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INTENTIONAL CAMERA MOVEMENT (Or Brgrgrg Blrargg, Pfpffppffpf and Dddddddde)

Hello all, Forgive the delay in posting this blog. I spent the weekend looking up how to spell the very descriptive words used by some of our members to explain how they took their Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) shots that we all enjoyed last Wednesday evening, 22nd May. A very big thank you to David P for setting up this “show and tell” which was a follow-up to David’s introduction to ICM back in October last year. There were a healthy 53 images from 11 members for all to enjoy and a simple alphabetical order was chosen for who went when. We started with Mark B. He admitted straight away that it was only when we had the ICM intro evening last year that Mark first heard of this photographic method. His selection of images came mainly from New York City (for anyone visiting NYC, Mark’s big tip is to head to the top of the Rockefeller Center for the best views, unimpaired by a glass surround, especially to capture the evening lights) and Switzerland – here it was all about tunnels. Mark said he found it easier to to take this type of image at night as gauging the right shutter speed was far more straightforward than in daylight, when he found most attempts were too bright.

The general consensus was that Mark’s image “Crazy, Man” was worthy of a commendation. So here it is:

We can thank Mark for his technical explanation of how he took this. And I quote: “I just went Brgrgrg, Blrargg) Apologise for any misspelling of this detailed summary 😁 Mandy B took us among the trees at Polesden Lacey. She claimed to be “just playing about” and produced some well-balanced examples. She shared her secret to what we saw as simply going “,Pfpffppffpf”.  Her “Horse Chestnut” image gave us a good range of colour to enjoy. Contrary to that was her “Through the Trees 2”. This was described as having an “ominous background”. Your author was up next. I chose images which gave examples of both horizontal and vertical movement. My aim was to get a balance of colours, especially where I could take the tulips in bloom in the Munich Botanical Gardens earlier this month.  Anne H set out to experiment in the style of one of our past guest speakers, Polina Plotnikova. She took time to lay out her flowers on the kitchen table, using a picnic rug for a backdrop. Seeking both movement and clarity, Anne used shutter speeds of around 2 seconds and “juddered” the camera, explaining thus, “I just went Dddddddde”. No post-processing and a simple vignette and border as added features produced what we saw on the evening. Anne also covered Steve H’s images. These gave us more fine examples of capturing light and creating movement in the shot. We also had Steve’s “essence of tulip” image – a very subtle work. Alan M could not make it but did provide a selection of images to view. These offered a range of techniques such as intentional zoom with a telephoto lens, twisting the camera during the exposure and also a great attempt at capturing light movement; Alan spelling out his name with his phone and setting up his camera to get this in the one shot. David M followed with other examples of intentional zoom and “twirling” his camera during the shot. He admitted that he had over 100 attempts to get something that he was happy with and that he certainly did with his “Tyrells Wood” shot: