By Aidan O'Rourke
The twin minarets pictured above against a pinkdusk sky make an attractive
picture. The only introsive element is the modern style lamp post on the right.
Let's remove it!
Using the cloning tool, we copy pixels from the area of sky to the right
of the lamp post, and paste them over the lamp post. It's rather like the
medical procedure where skin is grafted from one part of the body to another.
Let's zoom in onto the upper wall of the mosque, where it is intersected
by the lamp post. We will need to clone one of the dark pointed shapes on
the wall of the mosque and paste it over the lamp post. We specify the source
point of the cloning tool by pressing the option/alt key and clicking the
mouse. We do this on the exact point of the shape. We specify the pasting
point by locating the cursor and simply clicking. We will do this at the
exact point where we would expect the pointed shape to appear. We will continue
down to the bottom of the picture, copying the darker tone of the wall and
pasting it onto the lamp post.
Zooming out again we can now see the finished picture - with the unsightly
lamp post removed. Some people may also like to remove the satellite dish
and possibly the water tower, but I have decided to leave them as they are
familiar features of the city at rooftop level, and aren't too instrusive.
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 990 with 2x teleconverter attached and set at full optical
Date of capture:
About this picture: Mosques are an integral feature of the landscape of the
UAE, and are built in an amazing variety of styles. We can see that the two
minarets are at an angle to the surrounding buildings. This is because all mosques,
wherever they are in the world, are built to face Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This
mosque is visible from Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi, next to the Sands Hotel.