Posted on February 6, 2023
This year our group of bloggers has decided to challenge themselves to doing something different each month. Something were we can learn from each other. This month Janet chose the theme ICM or Intentional Camera Movement.
It sounds easy. Well not so much. It’s one thing to move the camera while you are taking the photo, it’s another to get the light right and the shutter speed right and not have a blown out picture.
My first attempt left a lot to be desired. The images were totally blown out and it was only with some post editing that I managed to salvage these 3 images. These 3 appealed to me although I am not sure how much intentional camera movement these show.
I tried using my lensbaby to get a movement effect but it was more bokeh than it was movement.
While the image below is not ICM, the effect the lensbaby gives is one of movement and I love the portal effect.
I then decided I would swing my my favorite sunset spot and see if I could get a few images late evening. I wasn’t very successful there either. I did like the first one but then next two were not what I was looking for.
I am back to the drawing board, watched a few more videos, asked my team for feedback and then went back out again. This time I chose to go to a walk I know that is kind of dark and not one that I am crazy about walking on my own. However, I knew that the direct light would not be as bright as the other places I had tried. What I do like about these images is the very wintery effect that they have. This particular walk has a lot of tall trees with Spanish Moss growing on them.
I finally feel like I found my groove. I set my camera in the upper range of the F-stop, with the ISO at 100 and the shutter speed varying around 1/8 sec. This seems to be what worked for me.
I have to be honest, this was hard. I tend to try to get crisp nature images so the blur, not unlike the lensbaby, kind of challenges me visually. However, it was fun attempting this style and hopefully I got some images that will work with what Janet was aiming for when she chose this theme.
This is a circle blog and as I mentioned, we have some very talented ladies in the group. The sneak peaks are stunning and I cannot wait to see the rest. Take some time to follow the links and see what they have for you this month. My incredibly talented friend Katherine of Cobert Photography is up next. I can’t wait to see what she has to share. You can see more of her work by clicking on her Instagram page. Definitely check out her incredible art.
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