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ICM

This abbreviation stands for Intentional Camera Movement. It aims to paint with light and shapes by moving the camera whilst using long shutter speeds. It's a way of creating abstract images. The ones below are single exposures, meaning they are straight from the camera and not post-processed. Disclaimer: unless stated otherwise ☺. One more thing, I 'll include the technical details should you be interested.

Volcanic landscape

A grey sky subdued the colours of this image. The white shapes look like a flock of sheep, but they're houses in the shape of the movement I made. Shutter speed 1/8 sec, F/45, 300 mm, ISO200, full frame, unfinished circular movement.

--- 11 Jan 2021, Guatiza (E) 👁 lanzarote ---

ICM image of Mala with volcanic backdrop

Stormy weather

This boat needs a capable pilot that leads it to quieter waters. Single Exposure, 1/10 sec, F/32, 300 mm, ISO200, IS disabled, handheld. Full frame, I added a bit of water to the left to give the boat some more space.

--- 3 Jan 2021, Arrecife 👁 icm ---

Boat in San Gines Lagoon at Arrecife

Volcanic landscape (2)

Especially when the sun is on and off, you get great contrasts in the volcanic colours. But today was cloudy and the shades get even more subtle. The ICM makes the village look like little sailboats. Shutter speed 1/15 sec, F/45, 300 mm, ISO200, unfinished circular movement.

--- 10 Jan 2021, Mala (E) 👁 lanzarote ---

ICM image of Mala with volcanic backdrop

Volcanic landscape (2)

Near Mala there's a ridge of volcans with colours that are even captivating in the rain. I shot this from the car with my side window open and got wet nevertheless. Shutter speed 1/6 sec, F/45, 260 mm, ISO200, wavy movement.

--- 8 Jan 2021, Mala (E) ---

Volcanic hills near Mala

Flying low

And getting your head down. Apparently it works because he/she flew off with something edible. Shutter speed 1/10 sec, F/22, 300 mm, ISO200, movement top right to bottom left.

--- 28 Dec 2020, Playa Quemada (E) ---

Landing gull among rocks and weeds

Twin tree

Municipality parks on Lanzarote don't have grass but lava gravel. Must be a maintenance matter. Or lack of water. Anyway, two white barks against a brown backdrop make a nice sight. They remind me of a white mare's legs. Shutter speed 0,5 sec, F/27, 79 mm, ISO200, upward movement with a slight twist.

--- 28 Dec 2020, Tías (E) ---

Two white trees brown background

Surf school

Lots of hustle and bustle at Famara beach with these surf schools. I tried to get the light that I admire in so many beach paintings from previous centuries. 1/8 sec, F/32, 70 mm, ISO200, horizontal movement from L to R, single shot, contrast was upped a little to create darker parts.

--- 21 Dec 2020, Famara (E) ---

Ash-tree ICM

Dogman

There he goes, a poodle that's afraid of the water under his right arm and a greyhound on a leash on the other side, the Dogman. Gosh, suppose he lets this greyhound go, I thought. At that very moment he stooped and unleashed it. OK: on a narrow beach capturing a running greyhound is a mission impossible. So I have to make do with this one. 1/10 sec, F/22, 105 mm, ISO200, horizontal movement from L to R, single shot, no post-processing.

--- 14 Dec 2020, Arrieta (E) ---

ICM of man walking a dog on the beach

Palm leaf

There's a group of palms nearby with striking grey/bluish leaves that look like circular saws. I added a bit of teal to the blue bits, but as for the rest: straight from the camera. Single shot, 1/10 sec at F/22 at 300 mm focal length.

--- 19 Dec 2020, Mala (E) subtropical ---

Palm leaf ICM

Agave

Such a creative plant the agave is. It's always interesting with whatever light is available. I am using the disclaimer (see intro) now, as below you will find the original shot plus an enlarged version on top at a 90 degree angle. 1/4 sec at F/11 at 178 mm focal length.

--- 19 Dec 2020, Coníl (E) subtropical ---

Ash-tree ICM

Close to home (1)

Outside our house are an ash-tree and two willows. I can see them from my first floor office. Pointing the camera down gives them a different perspective. With a long lens I concentrated on the willow's crown, using a slight movement to catch the wind moving the bluish grey leaves at the branches' tips. They are smaller and more fragile, about to be blown away (1/10 sec at F/32).

--- 26 Oct 2020, Est (NL) ---

Willow across the street ICM

Close to home (2)

The type of light plays an important role with ICM. The picture above was made with an overcast sky, but the one below was in the spotlight of a sharp sun late in the afternoon. This created a massive contrast enhanced by a long shutter-speed. The movement was upwards with a small radius (1/10 sec at F22).

--- 4 Dec 2020, Est (NL) ---

Willow in the late afternoon light ICM

Close to home (3)

It was a windy and cloudy afternoon when I took this shot of the old willow across the street. The colours are unaltered. I made a lighter copy, put it behind the original and moved it to the right to fill the gap that was made by the white sky. This image is also used for our Christmas card 2020 (1/8 sec at F11).

--- 15 Nov 2020, Est (NL) ---

Willow

Close to home (4)

Low evening light in the autumn made the sun stroke the leaves of the old willow. 1/8 sec, F/11, 100 mm, ISO 200.

--- 12 Nov 2020, Est (NL) ---

Willow

Close to home (5)

The willows are bare now. I shot the branches against a dark background of a raincloud. 1/10 sec, F/27, 140 mm.

--- 4 Dec 2020, Est (NL) ---

Branches of a willow against a dark background

Reed in a ditch

Quite close there is a nature reserve, De Steendert, where we can go for a walk. This is reed in a ditch, the light was already low. It is a single exposure as are the others, here I played around a bit using a copy to get the reed reflecting in the water slightly more (1/8 sec at F9.5).

--- 15 Nov 2020, Est (NL) behind the screens ---

Reed in ditch

Birch wood

On our way back I saw a group of birches (together with the willow and the olive my favourite tree). One way or another I didn't think they were very photogenic and moreover there was an iron fence at their feet that disturbed me, so I took a few ICMs of their trunks. At home I played around a bit post-processing the image, made a copy of this image, cut it in half, changed left and right, glued them together and moved them over the original picture to the left until I had a satisfactory composition. I used dark monochrome settings for the colours to make the wood even less inviting than it was (105 mm, upward movement, 1/8 sec, F/11, ISO200).

--- 15 Nov 2020, Est (NL) ---

Group of birches

Rapeseed

This is a very unusual ICM: I hardly moved my camera but still the image is blurred. Reason: I was in the train from Berlin to Amsterdam that was doing 160 km/h ... I did enhance the image post-processing, 160 km/h is not fast when the subject is far away.

--- 25 April 2019, Wolfsburg (D) ---

Rapeseed field from the train

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