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"Refinery"


Nine years ago when I took this photograph of the Irving oil refinery in St. John, New Brunswick, I framed it so that the highway ran diagonally across the bottom of the image. Looking at it now, I wish I had framed it with the edge of the road parallel to the bottom of the frame.

This kind of change is easily made with a horizontal perspective adjustment, rotating the image around a vertical axis running through the center of the frame. As is always the case with a perspective adjustment, a crop is forced. But the photo needed cropping in any case because there was too much uninteresting space at the tops and sides of the BEFORE image.

I corrected the underexposure of the BEFORE image. The light was also dull because the morning fog from the nearby Bay of Fundy had not yet completely burned off. To counter this I used tone curve and fine contrast adjustments to add clarity and contrast.

I paid special attention to adding contrast to the fuel storage tanks on the left. I wanted to highlight the bold black letters spelling out the family name, proclaiming "We own this refinery!".

I love the intricate detail of the refinery complex, and used tone curve and contrast adjustments to accentuate it.

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