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Provincetown Dune Shack by Gordon Saperia

June 2020 - Provincetown Dune Shack

About the Image(s)

"Provincetown Dune Shack" taken last week as part of a new series of "shacks at night.". Taken with Nikon D850 with Nikkor 24-70 at 26 mm. ISO 640, 8 seconds, f/8. All suggestions welcome.

I struggled with how much to lighten the green foliage since it's not well seen at night and not the focus of the image. So people prefer it darker (more of a silhouette or dark space), the way it is or more illuminated?

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13 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Nice photo. Perfectly executed. I suggest cropping out the little tower on the right. I believe you can do this without crowding the dune shack. To me, it seems a bit of an intrusion on the overall tone of the image.   Posted: 06/08/2020 14:01:24
Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
Thanks Mike. See my comment below.   Posted: 06/30/2020 04:36:14

John Zhu   John Zhu
The photo presents a peaceful setting with lots of interesting points. I like to have a bit brighter green foliage to express the depth of land. Also I like to reduce the weight/size of the house.   Posted: 06/08/2020 14:32:37
Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
Thanks John. See my comment below.   Posted: 06/30/2020 04:36:28

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
Beautifully done - I hope we get to see more of the series! I love the natural light look of the scenery.   Posted: 06/08/2020 18:58:15
Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
Thanks Theresa. See my comment below.   Posted: 06/30/2020 04:36:48

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
I like the photo as is. I agree with Mike that the tower needs to go. If you don't want to crop and don't mind PS something like that out, I'd PS it out.   Posted: 06/25/2020 08:47:54
Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
Thanks Maria. See my comment below.   Posted: 06/30/2020 04:37:31

Nancie Clark   Nancie Clark
Very nice! Love the stars and the dimly lit dunes. The color of the shack porch makes it pop out of the darkness. I agree, remove the tower. I love the isolated feeling and the cloud wisps across the sky. I do like the idea of seeing a little foliage to give some depth. But if it isn't very defined, it might be more of a distraction to the house. This is a great idea for a series! Hope you will share more.   Posted: 06/25/2020 18:30:33
Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
Thanks Nancie. See my comment below.   Posted: 06/30/2020 04:38:04

Trinda Love   Trinda Love
I'll enjoy seeing this series too.
What to do? There is something about the balance here that seems too even to me. The horizon is very centered, and the house and distant tower are both the same distance from the edges. I kinda think I like the tower myself, contrary to popular opinion. I wondered about making this a vertical or a square shot. I thought, gee if photoshop-ing, maybe make the tower a bit bigger?? I like the counterpoint of the building with tower, just not everything so very even. Maybe the tower moves to the left? And maybe darken the bottom a little so my eye doesn't flow off from the brightly lit ground in front of the cabin.   Posted: 06/27/2020 16:14:49
Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
Thanks Trinda. See my comment below.   Posted: 06/30/2020 04:37:48

Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
Thanks all for the comments. I have three versions of the tower: as is, taller, and removed. I agree with Trinda that is offers a counterpoint to the shack.I will try darkening the bottom a little and bringing out some detail in the the foliage.   Posted: 06/30/2020 04:35:51