Impressionist to Abstract.

A few days ago I decided to experiment with a technique called Intentional Camera Movement, or ICM. Most of the time photographers take steps to ensure that their camera does not move while an image is being made. This usually involves the use of a tripod. Alternatively, a fast shutter speed can greatly reduce the affect of unintentional camera movement on a photograph. So what about the creative possibilities of deliberately moving the camera during exposure? If the number of articles on the topic I have come across recently is anything to go by, there seems to be growing interest in ICM. Check out the June 5 blog post by Darwin Wiggett on oopoomoo then follow the link to Michael Orton’s website to view some beautiful images made using ICM. I suggest you also take a look at The Visual Imagination, an e-book by David duChemin available from Craft & Vision. The first image below reminds me of an Impressionist painting, or is that a little presumptuous? Moving further down, the photographs become progressively more abstract. In the top three images I moved the camera vertically by different amounts, and at different rates. In the last one I moved the camera in a circular motion. All the photographs were made using a Nikon D800 with a 14-24 mm wide-angle lens at either f16 or f22. Shutter speeds were between 0.4 sec and 1.3 sec. I will continue to work with ICM to improve my technique and explore the possibilities.
      
©Chris Bone 2014
 
©Chris Bone 2014
 
©Chris Bone 2014
 
©Chris Bone 2014
 
 

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