27 November, 2010

A Stunning View

The good old fashioned way.

Lets face it. Every tourist attraction has, well, tourists, lots of them; and there aren’t too many things that we can do about it. Sometimes having a few people in the shot adds to the composition and enhances the mood. However, in all circumstances, the woman eating the bean burrito in the corner has to go. Lets take a few moments to go over our options.

We Could:
– Get up early and visit locations before anyone is awake (very effective).
– Go in the off season or during bad weather days (also effective).
– Yell fire and watch everyone flee in panic (my personal favorite).

These are all useful options but sometimes we have no choice but to do it the Good Old Fashioned Way and Clone Them Out! — Check out the woman on the left as she just disappears! All hail the art form that is the ‘Photoshop Clone Stamp’.

Daily Banana – A Stunning View

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About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, videographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, public speaker, and highly skilled educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


As featured by Professional Photographer MagazineCNet Australia,, Wacom USA, and Fstoppers, Elia has built an engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across FacebookGoogle+TwitterInstagramYouTube, and Snapchat. Due to the years of dedication and genuine openness with his audience, he has become one of the most followed photographers in the world.


Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 55 countries, flown over one million miles, and collaborated with major companies, brands, countries, and tourism agencies all over the world.


Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing methods, Elia has developed a widely recognized and highly unique style of photography that has become well known around the world. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, beauty, depth and emotion. Many of his photos have been used in some of the most widely circulated publications in the world including National Geographic.


Throughout the journey, he shares the Art of Photography on many different websites including his popular blog, blamethemonkey.com, teaches post-processing workshops worldwide, speaks at major international photography conventions, and is proud to be one of the founders and leaders of Dream Photo Tours.

  • john mclaughlin

    i can see the difference you made with the cloning, strong work!

  • I love your work and I had been learning from you since I start to fallow you. Thank you for all the great inputs. I would love to see more of your flow work.

    • Hi Cintia, thanks for the comment! I’ll be releasing new tutorials this year, so stay tuned. 🙂

  • Allwyn Stanley

    Lovely work 🙂

  • Hi Elia
    I haven’t tried HDR as yet but have been truly inspired by your images to get stuck in.
    My only reservation of which I have only seen on 1 of your images{ Daily banana a stunning view} is the sort of light halo effect
    between the buildings and the sky . Is this effect unavoidable on some images when shooting HDR.
    I did notice quite a lot of Ken Kaminesky images had this effect. It’s something that would annoy me but is this acceptable in HDR photography.
    Please don’t think I’m being critical it’s purely an observation on my part.
    Look forward to hearing from you


    • Hi Alan,

      What you’re seeing is an old style of processing; a style that we haven’t really been using for a few years now. That’s why you don’t see it reflected in our latest images. Mostly it was due to “over processing” the images with Photomatix Pro.