Spoiled your photo?

Not all spoiled photos are bad!

As I was preparing a post for another blog, I was looking for photos of cafe doors. Searching my archives I came across one that was a nice enough image but for some reason or another I took it with the camera way cockeyed. No idea what I was thinking at the time. The other photos in the series were perfectly alright, but this one was the only one that really fit my story.

Here is the original.

45 South Cafe

45 South Cafe

Just not the way I want it. OK, let’s go to Microsoft Image Composite Editor. Nothing to “composite” here, just one frame. ICE won’t accept a single file. So I duplicated it. Loaded it into ICE, told it I was using “Rotating Motion” and had it “Stitch”. It will do that with two copies of the same photo. Then it lets you manipulate it as you like. For “Projection” I used “Perspective”. This let me do some perspective correction as well as rotating the image freely. Now I had a picture I liked. Saved it without cropping.

Since the image was rotated rather strongly the exported image showed a lot of black around the useful picture. That didn’t look so good. Paint to the rescue! Just drop in “white” in each of the black triangles and here we are. What do you think, will this work?

Evening at 45 South Cafe

Evening at 45 South Cafe



© 2016 Ludwig Keck



12 comments on “Spoiled your photo?

  1. ReevePhotos says:

    That’s a great “rescue” Ludwig. I wouldn’t think of using ICE in this way at all.

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  2. Vicky says:

    That worked out really well Ludwig! Great advice…


  3. Walt says:

    you made some great lemonade with that lemon! and creative in a whimsical way.


  4. Very informative! Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I’m not a photo-phile, so I can’t answer your question, except to say that this page makes me feel a bit as if we’re in the middle of an earthquake! We get a lot of those here in San Francisco, so I’m rather used to feeling things go up and then down and then up again. : )

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ludwig says:

      But you did answer the question, Kathryn. Thank you. I never thought that this might be confusing or reminiscent of an earthquake. I appreciate your thoughts!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Not confusing at all, Ludwig. It’s the visual aspect of tipsy turvy the photographs gave, with their angles that prompted the earthquake reference. I often experience earthquakes here first with a sense of dizziness, so was being a bit facetious.

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      • Ludwig says:

        We all think of photos as means of communication. Sometimes what we think we say and what is seen can be surprisingly different. It is a wonderful world!

        Liked by 1 person

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