Recently I was reading about documentary versus interpretive photography . My sense is that this topic is misleading because whatever is framed within the viewfinder is real unless the subject has been manipulated in some way .
This picture is real or documentary in nature but my interpretation is strictly visual . As the sun was setting over the Pacific Ocean and from my vantage point ( the car ) I saw a series of lines and bands of colour . The summer temperatures and humidity cause immense fog banks to form over the open water . What you are looking at is an illustration of this natural phenomenon portrayed in a way to take advantage of a receding tide which leaves rivulets of water along the shoreline . I think of this as documenting a landscape in an interpretive manner .