Below is a detail of the upper painting.
Probably this is larger than the actual painting. Below is a cropped version of the photo of the scene. The blown up photo shows far more detail than I could actually see with my aging eyesight. But that is not a problem. My goal was to simplify, summarize and group things into areas of values. As you can see I have made the entire building with the chimney a dark value and down played the value variations within it. Then I put the pier in front of it in a light value. I have written about "value stacking" before and this is an example of that. I am stacking a light valued thing on top of a dark one.
I nave also dropped the value of the sand. I wanted my white accents to tell and if I had a big area of white sand they would not. The water tower in the background lights up because I have kept the value of everything around it lower. If you want a high key note to show, you need to stack it onto a dark one.I am always looking for ways to get my darks against lights and my lights against the darks.
I also wanted to caution you about this sort of thing. I am showing some grad level technique here. I assume that you have the skills to portray the scene as it actually is. That is the basic skill and must be learned first. Until you have that ability it is best to play it straight and work on your chops until you do, rather than altering the scene as I have described.