Landscape abstractions in color

On a trip to Mono Lake I photographed the Tufas in sunset and with the help of Lee color filters, I created a landscape abstraction

Cloudy ocean

Sometimes a photograph becomes so abstract that it is no longer a representation of reality.

The face of the ocean

Developing my photographs in black and white helps to free my mind, and the viewers’, from the original scene, or from what an equivalent scene is supposed to look like

My mood of the ocean

I like the freedom from reality that black and white gives me. In color, there is often the expectation that a scene has some resemblance with reality, and when it does not, it looks strange. In black and white, by contrast, there is no such expectation because there is no real world in black and white to use as a reference.