Alison McMahan  

York Beach by Alison McMahan

July 2021 - York Beach

July 2021 - Alison McMahan


July 2021 - Alison McMahan

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July 2021 - Alison McMahan

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About the Image(s)

This time I was trying to create a series of photographs that conveyed a similar feeling to the paintings of Spanish Impressionist painter Joaquin Sorolla. Sorolla painted many subjects but my favorites are his beach paintings. You can see some of them here:

I went to York Beach in Maine one day and walked around. A peaceful beach, people emerging and cautiously enjoying the beach, maskless but still careful to keep a distance from each other. I took about three dozen pictures, then whittled them down to the three that I cropped, did a little slider work on (mostly to make the gray New England day look a little bluer, like Sorolla's paintings), and then put in a frame using an app called Canva (

So attached is my final picture (three images in a colored band), and then three originals.
Camera info: Canon 5D Mark III, 24-70mm zoom lens set at 70mm, 1/2500 sec, ISO 320, aperture priority.

It feels great to have time to plan a photo, go out and try to get what I imagined, and bring it home!

7 comments posted

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Alison, I like the final images after you have cropped and worked them. You have been able to make some great images. I like the triptych idea too. I'm not really a fan of that big, colourful border though. It is hard to see past it to the image itself. Perhaps a narrower border would overcome this.   Posted: 07/10/2021 20:18:17

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Overall nice lighting which fits in with the sort of seascape paintings Sorolla did. The triptych idea is a good one but I think might work better if the horizons were aligned a bit (like the rough example I have put together) but that is a personal view.   Posted: 07/13/2021 05:42:37
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Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
I like the triptych idea, but would prefer it to be one and the same image divided into three parts. I find the color around the composition a bit distracting. Did you try and take a pano? I think that could work quite nicely for you.   Posted: 07/13/2021 12:59:02

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Alison, I like the three images you chose and that you were trying yourself a technique a Spanish artist (whose work I was not familiar with) who you admired. I think you need to work some more on the beach to fill out your repertoire.

My personal preference would be to tone down the framing and framing colors which I think detract from your beautiful images. I think the others have good suggestions.

  Posted: 07/13/2021 20:00:01

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
Love that you had an inspiration and project in mind. Thank you for the link to the painter - beautiful work. I love triptychs and have wanted to try them.I think the borders you chose would make a great postcard and like you took a bold chance with your art. For hanging, the standard size and minimal borders would be lovely as well. I think this makes a lovely portfolio idea.   Posted: 07/14/2021 07:10:43

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
I've read all the comments. I agree the colorful border was too distracting. I made a new border with a color form the images.
I think the real problem, though, is that each image is a different scale. There is no way to arrange them that gets around that. This looks a little better, but I can see that to really make this concept work I need to go back and try again.   Posted: 07/18/2021 16:44:31
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Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
or this   Posted: 07/18/2021 16:48:04
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