Ok so here is another pano made with my G9. This shot is the same plaza
as in the other shot of the Mayan Ruins only taken from the opposite side
and up higher and is composed of just 2 shots.
The first is un altered and you can some pesky tourist stand around in the plaza
Then I decided to remove the poeple from the shot and do a little enhancement
to color and bring down the highlights some on the stone and darken the
image somewhat as it was in the middle of a rather dense forest and
I wanted to try and capture more of the somewhat somber mood I felt
as I stood there in the deep shade on a structure that was almost holy
being some 4000 years old.
I used PhotoShop CS version 8 which I believe cost me around $100,
its a much less expensive version of the software.
I used a combination of tools for this, the first thing I did was to use the
"healing" tool to "airbrush" out the people. This is a very nice feature,
you simply pick an area near where you want to work, set the brush
size and density and start to work over the area you want modify, the
tool will replace the area being worked with a copy of the area you
choose in the initial pick. As you work the area you can change the "pick"
point to reflect the changing background around the area you are
airbrushing out. It took about 45 minutes to remove all 6 people.
You have to work fairly close in and change the density and size
of the brush as you go.
Then I used the levels tools to bring down the highlights some and
then the highlight/shadow tools to bring out the shadows a tad.
Finally I used the color replacement tool to deepen the greens and
browns for the final "somber" effect.
All in all it took me a little over and hour to make all the changes.
And ALWAYS remember to make a copy before you start to work on
such a project. You can also make a new layer to work on rather than
working right on the main image layer, this the generally accepted way
to ensure you can back out of any changes without effecting the base layer.