Jerry Paskowitz  

Sand Village by Jerry Paskowitz

October 2020 - Sand Village

October 2020 - Jerry Paskowitz

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October 2020 - Jerry Paskowitz

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About the Image(s)

My wife and I were walking along the beach on our way to dinner in the late afternoon when we happened to see this phenomenal village built from and on, the sand. Cameras in hand, we stopped to capture some images. I was carrying my second camera, an Olympus E-M1 with a 25mm f/1.8 prime lens. On the way back, the artist was there and he had put tea-lights in the little houses. It was even more amazing at night! This image was shot at 1/30s, f/1.8, ISO100, 25mm (50mm equiv). The body has IBIS so hand-held at 1/30s was no problem. The final image is a composite using two images and stitched using the 'Photo Merge - Panorama' in LrC

The 'extra' images are the daylight shots and a close up of the detail. He is very talented!

9 comments posted

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I've come back to this picture numerous times. I like it but I am not sure why. I am glad you were able to meet the artist, his work is amazing I wonder how long it took him to create? I love the horizontal lines of the houses.
  Posted: 10/08/2020 13:29:19

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
The first comment I wish to make is more philosophical than critical. As photography is a form of art we are effectively artists and with these photos Jerry has used his art to highlight the art of someone else who uses a different art form. My hat's off to you Jerry and I think you did a great job of showing the skill of the other artist.

With that said I have been looking at this photo from more of a documentary perspective. I like the composition in that the village is centered so that we can see all of it and I think you have included just enough of the sand border so that we easily see it as a sand sculpture. For me your lighting is very good in that it allows us to see all of the detail while still having it dark enough so that the lights in the windows take prominence. I see your focus as being sharp so that we can see all the detail and appreciate the skill of the artist. I also appreciate that you have included to additional two images so we get to see a bit of the "work in progress". Overall I think this is a good picture and is successful as a documentary photo.   Posted: 10/09/2020 10:58:04

Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Thanks Ed. The exposure was tricky since it was at night. The quality of the image is a testament to the capability of the Olympus 4/3 system. Note that shooting wide open at f/1.8 the lens produced excellent DOF. I'm not giving up my Nikon kit, but my E-M1 is a terrific second and backup system. I had not considered the image as a 'documentary' but I see your point.   Posted: 10/09/2020 13:52:14

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Nice record of an sand sculpture. The illumination of the entire sculpture defines the details well without over powering the tea light. Well done.   Posted: 10/14/2020 11:43:11

Jeff Coyle   Jeff Coyle
I agree with Ed's comment on the image being more documentary. The sculptor's work is fine, but I don't get a sense of your vision from the image.

It might have been interesting to zoom out to see more of the context.   Posted: 10/14/2020 11:55:38
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
I see your point. I suppose this is one of those images that are more meaningful to the maker than an observer. Kind of a "you had to be there" situation.   Posted: 10/18/2020 12:37:54

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is well done. I like to note similar subjects in the groups. This month, there are two sand sculpture images:
Marge Barham in Group 38.
Jerry Paskowitz in Group 93.   Posted: 10/15/2020 12:26:25

Jean Wu   Jean Wu
I have the same comment as Jeff. You sure did a great post processing job on this image but it doesn't really give me a WOW compares to all other images you submitted before.   Posted: 10/17/2020 10:15:36
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Thanks Jean,
Actually, except for the merging of two images (left side/right side) to get the whole village in one frame, there was almost no PP. But I see the lack of WOW. You guys are a tough crowd (LOL) so I will definitely try to uphold the high standards to which we have all been accustomed. I've been on a couple of hikes in the past week or so looking for spectacular fall colours. Nothing yet...... The colours have been OK but the view through the viewfinder has been 'meh'.   Posted: 10/18/2020 12:44:34


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