The beauty of waves gets often overlooked. When taking photography groups on cruises to the Arctic or Galapagos I hardly ever see any of the participants pointing their camera at waves or the ship’s wake. The waves are right there, rolling, smooth, colorful when reflecting the ship’s paint, the sky or the mountains in the background. You don’t even have to search for them like for wildlife in the distance through your binoculars. Just look down!
One midnight in the Arctic summer while cruising in northern Svalbard the sea was totally calm and the ship’s wake smooth without any ripples caused by wind. I used my 600 mm lens to isolate the wake and pressed the shutter at the exact moment when one of the tiny waves started to break. Until today this image has remained to be one of my favorite abstracts.