I had the good fortune to spend my holidays in a house overlooking the ocean in northern California. The abnormally warm and dry weather enticed us to walk on the beach everyday and I had plenty of opportunities to study the waves and receding water patterns. To many this is an everyday sort of thing, but to me, a resident in the semi arid mountain/plains of Colorado, it is rare enough to be very special.
I like to play with various filters to study the essence of a photographic capture of the water as the camera stopped it. One can see the way to draw or paint it better by breaking it down a little. Below is a cropped portion of the above photo as rendered by two filters: the cutout and the dry brush. The simplifying that the filters do makes the color pattern more obvious. As always I love the abstract quality–the essence but no longer very realistic.
Another example using the cutout filter (to edit out some of the details) on the above photo:
–and a different kind of water providing the prismatic color and the lovely repetition of line in the clouds: