Paul McLaughlin  

Tenean Cityscape by Paul McLaughlin

September 2020 - Tenean Cityscape

September 2020 - Paul McLaughlin


About the Image(s)

I stumbled on this view one summer morning two years ago. It is a view of Boston from Tenean Beach in Dorchester (a section of Boston). What caught my attention was the sand. I thought that the likelihood of stumbling across such a fresh view, totally free of litter was small. When I got home, I began to appreciate how the tracks in the sand brought my eyes to the gas tank, the yacht club, and the UMass campus.
I did a lot of minor adjusting to the image, cropped slightly, took some of the glare out of the water, slightly sharpened and lightened the gas tank. I did sharpen the entire image with NIK Pro 3 Output Sharpener.

4 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Really nice shot. Great capture of the tire tracks leading into the frame. I actually think you have two more potential ways to crop this: First, crop out the buildings in the background so the tracks lead to the water. And second, crop to the edge of the sand so you focus strictly on the patterns in the sand. All three versions, including your initial one, provide a graphically pleasing image. One small item: The horizon dips slightly to the left. A small adjustment to straighten it would help. Again, great job of capturing a creative image.   Posted: 09/06/2020 17:45:36

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
Nice cityscape with a gorgeous s-curve in the sand patterns. Initially I agreed with Mike about the horizon but looking at it more closely lead me to believe that the "lean" may be from the curve of the land.

A couple of really minor things to try to see if they strengthen the image: (1) crop up from the bottom so that the s curve comes in from the bottom right corner and (2) crop just a bit of the sky (maybe half of what's above the tower) because it's not really adding a lot to the image.   Posted: 09/06/2020 18:04:35

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
Thank you both. They are great suggestions. I will try all of them.   Posted: 09/07/2020 09:30:43

John Zhu   John Zhu
I like the curves and it creates a strong impression to the viewer. I rather remove the gas tank. The tank does not match the overall tune of the image.   Posted: 09/14/2020 14:16:02


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