Posted by BF Hammer View Post
    If it were my project, the wires would have to go. Remember what the subject is here and remove what distracts. That may include that yellow road sign on the left side too.
    Yes, I'd definitely remove any road signs, too!

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    Let me explain how I went about the task. I my case I was able to stand under the wires and get the required photos to stitch. Don't know if you have the room as this structure is two story.
    There are quite a few tips on how to remove power lines in Photoshop using content aware fill. Of course they always make it look easy and since I don't use Photoshop can't comment on how well it works.
    I understand what you're saying. The next time I'm over that way, I will see if there is enough room for me to capture the entire building front (in sections) without the wires. The hard part would be straightening every image before merging them together. When I volunteered to take drama photos for the local high school, it was extremely tedious to remove marks on the stage floor (shot from the balcony so the only way to avoid those was to zoom in on the cast's upper bodies). I do remember how painstaking it could be to clean things up. With the grid-like pattern of these shingles, I'm not too thrilled with the prospect of attempting it! Lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    I have a friend that does real estate photography. She enjoys the entire process, except the editing. She uses a service that outsources the editing to a couple of Vietnamese women... My friend says it's embarrassingly inexpensive... Like $10-$15/hr... and she says they're very fast... and very fluent... Her work is impeccable... and she is very sought after in our area here, for higher end homes... I think I'd explore that option for removing the power lines...
    I'm the one who approached them and offered to do this as a fund raiser. So I'm not getting paid. And with the cost of printing calendars, I'm guessing they will only make a few dollars from each one sold. I haven't yet checked out every building, but at least some of them don't have this type of wire issue. However, if one or two images prove to be too daunting, I might consider paying for it out of my pocket.

    Quote Originally Posted by nickt View Post
    I think I'm going to buck the crowd here and say leave them. The nearby old city I grew up in is full of wires, its a mess but its part of the street view and history. If it were a nature scene, I'd be all over erasing them. But its a city and wires are part of the city. Also being a technical guy, it would disturb me to spot electrical masts and connection boxes or meters on the sides of these buildings that are not connected. Your audience might not care about the wires, they grew up with them. There might even be some electricians and utility workers out there that installed those wires. Now satellite dishes are a different story, I hate those things all over city buildings, lol.
    The images I've seen of these historic buildings all had the wires untouched. Since these are historic buildings - some are preserved by this non-profit while others are owned privately - I will probably attempt removing this type of distraction to maintain the village's quaint appeal. At least that's where I'm leaning with my decision as of right now. But we shall see. ol.
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