Sometimes the illusion is more engaging than the reality. And what's interesting is to cultivate the ability to know when that will be the case. In this instance, the water was coated with a delicate cover of ice that was only slightly colder than the water - it was thin ice, barely enough to notice and certainly not enough to venture out on.
So there it was, shiny with colors and textures that spoke to me, well beyond the simple facts of what was there. It was such a wonderfully ambiguous visual moment, it captured me before I captured it.
In this case, I knew what I saw but I wasn't clear about what the camera would record. And indeed, what I saw was very different from this. And, as I'm increasingly coming to lately, what I was able to tease out of the image was considerably different - and more interesting - than what was initially recorded. Lots of changes, manipulation, re-seeing.
I'm fine with that - in fact, that's what I love about my work: the collaboration between (among?) the world around me, my vision, and the technology that supports that vision. To play with all of these is quite a wonder!