My brother in law wanted to have a nice holiday at the beginning of this year. So he and his wife decided to visit Egypt and the pyramids. Apparently they had a blast. From the pictures that he sent to me one struck me with a little cry for help. I asked his permission if I could play around with it, and showcase it on my blog, and he agreed.Here is his picture.
Immediately I identified what i didn't like about it. First the sky is not really blue, it's grey. Secondly it needed straightening, and then all the little distractions removed, like the scaffolding by the Sphinx. I was debating if I should remove the fence and the people on the left of the Sphinx. Since I was removing the scaffolding then people should be gone as well. All the decisions made, I set out to work.
First before applying any effect to the photo, I started cloning things out. The scaffolding was fairly easy, but the fence proved to be a little more challenging. Eventually I cloned some of the rock that's in front of the Sphinx and covered the people there. Once all the cloning was done i turn on my effect tool box. This consist primarely of levels, selective color, and absolutely fabulous NIK's Sharpener Pro, and NIK's Color Efex Pro. I am very much a beginner at photoshop, so any help I can from external filters is welcomed. Nik's filters came highly recommended, and after using them for few months, I'm not surprised.
First clean edit:
Here some other effects I thought might work with the finished image.