Whilst away on Business in the Exeter area, I’d thought I’d take a trip to nearby Exmouth. There’s nothing like visiting the seaside when you are migrating users to a new system. It takes you away from the everyday stresses and clears the mind. The sea air, fish and chips, the sounds of the waves, oh and the sounds of gulls!! It all helps. It was a dull, overcast evening in Exmouth. No light at all, so the conventional image taking techniques where binned off and other techniques were needed. ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) is a technique I’m been playing with lately. ICM is where you “Intentional” move the camera during exposure. Longish exposures are needed to get the effect. You are not worried about tripods, grad filters, depth of field or remote controls. You will need a neutral density filter. Anywhere from 3 stops to 10 stops depending on the weather and conditions. I’ve got a 6 stop which seems about right. You can also use your polariser filter as that will add a natural 2 stop filters, then add a 3 stop filters, and this should also do the trick. Remember it has to be a full filter, not a graduated. It is all about the shutter speed. Change your ISO and aperture to get a shutter speed anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds depending on the effect.
The online landscape photography subscription magazine, On Landscape, has some great videos on the effect.
So once you setup, you now have to think creatively. You will need to take a tons of shots, reviewing every so often until you reach the desired effect. There’s no manual on this apart from the actual technique. It is now up to you and your imagination. While I was snapping away I noticed these surfers. So I practiced the technique on them and managed some photographs. I was trying to get the energy of the sea and the surfer, taking away any distracting features. Using shapes and form, and the viewer’s imagination to capture what I was seeing out there.
Anyway I showed them what I was taking. It far from conventional, and they probably hadn’t seen this technique used on their surfing. Anyway I hope the guys enjoy these images.