Lou McLove  

Petropolis  by Lou McLove

May 2022 - Petropolis

May 2022 - Lou McLove


About the Image(s)

This is a local oil refinery, I took this image a few years ago. I titled it Petropolis because I think that it looks like a city. I took this with my DJI Mavic, at f2.2, 1/2100 second. I cropped the image in Lightroom and I sharpened it in Topaz Sharpen_Ai.

12 comments posted

Don Stouder   Don Stouder

The sharpening of the original image using Topaz worked great. The amount of detail you captured is stunning. The rising smoke adds interest to your shot.

I personally like the added color saturation of the grass in the foreground. The sky is not terribly interesting to me. I would have tried using the Sky Replacement tool of Photoshop to give it a bit more character. But that is probably a no-no for any PSA competition.   Posted: 05/01/2022 18:54:19
Pete Scifres   Pete Scifres
Color PID you could replace the sky   Posted: 05/01/2022 21:20:29
Don Stouder   Don Stouder
Thanks, Pete. I had forgotten about that. I guess that is why Adobe thought that adding that capability to PS/LR would be appropriate for a professionally used program.   Posted: 05/02/2022 09:18:23
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks for the comments Don. I will try the sky replacement.   Posted: 05/02/2022 07:53:12

Pete Scifres   Pete Scifres
Echoing Don's comment I love the detail!

Compositionally I don't think the "Toledo" tank and grass are helpful. Maybe, if you could have legally flown there, I would have come in closer and more to the right and not have the tank in the image.   Posted: 05/01/2022 21:25:08
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks for the comments Pete. I have some views from different angles but none to close, I may have some without the Toledo tank, although some sentimental Toledo people may prefer the tank stay in the photo. This was formerly a Sun Oil refinery but I guess they got out of the refining business.   Posted: 05/02/2022 07:57:00
Don Stouder   Don Stouder
I like the Toledo tank in the photo. It identifies the location and completes the story for me.
  Posted: 05/02/2022 09:35:54
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks Don, I do wish it was right on the bottom edge.   Posted: 05/02/2022 10:22:39

Drema Swader   Drema Swader
Hi Lou. I agree with Pete that the round tank is a distraction that draws the eye right down to it. It was the first thing I saw when I looked at the photo. If it was not there your eye would have been drawn right up across the image to the beautiful smoke coming out of the smokestack.

Cropping the tanks from the left was good, and although I thought the cloud in the upper right was pretty, it does draw the eye up towards the outside of the photo a little more than it should. So I think getting rid of it and just leaving a few wisps was a good move. However, the right edge of the smoke just above the horizon looks a little manipulated, so I would try to soften it there a bit. Otherwise, the smoke replacement was pretty good.

Other than the round tank, I like the composition and the processing. I'll bet this would make an interesting night shot too, those refineries look pretty neat lit up at night (I have not tried any nighttime drone photography yet, just twilight. I've heard it is not legal but I have seen some photographers post nighttime drone shots)   Posted: 05/02/2022 12:17:30

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
Like it!. Indeed, first I thought it was a city, only reading your description I realized what it is. The smoke is funny, it looks like a sheep or the ghost of Petropolis :)
The Toledo tank is fine, the only problem for me is that I can see only a part of it. Maybe coming back only a few meters, you could capture the whole ball.
  Posted: 05/11/2022 09:20:49
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hi Janos, thanks for the comments. The votes on the Toledo Tank are split but I think that I prefer it in the image. I agree with you that it would be better if the whole tank were visible.   Posted: 05/11/2022 10:20:31
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Now I see the sheep.   Posted: 05/11/2022 12:18:42


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