Deep blue sea

Surfer and pho­tog­ra­pher Abbi’s two ob­ses­sions in­spire her aquatic ab­stracts

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My favourite time of year to shoot is in the win­ter. I’ll wade out into the Cor­nish sea, kit­ted up in thick neo­prene with my Nikon D7000 in­side its wa­ter­proof hous­ing, and it’s worth brav­ing the cold for the moody skies and un­pre­dictable seascapes that I love to shoot.

I’ve al­ways had a pas­sion for the sea. Whether I’m surf­ing rough waves, div­ing in calmer wa­ters or sail­ing the windswept coast­line, there is some­thing phenom­e­nal about be­ing in an un­con­trol­lable en­vi­ron­ment.

I grad­u­ated in Ma­rine and Nat­u­ral His­tory Pho­tog­ra­phy from Fal­mouth Univer­sity, and my fi­nal project fo­cused on doc­u­ment­ing the in­tri­cate in­di­vid­ual re­la­tion­ships that we have with the ocean. I re­alised that to do the sea jus­tice with my cam­era I was go­ing to have to get it wet. Ev­ery­one loves ocean­scapes that fea­ture the set­ting sun or the light of dawn, but I feel like I’ve seen pic­tures like that so many times. Sea mist, stormy waves and heavy rain are just as pic­turesque.

Nau­ti­cal Nikon

For my un­der­wa­ter work I put my Nikon D7000 in­side Nau­ti­cam hous­ing with a dome port and use dual strobe lights. My 10mm-17mm lens al­lows me to get close to the ac­tion but still end up with great wide-an­gle shots. For ocean­scapes taken from dry land I usu­ally use a 18mm-105mm lens to give me a longer range, depend­ing on how close to the sea front I am. I’m a keen surfer, so get­ting into the wa­ter when the ocean is freez­ing and choppy doesn’t bother me, but I’m care­ful to

01 Un­derwa ter Nikon D7000, Tok­ina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5, 1/100 sec, f/9, ISO100

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