This photo is inspired by the many incredible B&W minimalist seascapes that some of my very talented contacts post. It isn't minimalist, per se, with the far shore and bridge in sight, but it was something in that vein that I set out to capture, particularly during these grey, foggy days of winter. I wanted to specifically thank Andy Brown for his extremely helpful advice on how to accomplish the look. I don't know that I've achieved it, but your tips have brought me much closer than I would have been otherwise. I would have liked a more dramatic sky, but the dreary days of early January didn't cooperate.
Technically, this isn't even a seascape, because this was taken on Lake Washington, in the fancy Mount Baker neighborhood. What you can see in the distance is the I-90 bridge and the city of Bellevue, Seattle's neighbor to the East. Why didn't I try this on Puget Sound instead? Because you still have the far shore, and because I was here. :) I hope to make a trip to the coast to try this again for some true minimalism soon.
I've spent most of this post talking about how this isn't what I was going for, but to be honest, I'm very happy with this image. I tend to go for color, but I truly love a good B&W, and this is one of my favorites that I've shot.