There are lots of reasons to get out and paint on location. One is to learn how much your camera "lies" to you.
A good exercise is to make a sketch of relative shapes and sizes and take a photo from the same location. Then compare both - notice the distortion, particularly in distant shapes. Benefit - it gives the need/freedom in the studio to read into what photos are giving and to manage to the benefit of the painting.
In this case I did a simple quick sketch of shapes and relative values ( thats the D MD ML and Light on the sketch). I tried to be accurate in representing each shape: buildings, trees, lane, etc. Then I took photos from the same location and same height as my eye - the same eye I used to make the sketch.
Notice the difference. Camera pushes background back.
I used the sketch to make a quick plan on 12x12 linen board using an acrylic marker. Painting water-mixable oils. Made wash using aliz crimson. Then did a simple quick block-in of the relative shapes and values using a large firm brush. Left the shapes flat and just focused on relative values. Needed to extend the darks over the building to enhance the lights.
Result is a bit of an Edward Hopper flat-shape look to things ( I wish).
Been getting out of control again with my acrylics. All commitments met so have decided to tighten up accuracy, while still trying to be "me" for the next few weeks working on "correctness" with simple architectural and figurative scenes in oils.
A fun hour.