Thanks for the kind comments! Yes Uwe, it is an abstract. It is only a tiny part of a mountain range that spread before me in about 160 degrees of field vision. The part would have been less than 5 degrees and I used my 50-500mm, fully extended. The attached file is a little closer, without the white matting and title.
(sorry, my English gallery still is under construction...)
Frames may carry the risc that you distract fom the picture itself ... well I am still thinking and watching ....
Another point ......
Since 1999 I have been in digital photography!
I started up in 1997 .... although not really convinced!! In 1999 I got my Olympus Camedia C1400 L which made me firmly believe that digital was the future ... This camera (which was really expensive in those days and took me severe negotiations with my wife ... ) was my personal breakthrough to digital photography.
The computer then replaced my conventional darkroom and "brought me up" to the daylight when developing my photos.
What am I driving at?!
Well, I also did quite a number of colour photos in my former conventional darkroom. Most of may work really was black and white! First, because colours used to be expensive ... secondly ... because B&W was much quicker..... thirdly??????
Did I like it?! Do I like it?! Honestly, .... I do not know!
My gallery does not contain just one single B&W picture.
(Maybe this is, because the SIGMA SDs are such wonderful colour cams?!)
For the sake of pure logic ... B&W means doing without considerable image information, which a colour picture contains.
So, why this decision, when colours do not cost a penny?!
Jim's landscape above is a graceful B&W-photo ..... for sure!
Do you have this picture in colours as well?
Could you show us this picture in colours for comparism?!
What made you decide on B&W?
Many questions .... put by someone ... who unlearned B&W.
I would like to respond with mine. True, there is always the danger that a frame will distract. I chose to apply a white frame because I consider it to complement the image itself, isolating it when viewed on my monitor.
I have only been using digital cameras for a little over 2 years. It was the Foveon technology that made sense to me, together with the simplicity of the Sigma camera. No "bells and whistles". I cannot stand to lose control of my picture taking process, having to rely on what a software engineer thinks the camera must do to interpret the information before it. Really, that "sucks" big time! I am intelligent enough to make up my own mind, thank you.
I also did colour and B&W printing in my own darkroom, spending many hours in that dungeon, sometimes full days. Oh, the sacrifices!
Anyway, this time, with this image, I chose B&W because it increased the intensity of the composition. The colour, because of its scarecity due to the patchy lighting, was a distraction in my opinion.
Incidentally, I stayed at that remote location for almost a complete day and I feel I was rewarded with a few interesting pics, including this one. It was a location I found last summer and I thought, "this needs snow!"
Watching the clouds create their effects contributed to my experience here and at times my emotions were really on edge as I witnessed nature "at work" on this scene. I always try to connect my heart and my camera together with my mind and observational processes.