Freud and Picasso were sitting on a bench…
Unfortunately I’ve forgotten the punch line.
But at least I remembered how to use the Content Aware Fill command in Photoshop CS5.
Here’s the original photo taken in Santa Rosa:
Sometimes it’s impossible to simply crop out distractions like the fire hydrant and lamp post above. You can try changing your position, but in this example a head on angle showed the storefronts, cars, and pedestrians across the street. So you’re forced to do some work in post. In the past it would require a lot of careful cloning, but with Photoshop CS5 you need only make selections around the elements you want to remove and choose Edit / Fill /Content-Aware.
I left the planter in the background because it wasn’t a distraction and actually provided some balance to the distorted angle. However, I applied a blur to tone it down a bit.
If the fire hydrant had been red, I might have lived with it, but white steals the show.