Accelerate the Reconstruction

October 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

While planning my Desert Southwest Road Trip, I was looking forward to photographing the Square Tower House in Mesa Verde. When I arrived at the site, I was disappointed to see that the ruins were under construction. For me, the scaffolding is an eyesore:

Using the cloning tool in Photoshop, I was able to remove the scaffolding.

Square Tower HouseSquare Tower HouseSquare Tower House at Mesa Verde National Park in Mesa Verde, Colorado on August 1, 2014

The above image was taken a couple of hours before sunset. My goal was to capture the image with more directional and warmer light. So, I returned to the overlook about 30 minutes before sunset to try again.

Fortunately, the light overall was far more directional and definitely warmer. Unfortunately, the sun sets a bit too far north in the summer for the light rays to hit the ruins. The ruins are blocked to the north by a mesa. The warm light was just missing the ruins!

The only saving grace is that I had the above image on my sensor from earlier. And, that's the best image that I was going to capture like this during this time of year--particularly once the reconstruction was completed in Photoshop.


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