With respect to another thread started today by Ben, I suggested that the Clone Tool could be used to remove unsightly foreground objects. I was amazed to hear it's not allowed (not allowed?)
Well, I know that if it isn't used they'd be less high quality shots on this database.
Dirt, dust,scratches are unavoidable.
I'm not for one minute suggesting the promotion of composite photographs. I do know the difference. I hope that those who respond know too.
So, are you a purist or a pragmatist?
Other than "cleaning" up dirt:
Would you wipe out that annoying crow flying by causing a black blur? The foreground can of coke on the grass right in front of the subject? The front of a telephoto lens or a stray pointing hand that has crept into the right or left hand side of the frame by the person next to you at a busy airshow?
The Clone Police